A cappella festival comes to Cheney Hall

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Manchester - posted Tue., Oct. 8, 2013
The ConnChords get ready to take the stage. Photos by Lisa Stone.
The ConnChords get ready to take the stage. Photos by Lisa Stone.

Music-lovers enjoyed a night of a cappella harmonies at Cheney Hall on Oct. 5. The festival was sponsored by Beth Sholom B’nai Israel, which is an east-of-the-river synagogue community.

The master of ceremonies was WNPR’s talk show host Ray Hardman. The vocal groups he introduced were: A Completely Different Note from the University of Connecticut, ConnChords from Connecticut College, Fallin’ Flat from Eastern Connecticut State University, Harmonious Soul, L’Shir of the University of Hartford and Millennium Magic Chorus from Sweet Adelines.

With the seats filled, the lights went down and the voices filled the air with blended harmonies. “We have a wonderful night of beautiful music,” said Debbie Cinquemani, who is the vice president of fundraising for the synagogue. “The ladies and gentlemen that are performing here tonight are very talented. The audience will not be disappointed.”

Annette Landry, Debra Lynn and Anne Wilson are members of Millennium Magic Chorus. “We are a chapter of Sweet Adelines,” said Landry. “We are international, two-time gold medalists in small chorus division and also nine-time regional gold medalists. We have an excellent group and I can’t wait to take the stage tonight. I know the audience will be pleased with our performance.” Landry is from Manchester, however the group members come from all over Connecticut and Massachusetts.

The L’Shir a cappella group members include Kyle Molt, Nicholas Filippides, Nicole Williams, Elizabeth Oman, Stephen Monteiro-Braun, Jermaine Woodard, Jr., Samantha Migneault and Liz Oman. The group started singing for various reasons.

“I love to sing,” said Molt. “I have been singing since I was a kid.”

Monteiro-Braun attributes his singing to his mother. “My mother sings, so that is where I got my start.”

On the stairs leading from the basement, the next group to perform was lined up. The ConnChords girls were dressed in black dresses and ready to sing their hearts out to the audience.

“I can’t believe how beautiful the voices are,” said Betty Stein. “I am so glad that I came here tonight. Their voices blend so beautifully you don’t even realize that you are only hearing the singing and there is no music. They are all fabulous singers and they all look so beautiful on stage. I am very excited to be hearing them tonight.”

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