The Dartmouth Aires at the Chorus of Westerly

Special Feb 25 Performance

On Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm, the Chorus of Westerly presents the second concert on their new Collegiate Concert Series with a special guest performance by The Dartmouth Aires in the historic George Kent Performance Hall, 119 High Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded at Dartmouth College in 1946, the Aires are a sixteen member men’s a cappella group who recently entered the national spotlight after finishing second on the NBC series The Sing-Off, a competition of the best collegiate professional pop a cappella groups in the country. For their Westerly appearance, the Aires will present a 70-minute performance that includes a diverse selection of a cappella arrangements of popular songs from the past five decades. The performance is accessible to all ages and musical backgrounds. Families, children, and teenagers are encouraged to attend.

Tickets for the performance are required. All tickets are general admission and seating is unreserved, open seating (seating is on a first come, first serve basis with no reserved seats). Advanced tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for children under the age of 18 (all tickets are $27 at the door). There is an advanced ‘Family Ticket’ available for $65. This ticket includes admission for two adults and two children under the age of 18. The Family Ticket is only available in advance is not available the day of the event. All tickets can be purchased on the Chorus of Westerly Website at www.chorusofwesterly.org or by calling the Chorus Box Office at 401.596.8663. Tickets are limited and selling very quickly. Audience members are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets immediately as the event is anticipated to sell-out. Doors for the performance open at 7:10 pm. The George Kent Performance Hall is handicap accessible. If you require assistance getting into the hall and to your seat you are welcome to let the Box Office know in advance by calling the above number.

About the Aires
Founded in 1946 by Paul Zeller as an offshoot of the Dartmouth Glee Club, the Aires (originally called the Injunaires) have today established themselves as an independent Dartmouth landmark and one of the nation’s most recognized all-male collegiate a cappella ensembles. The group is typically sixteen members in size, though numbers vary slightly on a term to term basis. New members are auditioned for the group annually.

Musically, the Aires arrange all of their own music and select music to arrange from great songs from the past fifty years. Because of the diversity of the group and the members’ various preferences, the Aires always sing and perform music from many different genres and styles. Interwoven with popular music is, of course, traditional Dartmouth a cappella songs and an occasional original work for performances. Most arrangements consist of one soloist, a dozen or so members singing background, and a vocal percussionist or two. The background of the arrangements typically consist of a series of complex instrument like syllables that, when sung together, resemble the background of the original song.

The Aires frequently perform both on and off the Dartmouth campus and tour frequently in the United States and abroad. Most recently, the Aires were featured on the third season of the NBC sing competition show, The Sing-Off. The show featured 16 of the best a cappella ensembles in the nation and through a very competitive process 1-2 groups were eliminated each week throughout the fall season. The Aires made it all the way to the finals and the last episode (where America picked the winner), narrowly finishing in second place for the season.

More information on the Dartmouth Aires, including high resolution photographs is available at http://www.dartmouth.edu/~aires/ online.

The Dartmouth Aires appearance in Westerly is made possible through generous support from Webster Bank and Alumni of Dartmouth College. The Chorus of Westerly activities are made possible through support from Marion Palm and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Media sponsors for its events includes Sun Publishing Company/The Westerly Sun, The New London Day, WBLQ 1230 AM, and WCRI Classical 95.9 FM.

 

The Chorus of Westerly is a 190-voice performing arts organization located in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1959 by music director George Kent, the Chorus of Westerly is the nation’s only independent intergenerational chorus. This means that the 80 child/teenage members of the Chorus of Westerly sing alongside the 110 adult members on every performance throughout the concert season regardless of work, difficulty, or demands. This a practice that is, in this day and age, unheard of in the American performing arts industry and one that has made the Chorus of Westerly unique among its peers. The Chorus of Westerly’s season now includes two to three classical concert series, a Christmas Pops concert series, seven performances of A Celebration of Twelfth Night, the annual Summer Pops performance in Wilcox Park (with audiences of 25,000 annually), and several choral symposia/workshop weeks at Camp Ogontz in New Hampshire. The Chorus of Westerly is also one of only three choral organizations to own and operate their own performance venue. The historic George Kent Performance Hall, located at 119 High Street in Westerly, has been owned by the Chorus since the early 1990s and, in previous iterations as Westerly’s Immaculate Conception Church and the Westerly Center of the Arts, has been its regular performance home since the 1960s. The facility was expanded and renovated over the last decade thanks to the community’s generous support to a major building capital campaign. For more information on the Chorus of Westerly, its programs, or the George Kent Performance Hall, please visit http://www.chorusofwesterly.org or call 401.596.8663.

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