Live Free and Sing at St. John’s Church in Portsmouth
A showcase of the area’s a capella talent including Not Too Sharp (UNH), The Afternotes (local group of post-UNH women), The Hilltoppers (Berwick Academy), The Stairwells (local group from Kittery and Eliot), The RMS 5, The Overtones (Portsmouth area).
Portsmouth Pro Musica has announced its second annual “Live Free and Sing” a cappella festival. Set for January 26, 2019, at 4 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, the performance will feature six outstanding a cappella groups from the Seacoast area. Pro Musica’s Vice President, John Rice, an organizer of the event, says that “A cappella music is pure musical fun.”
As part of its musical mission, Portsmouth Pro Musica has assembled a lineup from regional high school, college, and adult a cappella groups to showcase their talents. This year’s groups include “Not Too Sharp,” a premier, all-male group from UNH, as well as Pro Musica’s own “Overtones.” Also featured will be several groups from Maine, including the well-known “Stairwells” and the “RMS 5” of the Rock My Soul Gospel Choir. Completing the concert will be the Berwick Academy “Hilltoppers” and “The Afternotes,” formed by women alums of UNH.
Rice says he is “very excited by this year’s groups, since each one brings something different to the table – creating a fun, entertaining, and diverse concert. Last year’s event was very well-received, and we expect an even better response this year.”
Tickets ($12 for adults, $10 for seniors and students) can be purchased at www.portsmouthpromusica.org or at the door. Proceeds will benefit Portsmouth Pro Musica, a Seacoast-based, auditioned chorus founded and directed by Priscilla Stevens French. PPM promotes musical enrichment to its members and to the community by performing two major concerts each year, by granting scholarships to local high school music students, and by collaborating with other cultural organizations.
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