Vocal Harmonix, an all-female show chorus, will perform great songs old and new on April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center, 409 Cocalico St. in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park.
Under the direction of Lori Jo Whitehaus, Vocal Harmonix blends its acapella (without instrumental accompaniment) singing with a creative mix of choreography and humor, infused with a little history.
Vocal Harmonix is the new name for the Lancaster chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an all-female organization dedicated to four-part barbershop and a capella singing. The chapter, formerly known as Red Rose City Chorus, is 56 years old and based in Lititz. It has members from Lancaster and nearby counties, with ages from 19 to 90.
Admission is free to the April 22 performance. Refreshments will be provided. Donations to the non-profit Eicher Arts Center will be accepted.
In 2013 the film "Pitch Perfect" about an all-female show chorus was a popular hit and inspired two sequels. The song "Cups" that Anna Kendrick performed in that movie is a version of a 1931 Carter Family song "When I'm Gone" and is part of the Vocal Harmonix repertoire.
Vocal Harmonix' repertoire also includes the Beatles' "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends;" a medley of 1950s songs; "Over the Rainbow" and sacred and patriotic songs.
The Eicher Arts Center is hosting the April 22 program as part of its 2018 series of cultural and entertainment events at the historic Eicher House near Cocalico Creek.
Rizzetta’s Tones, a Celtic and folk band, will feature many Irish tunes and songs in a St. Patrick’s Day-themed program March 18 at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center, 409 Cocalico St., Ephrata Borough.
Admission is free. Donations to the non-profit Eicher Center will be accepted. Refreshments will be provided.
The four members of the band sing and play a variety of instruments, including button accordion, hammer dulcimer, silver flute, guitar and high and low whistles. The band’s March 18 show will kick off the Eicher’s 2018 series of admission-free Sunday afternoon performances at the historic Eicher House near Cocalico Creek in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park.
Rizzetta’s Tones is named after Sam Rizzetta, an American player and designer of hammer dulcimer. According to Bill Stine of Rizzetta’s Tones, even though these aren’t strictly Irish traditional instruments, “They fit very well with Irish music, because of their ability to be both rhythmic and harmonic, going back and forth very quickly. They lend themselves both as exciting solo instruments, as well as being able to provide beautiful background material for songs.”
St. Patrick’s Day-themed concerts by Rizzetta’s Tones have drawn large, enthusiastic crowds to the Eicher House in March the past few years.
“Eicher Is small enough to keep the audience very close, which we like,” Stine said, “and large enough in all dimensions to provide a fine environment for acoustic instruments. Eicher draws a crowd of all ages, many of whom are very knowledgeable concerning the music we play. We find it all very satisfying, and that makes for a very pleasant experience for all.”
Tuneful melodies, energetic dance tunes and stirring marches of Scottish and music will resound through Ephrata Borough's Grater Park on the afternoon of October 15th starting at 2pm.
The Eicher Arts Center, 407 Cocalico St. in the park, is hosting the admission-free concert by the Quittapahilla Highlanders. The concert will be held rain or shine. If weather permits, the Lebanon County-based Highlanders band will be playing its bagpipes and drums outside the Eicher, so the public is encouraged to bring folding chairs to this concert. Refreshments will be provided.
Jim Scott, president of the Highlanders, said the group got started over 20 years ago in the Annville area of Lebanon County. He said there's a tradition of Scottish bands identifying themselves with a nearby body of water, so the Highlanders named their group after Quittapahilla Creek, a body of water that starts east of Lebanon and is fed by other streams before flowing to the Swatara River.
Quittapahilla, Scott said, is a word Native Americans used that means "stream that comes out of the ground under pines."
One of the tunes the band will play October 15th is "The Skye Boat Song," a Scottish folk song that has gained attention as a theme of the Outlander TV series, which is largely set in 18th-century Scotland. The Highlanders will also play Irish tunes such as "Danny Boy," and Scottish tunes such as "Auld Lang Syne." The concert will include a demonstration-lecture segment about the music the Highlanders know and love.
The band's garb is inspired by the "Black Watch" Royal Highland Regiment, which traces its origins to companies raised in 1725.
If you love Elvis, you won't want to miss Brad Crum - The soul and sound of a legend!
Brad Crum will perform his tribute to Elvis Presley on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center, 407 Cocalico St. in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Dressed in a jumpsuit like Elvis wore during his performances in Las Vegas starting in 1969, Crum will sing "The Wonder of You," "Suspicious Minds" and other songs from that era in the Presley style. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided. Donations to the Eicher Arts Center, Inc. will be accepted.