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April 7, 2006

Big-band Voices prove too much for the audience

Fort Worth Star Telegram (TX):

The New York Voices came out swinging Thursday night at Bass Performance Hall in a concert that turned the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra into a string-heavy big band.

The vocal quartet, which is every bit as similar to the Manhattan Transfer as its name suggests, scatted and jived its way through a set of bouncy tunes from the likes of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman that tested the audience tolerance for this almost-forgotten musical style.

Singers Peter Eldridge, Lauren Kinhan, Darmon Meader and Kim Nazarian offer harmonies that are as tight as a torch singer's dress.

And Meader's orchestrations actually give conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and his players something interesting to do in this Pops Series concert, even though the overall sound is dominated by the piano-bass-drums jazz trio the Voices brought along.

The group is certainly good at what it does, but the question is whether you are up for an entire evening of relentlessly cheerful, and often cloying, World War II-era treatments of tunes like Sing, Sing, Sing and Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens.

Apparently not everyone was at Thursday's performance. The Voices apparently mistook the audience's hasty retreat for a standing ovation and proceeded to do an encore of In a Mellow Tone to a hall that was more than half emptied.

Posted by acapnews at April 7, 2006 9:00 PM