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December 5, 2009

Quartet offers the right Tonic for the holidays

Post-Bulletin (MN):

It may be a cappella, but a Tonic Sol-fa Christmas concert is anything but stripped down. "We never just stand up there and sing," said Shaun Johnson, a member of the popular Minnesota vocal quartet.

Although, having the ability to create a full band sound with their voices alone, they could. But that could give the competition a leg up. "We compete with everybody out there, not just in the a cappella world. We're competing with punk and gospel, blues, country and rock," Johnson said.

To do so, they make sure the show is entertaining. Over the years, the group has made it snow, brought in video screens, special guests and high school choirs, Johnson said. He's even repelled from the ceiling. "People who come to see us expect surprises," he said. "We give you your money's worth." Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 5, 2009 12:00 AM


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