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April 16, 2010

New York Voices

San Diego Reader (CA):

“The world is so strange,” says Lauren Kinhan, the “new girl” of New York Voices who has been with the quartet for 18 of its 22 years.

Kinhan and the other three members have almost called it quits more than once since the group’s inception in 1987. But then, she says, “There will be a call shortly after [the decision to break up], and it’s, say, the Boston Pops calling: ‘We’d like to set a whole Christmas program, and we’re going to do a 26-day tour and pay all your arrangements.’ And we go, ‘Crap. Maybe we’re not done.’ ”

Along the way, performing opportunities just keep coming up. “The next thing you know,” says Darmon Meader, the group’s musical director, “two more years have gone by.”

One of the secrets to the longevity of New York Voices, says the group, is balance. Each member has his or her own solo projects and other musical endeavors, and each member has to leave enough room for the work they do together. “When [New York Voices] was the sole focus of most of our lives, early on,” says Kinhan, “any outside endeavor shook the fabric of the group.”

After intermission, New York Voices took the stage. The ladies were resplendent in long gowns — Kinhan’s green with layers of ruffles and Kim Nazarian’s brown with a bejeweled neckline.

They began their set with the peppy sounds of “Sing, Sing, Sing” (also the title of their sixth CD) and the Jobim classic “Desafinado,” both backed by the orchestra. Next they performed an a cappella version of “Almost Like Being in Love” from the 1947 musical Brigadoon. Then, with Peter Eldrige on piano, the quartet sang two Paul Simon songs, “Mother and Child Reunion” and “Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard.” The rest of the set included an a cappella version of 1968’s “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Stardust,” and a Beatles medley that inspired Nazarian to dance and rock out while she sang. For an encore — after a tease that they might perform “Bohemian Rhapsody,” eliciting a gasp from the audience — the group performed the Beatles’ “In My Life.” Read more.

Posted by acapnews at April 16, 2010 12:00 AM

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