a fascinating story, said Shami. hardship they endured was colossal. Most were unprepared for how difficult it was. Time, a No. 1 hit for The Platters in 1958, was chosen because it's a piece of poetry itself with lyrics such as 'When purple colored curtains mark the end of day/I'll hear you, my dear, at twilight time.'
Storm Front, 2010 Barbershop Harmony Society gold medal international quartet champions, is the featured guest act. The group balances music and comedy. Their four albums include covers of The Beatles, Minnie the Moocher, What a Wonderful World and Swinging on a Star.
That list follows Shami scouring hundreds of Service's poems the native of Preston, England wrote more than 1,000 over a three month span to find just exactly the right pieces that would fit the music that we have in mind to do. could only dig up one song, North to Alaska, about the gold rush that audiences would know. He rounded out Adidas Human Race Black
Northland Barbershop Chorus liked a pitch from Vernon Bailey to feature works by The Bard of the Yukon, Robert Service. The decision to head north for creative inspiration Saturday's show at Kiwanis Community Theatre Centre was made last summer.
Shami, the group's music director, wrote a script, North To Alaska, that ties together six of Service's poems performed by Bailey and 10 songs sung by the 40 plus members of the chorus.
rush ended. He worked at a bank. Service died in 1958 at age 84.
don't want to make (North to Alaska) a PBS special, said Shami. want to get a bit of these facts in of what drove a guy to endure this kind of hardship. It was a fever. It drives people. lived in the Yukon in the early 1900s after the gold Adidas Duramo 6 Yellow
Green Leaves of Summer earned an Academy Award nomination when it appeared on the soundtrack of The Alamo from 1960. Shami chose the song by The Brothers Four because he liked its memories of home.
Other songs include The Tramps, I'm Gonna Live 'Til I Die, Moonlight Bay, and Abide with Me.
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Bob Shami started to warm up to a story about the Klondike Gold Rush long before Old Man Winter settled in for the season.
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Bailey, who just wrapped up a four night run in Family Life Theatre's production of Moon Over Buffalo, will recite excerpts of The Call of the Wild, The Trail of Ninety Eight and The Ballad of Blasphemous Bill and full versions of Laziness, A Sourdough Story and The Cremation of Sam McGee.
lot of people were really surprised by the hardship that they were going to face. They thought this was going to be a lark, he said. River) kind of spoke to me of the naivety of what it was and what people expected. member Bill Webb gets a solo turn on 16 Adidas Duramo Sneakers Tons, a No. 1 hit for Tennessee Ernie Ford in 1955 chronicling tough times in a company town.
that relate to the experiences of the 100,000 men who dreamed of striking it rich. Only a few hundred would end up making that claim.
Harry Houston appears alongside Bailey as George Pratt, a gold rush veteran. Pratt is mentioned in the North to Alaska song.
Hoagy Carmichael's Lazy River made the cut because Shami liked how its carefree attitude contrasts starkly with the reality prospective miners found.
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