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Friday, March 9, 2012

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Yellowstone Harmony Chorus at Basin City Arts Center Saturday, March 10

Yellowstone Harmony Chorus presents “SEQUIN STEW” Saturday, March 10 at the Basin City Arts Center. The ladies invite everyone to get ready for an adventure packed evening of exciting 4-part harmony. Conducting this evening’s musical journey is Jonene Geile. Mrs. Geile has been the chorus’s music director since May, 2011.

To set the stage, the ladies kick off the evening with their signature song “Razzle Dazzle”, from the hit movie “Chicago”, complete with dynamic choreography. Settle in for an hour of toe tapping music as the chorus takes you through the land of Broadway, melts your heart with romantic songs, and inspires the soul with religious and patriotic numbers. Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without a cowboy western tune or two.

As the singers take you on this musical journey, watch for a unique parody of “Five Foot Two”, sure to get you laughing. The chorus is proud to present songs written by their own Carol Hill. Carol’s passion is writing praise songs. The ladies will be singing “Shine Your Light” in their religious set. During the western set, the chorus will sing Mrs. Hill’s “Women of Wyoming”, a musical history about some of Wyoming’s notable and even notorious women. Carol was inspired to write this song for the chorus’s 2007 show “Boot Scootin’ Cowgirls of the West”.

The Yellowstone Harmony Hobos will wake up to “Blue Skies” as the ladies set the stage for act two. The hobos invite you to visit their camp where you will be enlightened with the knowledge of The Scholar, learn how to make Cookie’s “Basin Stew” (also one of Carol’s songs) and hear about Olene’s ups and downs.

Yellowstone Harmony Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is a dynamic group of women singers dedicated to advancing the art form of four-part harmony through education, performances and friendship. Barbershop harmony is an original American art form. Performing often in Cody and Powell and throughout Wyoming, the chorus and its quartets have a large repertoire of music suitable for most occasions. The chorus has two performing quartets, Pink Ladies and Pizazz!

For those who love a cappella harmony and for those who are looking for a new entertainment experience, Yellowstone Harmony Chorus delivers a sophisticated sound sure to please audiences of all ages. Their music comes from movies and Broadway shows. They borrow from the land of jazz, blues and country/western. The ladies sing songs from the Big Band era and are just as comfortable with the 1950’s and 60’s ballads and rock and roll as well as with popular modern tunes. Their repertoire includes religious and patriotic music and for the holidays, traditional hymns and whimsical Christmas tunes.

Under the leadership of Jonene Geile, the chorus continues to grow in membership. Jonene Geile graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelors of Music Education, vocal. Jonene has taught music both publicly and privately in Casper, Cheyenne and Cody. She no longer teaches publicly but continues to teach private voice lessons at the Rocky Mountain School of Arts in Cody. While living in Casper, Jonene was a member of the Casper Comic Opera Co. where she performed lead and chorus roles. In Cody, she is active in the Cody Music Club, singing both solo and in small and large groups, and directing chorus music. She is a member and assistant director in the Cody Chorale. She has also participated in theater and music throughout the community. Jonene is currently the president of Cody’s Live Community Concerts.

Sweet Adelines offers women singers the opportunity to continue to develop their vocal and performance skills. Women of all ages and voice ranges are invited to join. Formal music training is not required. For more information contact Carol Hill at 307-754-3861.

Mrs. Geile has lined up a very active 2012 for the chorus. The women have already performed at the Park County Public Library . The ladies delivered “Singing Valentines”, the chorus’s major fund raiser. These funds are used for scholarships awarded to Cody and Powell high school women seniors, to produce affordable quality shows and concerts in our community, present the Park County Idol contest, and other chorus projects. During the summer, the chorus will be a part of Cody’s Summer Concert in the Park Series. Throughout the year, the women volunteer to sing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Cody and Powell. And the ladies will have a fun packed 2012 holiday season. As this year progresses follow the chorus at

Join us for this exciting live performance in 4-part harmony at the Basin City Arts Center Saturday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets at the door are Adults $10, Seniors 60 & over $8, and Children 12 & under $5. The Yellowstone Harmony Chrous is sponsored by a donation from Wyoming Gas Company.

The Basin City Arts Center is a nonprofit organization developing and supporting the arts in the Big Horn Basin. For more information contact Kathleen Nichols @568-3832.

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