Holiday Cheer Before It Is Here – Show



Holiday Cheer Before It Is Here – Show

Saturday, November 18, 2:00 pm

Lynnewood United Methodist Church, 4444 Black Avenue, Pleasanton, CA

Harmony Fusion Chorus

October 18, 2017

Harmony Fusion Chorus Presents “Holiday Cheer Before It’s Here” Nov.18
Women’s Barbershop Chorus Sings Holiday Music; Devil Mountain Men’s Chorus; Ladies First High School Chorus Also to Perform

Hayward, Calif. – Harmony Fusion Chorus, a women’s barbershop chorus and chapter of Sweet Adelines International, presents “Holiday Cheer Before It’s Here” show with an afternoon of carols and popular holiday songs. Joining the chorus is the Devil Mountain Men’s Chorus as well as Ladies First, an award-winning young women’s barbershop chorus from Concord, and other performers. Show details are as follows:

Holiday Cheer Before It’s Here!
Saturday, November 18, 2pm
Lynnewood Methodist Church, 4444 Black Ave., Pleasanton

“Enjoy all of those holiday songs that you love, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays, to get you in the mood,” says Betsy Eltgroth, show chairperson and HFC member. “The concert will offer a variety of holiday music and styles, something for everyone.”

This pre-holiday show has become a favorite in the community, with a variety of artists joining HFC. This year, the Devil Mountain Men’s Chorus and the award-winning Ladies First acappella chorus from Concord High School are featured guests, as well as associated small groups and quartets. The chorus’ performance will feature holiday favorites such as All I Want for Christmas, made popular by Mariah Carey, Sleigh Ride, and Winter Wonderland, familiar carols such as Carol of the Bells, a Hanukah selection Light the Candles, and Chocolate in My Stocking, a holiday song in the barbershop style.
“A main element of our mission statement is to reach out to the community,” explains HFC Director Barbara Vander Putten. “For me, that is especially true with respect to young performers. Each year we try to include at least one youth group in our shows. We’re very proud of our support and commitment to keep music and performance alive in the schools and in the community. This concert will underscore that commitment in a big way!”

Though the “Holiday Cheer Before It’s Here” show may seem to occur a bit early in the season, concert chairperson Eltgroth says otherwise. “This concert offers the community a great opportunity to relax and enjoy holiday music. It will be a wonderful afternoon of music for all to enjoy, regardless of the date.”

Post-performance Reception
Harmony Fusion Chorus will host a reception for all guests immediately following the performance in the church fellowship hall.

Tickets are $25. Seniors 65 and above, and youth/students are $15. Advance tickets may be ordered by visiting the chorus website at, or by calling Carrie Shaeffer at (925) 998-4719, email; or Garrienne Nakano at (510) 523-3324, email

More information about the Harmony Fusion Chorus is available at

About Harmony Fusion Chorus
Harmony Fusion Chorus is committed to musical excellence and education, enthusiastically sharing the joy of singing four-part, a cappella harmony in the barbershop style. Members pride themselves in community involvement and strive for innovative entertainment and diversity in their membership. Harmony Fusion Chorus is proud to be a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education, performances and competitions. Sweet Adelines International boasts an international membership of nearly 27,000 women, including more than 1,200 registered quartets and 600 choruses. The organization’s motto is “Harmonize the world.”

About the Director Barbara Vander Putten

Our Inspiring Director, Barb Vander Putten

Barbara Vander Putten, a Bay Area native, began her vocal music career in 1977 joining the West Valley Masterworks, with whom she sang diverse repertoire including Mozart & Verdi’s Requiem (with a performance at Carnegie Hall), Bach B minor Mass, Rutter’s Gloria, etc., as well as a variety of folk music, madrigals, show tunes and spirituals. She was the Assistant Director of the award-winning Mission Valley Chorus (Sweet Adelines International (SAI)) for 12 years, serving as Interim Director in 2005. Barbara was named Director of the Harmony Fusion Chorus (formerly Harmony Crossroads Chorus and Harmony Bay Chorus) in March of 2006, proudly leading them to a fourth place medal in their SAI regional contest a year later. Thereafter, the chorus has won awards including first place in their division in 2010.

Ms. Vander Putten is a Certified Director, a member of the SAI Region 12 coaching faculty, participated on the judging panel for the West Coast Regional Harmony Sweeps Semi-Finals in 2006 and is perhaps best known as The Duchess in the off-the-wall comedy quartet, The Aquanettas (1999-2006). She currently sings bass in her quartet “With a Twist.” In addition to singing, Barbara uses her speaking voice as one of the four enthusiastic hosts of The Human Voice Show, featuring a cappella harmony, on People’s Radio KKUP – Cupertino 91.5fm.

About Ladies First
Directed by Christian Emigh, Ladies First is a select barbershop group comprised of singers from grades 10-12 from Concord High School in Concord, CA. As the school’s singular barbershop choir, the group has taken top honors at festivals in Boston, Las Vegas, Seattle, Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Chicago and Vancouver, Canada. In 2005, Ladies First received official recognition from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for their selection as California’s representative choir chosen to perform at a series of concerts honoring military veterans over Memorial Day in Washington D.C. In 2006, the group was awarded a gold medal at the New York Choral Festival for their performances at Lincoln Center. Well known throughout the San Francisco bay area, Ladies First has been a featured group for the San Francisco Giants, the Oakland Athletics, the Golden State Warriors, and the Oakland Holiday Parade. The group’s appearances for television and radio include: NBC, KTVU Channel 2, and KFRC Radio.

About Devil Mountain Chorus
This men’s chorus, dedicated to promoting, teaching, and achieving excellence in a cappella choral music performance are members of Barbershop Harmony Society. Through performances, charitable activities, support of music education, and partnership with other organizations, they share their love of harmony with the community and committed to the continuing musical education of every member of the chorus. The director, Kristen Taylor, and experienced music team regularly provide individual and group instruction in vocal, choral, and performance technique. The chorus always seeks to deliver the very best entertainment value, with a varied repertoire, exceptional choral sound and impassioned performing that ensures memorable show experiences that keep audiences coming back.

Tickets – request tickets via email or phone or purchase by credit card on Brown Paper Tickets.
Tickets are $25. Seniors 65 and above, and youth/students are $15. Advance tickets may be ordered by calling Carrie Shaeffer at (925) 998-4719, email; or Garrienne Nakano at (510) 523-3324, email

Heidi Massie Communications Consultant
Harmony Fusion Chorus
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