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Music Arts’ Final Concert This Season: Semi-Toned, from the UK
by Mary Anne Andersen Cedar City Music Arts
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Semi-Toned: an all-male A cappella group from the UK that won a bunch of fancy competitions and awards which mean nothing to me since they are British. But they sound impressive. In competitions with titles such as Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Voice Festival UK—I think that one is like America’s Got Talent—these guys consistently placed in the semi-finals, winning such categories as “Outstanding Arrangement”, “Outstanding Stagecraft and Choreography”, and “Outstanding Soloist”. In April of 2016, the group won The Voice Festival UK.

So what, you may ask? Well, the thing is they are coming to Cedar City on April 18 as part of a tour that started on April 6 and includes performances in Texas, Oregon, California, Las Vegas, Iowa, and Kentucky. We are tucked in there between Las Vegas and Iowa, and by the way, those lucky enough to have season tickets to the current Cedar City Music Arts series will see these guys more inexpensively than any of those other venues. (Well, the Las Vegas gig has some cheap seats, but they don’t have our beautiful HeritageTheatre.)

My teen-age granddaughter saw a video of these guys last August and thought they were really hot. We saw a mash-up of “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Rich Girl” by Gwen Stefani. (Last year, the video was nominated in the Contemporary A cappella Recording Awards for Best Scholastic Video.) It was full of amazing tech stuff as well their great music. My Jo said she wanted to come up from Las Vegas to see them when they were here. Fortunately, she lives in Las Vegas and can see them on her home turf.

The group started as a barbershop quartet from the University of Exeter, in the United Kingdom, in 2010. They expanded quickly to a 12-voice collegiate A cappella style, performing a wide range of repertoire. (Good move, guys! An evening of all barbershop music is, well, not my favorite.) Since then it has been a whirlwind of competition, recording, and touring, and we get to be in on the fun.

This concert is the final one in this season’s Cedar City Music Arts series. It would appear that it will be as fabulous as the other offerings. (If you didn’t see the Janoska Ensemble last month, you really missed out. People are still bringing up the subject to me, shaking their heads in amazement. Then there was the beautiful Eroica Trio, the Utah Symphony, and the others. It’s been a great season!)

I’m seeing a lot of asides in this piece; I tend to have a lot of peripheral stuff to say when I get excited. So to summarize: don’t miss Semi-Toned and their show, “Game of Tones”. April 18 is the date; never mind that it says the 20th on your season ticket. (Somebody made a calendar mistake.) And be sure to watch for the tickets for next season—-more good shows at a fabulous price.

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