XY Chromotones Warm Up April 10 Audience before the
April 10 Concert by Antares with Soprano Sarah Wolfson.
As concert goers entered Edmond Town Hall they were greeted by ten male a cappella singers, the XY Chromotones, all students at Newtown High School, with lively renditions of well- known popular songs. The concert-before-the concert in the entrance hall was a great success and elicited enthusiastic applause from the chamber music loving audience.
The XY Chromotones, a group of ten high school seniors and juniors, is an all-male a cappella group. The term a cappella derives from the Italian, meaning “singing in chapel style” and has come to be understood as singing without accompaniment. The harmonics of the combined voices are the true music.
George Primavera, a First Tenor in the group, first encountered a cappella music when several groups from east coast universities congregated on Martha’s Vineyard for a 2009 summer jam session. He brought this idea to NHS and joined forces with Chris House, bass, to start the XY Chromotones (a wonderfully apt descriptor) under the guidance of Ms Amanda Friedman.
They auditioned other students until they had a committed group of two First Tenors, three Second Tenors, three Baritones and two Basses who could combine to produce an evenly-balanced sound. Five of the singers are seniors this year, three are juniors and two are freshmen. The latter will carry on the tradition into the next year, auditioning replacements and handing off the responsibilities to others.
Chris acts as president and business manager, whereas George is the musical director. Chris plans to study political science in college, while George will concentrate on theater and marketing. All just completed a highly successful run of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Newtown High School.
Newtown Friends of Music’s mission statement includes the support and advancement of students of music and young music lovers in general; in this context Newtown Friends of Music has sent artists into the schools in their annual School Outreach programs. NFM has presented concerts by very young music students in their “Praeludium” series and, in return, students from the Newtown High School have presented short pre-concert concerts for the enjoyment of the music loving audience.
NFM was particularly pleased to give a performance venue to the XY Chromotones.