The Pitch Pipe January 2022

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The Show Must Go On...A Virtual

Experience SPOTLIGHT and ClassRing Quartets teamed up to sing Journey To The Past.


ome rain, come shine, come global pandemic, the show must go on! For the second year in a row, the Coronet Club held a virtual show — with a Broadway theme this year. Between the premiere and the encore performances of Guys and Dolls, the show reached an estimated 30,000 people from all over the world. Easy accessibility is one of the advantages of a virtual show. The show opened with a beautiful parade of queens marking Coronet Club history. The Coronet Club Chorus dazzled in NEW videos for this year’s show. Broadway Medley Opener, arranged by Gary Lewis, opened the show. The song featured classic Broadway hits and showcased quartets ClassRing, Bling! and SPOTLIGHT. Happy Medley, created especially for this performance by Adam Bock, closed the show. This medley included both the Coronet Club Chorus and the award-winning Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus! It also showcased soloist Debbie Cleveland as well as quartets Martini, LoveNotes, Viva!, and a special cameo from “the BUZZ”! The show had two small group numbers. The first was a classic arrangement performed by queen Chari Pernert, originally arranged for her quartet, The Front Office Four. I’ve Got The Sun In The Mornin’ and the Moon At Night


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featured a small group of queens, including two members of The Front Office Four — bass Vicki Gibson and lead Carol Nash. Legendary coach, director, and arranger Dr. David Wright graciously arranged a show-stopping, eight-part rendition of I’ve Never Been In Love Before for a small group of queens and members of the Ambassadors of Harmony Chorus. What would a Coronet Club Show be without the influence of the incomparable Renee Craig? Her powerful arrangement of Do You Hear The People Sing? was a perfect addition to this Broadwaythemed show. The live performance on this show was a clip from the 1995 Coronet Club Show, which featured the Queens’ Men. It was a joy to watch so many familiar faces perform such a work of art. In addition to Do You Hear The People Sing, the audience heard seven other Renee Craig arrangements throughout the show. Our queen quartets stepped up to the virtual challenge yet again with terrific performances. To celebrate their anniversaries, Speed of Sound (five years) and MAXX Factor (10 years) compiled some highlights of their memorable journeys. It was a walk down memory lane. Lustre gave a touching performance of Being Alive, and let their humor shine through with a creative and fun version of Get Me To The Church on Time. LoveNotes gave us chills with I Will Love You Until The End Of Time, and A Million Dreams which they dedicated to baritone Caitlin’s new baby girl. Bling! stunned with their sultry version of Feelin’ Good and their heartwarming performance of Crazy Dreams, which they dedicated to all the queen quartets. ClassRing gave an emotional performance of No One Is Alone/Children Will Listen and then showed off their ranges with The Music Goes ‘Round And Around. Martini gave a fun performance of Simple Life and a beautifully touching tribute to The Bron’s Tones with If. Michelle Shoemaker, lead of Martini, The Bron's Tones were honored on the 50th Anniversary of their win.