Another memorable performance in San Diego

Lou Tedesco, Jul 27, 2011

On Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2011, the Masters of Harmony performed at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego. This was the second time we set up our risers and performed for their appreciative SRO audience. Mastering the tight performance stage was every bit the challenge that we experienced in 2007. Our powerful sound and tight choreography prevailed for yet another winning show.

The Masters’ performance was part of the church’s prestigious year-round series that, over the years, has included vocal and instrumental ensembles presenting music of Mozart, Handel and Beethoven. Once again, the Linder Hall faithful experienced the best of barbershop music, this time with a “twist.”

The “twist” came in the form of a surprise visit by Hollywood Star Ann Blyth, whose attendance brought the audience up and out of their folding chairs. Ann Blyth, artfully introduced by Cory Brendel, was invited by her neighbors, Lou and Marilyn Tedesco, as a special guest of the Masters. Ann sang the beautiful ballad “Stranger In Paradise” with Vic Damone in the 1955 MGM film version of the Tony Award-winning musical Kismet. The Masters of Harmony dedicated the Sunday afternoon performance of our recent gold-medal-winning version of this ballad to Miss Blyth. After the show, Ann stayed to talk with Masters and to pose for photo opportunities with fans.

Praise for the Masters of Harmony was prolific. Exit comments following the performance were spectacular including accolades from serious barbershop patrons and other music lovers. “Best ever”; “It was like a wall of sound”; “It just gets better and better”; “Bravo!” and others convinced this author that the Masters of Harmony might be invited to head south to San Diego another time!

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