What A Day At the Track
On Wednesday, August 6th, surprise after surprise came to the Racing City Chorus when RCC was invited to entertain and raise funds during Centennial Day. NYRA and the City of Saratoga Springs celebrated its 100th Birthday with free grandstand admission and dollar hotdogs at the historic track. RCC is grateful to Mark Bardack, President of Ed Lewi Associates, NYRA's advertising agency at Saratoga Race Course and NYRA Community Relations Manager, Joanie Omeste for making this a day that will be remembered as one the chorus's proudest achievements in its 59 year history. And one filled with fun and great satisfaction for the 20 chorus members who manned the NYRA Community Booth singing in barbershop 4-part harmony and collecting donations throughout the day.
Joanie Omeste and admin assistant, Lily Pierce began the surprises by showing us the day's Post Parade Program that devoted an entire page cataloging the history of the Racing City chorus, written by Ed Lewi staff writer, Alice Kozdemba. On the facing page were entries for the first race - the "Racing City Chorus" First Race." Later, Joanie escorted us all to the Winner's Circle to watch our race and then present the trophy to jockey, Jack Doyle, who rode "Gimme 5" to win the Racing City Chorus Steeplechase Race with its $65,000 purse.
Later in the afternoon, our chorus quartet, the Elderly Brothers, was greeted by a large and enthusiastic audience during their 20 minute performance on stage at the Race Course Pavilion entertainment venue. Ed Lewi's JuliAnn Goronkin was the quartet's gracious host and Centennial Day talent coordinator. Dee Sarno arranged a special appearance time that made it possible for all four quartet members to make this performance commitment.
RCC member, Jerry Crouth, who helped coordinate the day, did have one regret. " I wish I could have made a bet on this day. What a winner! I'd have made a killing."
The RCC will be “back” to man the Saratoga Race Course NYRA Community Booth during Traver's Week on Wednesday, August 26. We thank NYRA and Ed Lewi Associates for enabling this return engagement and for the honor of singing the "National Anthem" that same day. Look for us there.
Photos Courtesy of Adam Coglianese,
Joanie Omeste, Rich Gervais
It's Time for Barbershop on Broadway
Enjoy Barbershop chorus singing at it's best in a casual environment as the Racing City Chorus strolls down the streets of Saratoga Springs serenading the patrons of our great Sponsors. Join us on Thursdays, July 30, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 and on Tuesday September 1 at the following times:
Crafters Gallery 6:30 pm
Stadium Café 6:45 pm
Maestro’s at the Van Dam 7:05 pm
Circus Café/Crown Grill 7:30 pm
Lillian’s Restaurant 7:50 pm
Saratoga Guitar 8:15 pm
Olde Bryan Inn 8:45 pm
Welcome to the Racing City Chorus Website!
Racing City Chorus is an extraordinary group of gentlemen who gather together in celebration of the artform known as barbershop music. We are a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
Our director is Rich Gervais who inspires us to reach new heights with each performance. We can be heard throughout the year, singing for civic and charitable organizations, private groups, churches, community events, parades and fundraisers.
Racing City Chorus
Rehearsals: Tuesday 7 pm
The Knights Of Columbus, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
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We love to entertain by putting on our own musical events each year for the community, our friends, and families. We deliver Singing Valentines, and in an effort to stay committed to singing and performing at the highest level possible, we compete from time to time in divisions and district competitions.
Please contact us to sing at your next special event!
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Find out more about this amazing, original artform and our organization.
Racing City Chorus has a number of great quartets. Check them out!
See Our Chorus!
Click here for a slide show of pictures of the Racing City Chorus over the years.
Did you ever wonder why men's barbershop music is written on the treble and bass clef while the notes actually sung are really bass clef notes? Below is the first line of My Wild Irish Rose written as actually sung with the tenor part in black, the lead in red, the bari in green and the bass in blue! You can see why Barbershop chords have such close harmony. Now you know.