Mark Hale

It’s September, and Sound of the Rockies’ 2019-20 season preparations are in full swing. Long before the chorus takes to the Newman Center stage at the University of Denver for its annual holiday show in December, members are devoting countless rehearsal hours for the world-class production, with all the bells and whistles, that Sound of the Rockies is known for.

Musical Director Mark Hale promises that it will be a year to remember, with new elements and some surprises, but also a commitment to making long-standing fan favorites sound better than ever.

“We are very fortunate to enter 2019-2020 with an extremely strong ensemble that combines the expertise and experience of our veterans with a lot of fresh, new talent,” Mark said. Sound of the Rockies placed sixth in the world at the International Barbershop Harmony Society competition in July, with 13 recently added members and has been busy auditioning more prospective singers since.

“We are starting the year off with an incredible energy and brightness to our sound, something we look forward to sharing with our audiences,” he said.

But there’s a lot on tap over the next months before showtime including weekly rehearsals, and appearances throughout the Rocky Mountain region.

First up, SOR is competing at the Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Harmony Society Convention, September 27 – 28 in Cheyenne, WY. This is the qualifying event for next summer’s International Barbershop Harmony Society competition. In October, the chorus is scheduled to perform at the Montana Music Educators Association conference in Billings, MT. 

And, that’s just the beginning.

“Our year is jam-packed,” Mark explained. In all, the chorus will learn about a dozen new songs, rehearse at least 20 tunes from its repertoire and prepare a selection of songs specifically for competition. At the same time, members will be perfecting their choreography and stage direction while working on solo and quartet features.

“There’s going to be a lot of burning the candle at both ends,” he said. “But the guys wouldn’t have it any other way. It sustains us and makes us the best we can be for our audiences.”

Don’t miss a moment of the beautiful music. Purchase your season tickets for the Newman Center shows and get first dibs on the best seats at the best prices. (Also check out a very special new opportunity to join us for a one-night-only VIP Reception on December 14, before the holiday show.)

Coming up at the Newman Center

The Secret of Christmas

A favorite Denver tradition, the annual sell-out Christmas spectacular combines classic Christmas carols, popular holiday songs and the chorus’s much-loved telling of the Christmas Story. In this year’s program, “The Secret of Christmas,” we will transport you to Denver’s 16th Street Mall, where a father discovers the true gifts of the holiday as he scrambles to do his last-minute Christmas shopping. Special guests include this year’s Acappellooza winner, Legacy.

7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, 2019

2 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019

New: Holiday VIP reception

Sound of the Rockies is offering a special one-night-only opportunity for our biggest fans. Join us on Saturday, December 14 for an intimate holiday reception before our 7:30 p.m. show. This exclusive event, for a select group of patrons, will include lots of singing with at least one of our popular quartets, a behind-the-scenes look at a Sound of the Rockies production, presented by our musical director Mark Hale and president Mark Palmer, open bar and hors d’oeuvres, and a  giveaway raffle as well as reservations for the best seats in the house for the Holiday Show and complimentary parking.

Thanks for the Memories

Help us welcome spring with a celebration of the past. Enjoy a set of popular World War II-era songs, as the chorus remembers its performances at the 75th Anniversary of D-Day ceremonies in Normandy, France. Then, get ready to sing along. Back-by-popular demand, Sound of the Rockies will perform its medley of hits from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Special guests include award-winning quartet Maelstrom and the 52eighty youth chorus.

2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020

7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2020

Acappellooza 2020

It’s Denver’s favorite a cappella competition. This lively show features performances by the best up-and-coming a cappella groups in the area. Audience voting, cash prizes for the winner, celebrity judges and spectacular special guests, make this an evening to remember. Ranked as one of the six best barbershop choruses in the world, The Sound of the Rockies will premier its selection for the 2020 International Barbershop Chorus Competition in Los Angeles.

7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2020