You know that if you’re coming to a VCS concert, there’s always going to a guest musician in the mix. We love sharing the stage. And this upcoming concert – MUSIC, SHE WROTE (7:30 pm, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Providence Presbyterian Church on 9019 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA) we’re excited to be joined by the Up All Night Quartet, who sing women’s barbershop. Naturally, we had questions for them. And they have some wonderful answers. Read on!
VCS: How long have you been singing together?
UANQ: We have been singing together for three and a half years.
VCS: Why women’s barbershop?
UANQ: So many reasons really. The harmonies created are so different from typical a cappella. It’s a true art form that teaches you about music, singing, using your ears and using your whole body to impact the song. With barbershop, there’s always at least 3 other people involved = instant friendships. It’s really a community – a community of friends, instructors and people to network with on any level.
VCS: What’s something people don’t know or are surprised by when you start singing?
UANQ: 1. That barbershop can be sung by females because most think of it as a men-only thing and 2. That it’s so musical/fun/entertaining – it’s not all old songs no one has ever heard of. It can truly be any song arranged in the barbershop format.
VCS: What advice do you have for emerging artists and life long singers?
UANQ: No matter where you are in your singing career, just sing. Sing in the shower, sing in your car, find a large group, small group, singing-for-competition group, singing for fun group, singing for your church group. There is something out there for everyone, at any level, and until you find what fits you/your style/your life, singing in general has so many health benefits, we should all be singing on a daily basis.
VCS: What was your favorite singing experience?
UANQ: We always enjoy any time we get to perform, however, our favorite singing experiences have always been the times that we have sung for our family and friends at a little get together we throw each year over the summer.
VCS: What are you looking forward to most at our concert?
UANQ: We are looking forward to sharing our music with a wider audience and singing with you all on a couple of songs!
VCS: There’s the “brand” photo of you where you’re all shiny and glossy. But there are some really fun pictures of you. Like this one, and the one with no shoes. Do tell!
UANQ: This was the day after we placed 15th at the Sweet Adelines International Competition in St. Louis in October 2018! the shoes in this – we always try to do something different for our photos each year and we all love our shoes so we wanted them to be on display in our photo that year for our Regional Competition.
VCS: Seriously, *are* you really up all night? Like, don’t the neighbors complain? 🙂
UANQ: While our name implies we are up all night, the reality is that a better name for us should probably be “in bed by 10” 🙂
We can’t wait to sing MUSIC, SHE WROTE with the ladies from UP ALL NIGHT QUARTET, and sing for you. Please join us!
Tickets are $25/adults, $20/students (15 – 18) or seniors (65+).
Youth age 14 and younger attend for free.
Tickets are on sale online at https://vcsmusicshewrote.eventbrite.com until Friday, March 13, 2020.
More will be available at the door on concert night start 6:45 pm.
Doors open at 7:15 pm, we sing at 7:30 pm.