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Harmonia in The Buffalo News

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Harmonia sings from ‘Sandburg Songs’ to ‘Strawberry Fields’ by Mary Kunz Goldman in The Buffalo News. Read more at

The singing group Harmonia’s last concert was “rained out” – that is, cut short because of a sprinkler malfunction in the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The group has rescheduled the truncated concert for 7 p.m. Sunday. It’s a colorful program, called “Echoes of the Present” because all the arrangers are living. The music covers a lot of ground.

It includes, for instance, an arrangement of the Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever.” And a spiritual, “Down To the River To Pray,” in the arrangement by one of the King’s Singers heard in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

A particularly creative arrangement by another one of the King’s Singers is also on the program. It’s “Hide and Seek,” the 2005 hit by British singer/songwriter Imogen Heap. “The arrangement is really ethereal,” said Robert Pacillo, the leader of Harmonia. Another novelty, in the true sense of the word, is “Four Sandburg Songs” by Buffalo-based composer Caroline Mallonee.