MHS Glee Club to hold ‘Breathe’ concert on Feb. 23

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BEFORE heading to the Tumon Bay Music Festival, the Marianas High School Rhythm ‘N Harmony Glee Club will hold two concerts at the Hyatt Regency Saipan this Sunday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The “Breathe” concert will feature the performances of the 21-member MHS Glee Club.

Tickets are available at the venue and cost $5 each for adults and $3 each for students.

Harold Easton, MHS Glee Club advisor and “Breathe” producer, said the concert will help raise funds for the students’ travel expenses.

“The group will be there [on Guam] for over a week. In addition to participating in the TBMF, they will also hold concerts at some elementary and high schools,” Easton said.

Rhythm ‘N Harmony and the MHS Band will represent the school at Tumon Bay Music Festival or TBMF which is scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 7, 2020.

Both groups have been participating in the festival for the past seven years now, Easton said.

Members of the Marianas High School Rhythm ‘n Harmony Glee Club pose for a photo with their advisor Harold Easton.  Contributed photo

Rhythm ‘N Harmony won the gold medal and was the Judges’ Choice for High School Choral Group from 2012 to 2017. The group also won the prestigious Festival Sweepstakes Award in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

For the last eight school years, Rhythm ‘N Harmony has performed as part of the CNMI Thespian Team in the annual International Thespian Festival or ITF held in Lincoln, Nebraska where the group competes in the Group Musical Theatre. The MHS singers have received six superior ratings and three excellent ratings and were ranked second in the nation in 2012. From 2014 to 2019, in addition, the group won the top trophy in ITF’s “Festival Got Talent” competition.

Easton said Rhythm ‘N Harmony is regularly featured in many CNMI events, and its members have portrayed significant roles in the musical productions of the Friends of the Arts on Saipan.

“It is Rhythm ‘N Harmony’s hope to inspire and delight the community with their expression of performing arts as well as to find new talents and continuously develop their technique to become well-rounded performers,” Easton added.

The MHS Rhythm ‘N Harmony. Glee Club was formed in 2010 as a 16-member group. It is now composed of 21 members and is a student-directed club.

In related news, the MHS Concert Band and the Mount Carmel School Band will hold a “send-off” concert on Saturday, Feb. 22, in the MCS cafeteria at 5 p.m.

Both bands will compete at the Tumon Bay Music Festival, Saipan Pacific Winds Band director Atsuko Eck said.

“MCS Band and MHS Band will perform what they are planning to play on Guam, and Saipan Pacific Winds will also perform,” she said, adding that the “send-off” concert is open to the public. (See related story in today's edition.)

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