The YChromes, the all-male a cappella ensemble from the University of Delaware, will perform at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Second and Market streets, Lewes, Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m., as part of the annual spring meeting of the Delaware Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association.
It will be the final concert in the 2017-18 series of 12 events under the auspices of the St. Cecilia Guild, the church's outreach program that brings outstanding classical and jazz musicians, as well as women's and men's choruses, to Lewes for the benefit of southern Delaware residents. There is never an admission charge, but a freewill offering is welcome.
"For over 20 years, the YChromes have been passionate about making quality music and sharing it with their audiences," said Zachary Doimi, vice president and coordinator. "Our musical tastes range far and wide, and we try to include a bit of everything in our programs.'
Recently, the YChromes released an EP titled "1994," a compilation of the three songs the group performed in the 2017 collegiate competition, where it placed third in the mid-Atlantic Quarterfinal. The EP is available on Spotify and Apple Music. In addition to competing and recording, the men perform two concerts each year on the university campus, as well as at other occasions in the state and beyond.
The Italian expression a cappella means "in chapel style," as centuries ago religious music composed for use in small chapels was for voices only. Although it is technically defined as singing without instrumental accompaniment, some groups use their voices to emulate instruments, while more traditional ensembles focus on harmonizing. Styles range from gospel music, to contemporary, to barbershop quartets and choruses.
For more information contact T.J. Thomas, St. Peter's director of music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-645-8479.