Notre Dame Glee Club

Notre Dame Glee Club is one of the country's premier collegiate choruses. Submitted photo/ The Tribune-Democrat, Johnstown, PA

BY RUTH RICE

RRICE@TRIBDEM.COM

All will be harmonious when Notre Dame Glee Club sings without musical accompaniment.

The all-male chorus will perform an a cappella concert at 8 p.m. Sunday at Westmont Hilltop High School, 200 Fair Oaks Drive, Westmont.

Sunday’s performance will be part of the club’s fall tour that will include stops in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

The club tours a different region of the country every year.

Lonnie Luna of Westmont, president of the Notre Dame Club of central Pennsylvania, said the group tours during the fall break.

There are about 80 members in the glee club, but only half of them go on tour.

“They will move you and have your feet tapping,” Luna said.

“It’s a good time.”

This isn’t the first time the musical Fighting Irish have sung in Johnstown.

The chorus sang at Westmont Hilltop High School two years ago.

They are coming back to Johnstown because the glee club’s president, Nathan Catanese, is a Johnstown native.

“He set up the stop just for us,” Luna said.

“We are especially glad to welcome back the glee club to Johnstown.

“We are proud to support Nathan and the entire group while presenting what promises to be a lively and entertaining performance.”

Whether it’s for a small, impromptu engagement or a large, formal performance, the glee club performs with enthusiasm.

“They’re really excited and have a passion for what they do,” Luna said.

“On Sunday, they will perform in Dayton at 1 p.m., then be on a bus to us.

“They’ll have two performances that day, but I’m sure they will muster up the energy.”

The first half of the glee club’s program typically features music from the renaissance, classical and romantic eras.

The sacred contemporary piece “Ave Maria” by Franz Biebl is a signature piece of the club.

The second half of the program usually features folk songs, barbershop tunes and African-American spirituals.

Concerts end with the internationally recognized “The Notre Dame Victory March.”

The glee club began in 1915 when 12 students organized an informal tradition of song.

Since then, the club has evolved into one of the country’s premier collegiate men’s choruses, establishing itself through performances on stage, radio and television.

In the past four years, the glee club has performed in almost 30 states and Washington, D.C., under the direction of Daniel C. Stowe.

Tickets for the glee club’s performance are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available at the door.

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