All right, no, so it’s not actually Christmastime. But it is still a pretty wonderful time of the year, because the wait is finally over! Ecopella II, the Ecotones’s 2013 Spring Concert, is just around the corner.
By “just around the corner,” I mean Saturday, April 20, 2013. A green-networking expo featuring environmentally-minded groups from around the area will precede the concert at 6:30 p.m. and then the doors will open at 7:00 p.m. The doors to what, you ask? The concert will be on the UGA campus at the North Psychology-Journalism Auditorium in the Instructional Plaza. Admittance is $5 with a UGA ID and $7 without one.
So brace yourself, because Ecopella II is going to be splendid. There’s going to be tie-dyed clothing, some Q&A time with the Ecotones, and people in wigs; and UGA’s other co-ed acapella group With Someone Else’s Money will perform as well! And did I mention the incredible music we have planned? The Ecotones will be debuting at least three new songs for your listening pleasure, as well as delighting you with the older songs you know and love.
You can keep up-to-date with the information about Ecopella by going to the Facebook event page. We hope to see you next Saturday at what’s sure to be our biggest and best performance so far this year!
P.S. We also have upcoming gig called South by South Milledge with UGArden (a sustainable gardening organization) and WUOG (the student-run radio station) on April 24. Further details to come, but know that we will be singing on a tractor and it is going to be awesome.
With the successful annual member meeting of the Upper Oconee Watershed Network behind us, we now are looking ahead to several gigs over the next two months, starting at the end of this week!
On the night of March 22, we have two performances scheduled. First, we’ll perform at the wonderful night of singing known as AcapellAnonymous, hosted by UGA’s own With Someone Else’s Money. Come see us and other stellar acapella groups in the Seney-Stovall Chapel (201 N. Milledge Ave, Athens, GA 30602) at 7:30 p.m.
Later that same night, we’ll perform at the Environmental Education Alliance’s Annual Conference; this is a private event.
We’re also scheduled to entertain at the Undergraduate Neurosciences Organization’s event Pancakes for Parkinson’s, which fundraises for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s research. This will take place in Memorial Hall on the University of Georgia campus on April 6; the event will run from 8:00 a.m. to noon, we’ll sing at 10:00 a.m., and everyone is encouraged to attend. Why wouldn’t you go? – there will be all-you-can-eat pancakes and Ecotones!
Next, we’ll perform at UGA’s Ecology Spring Fling, a private event for the Ecology department’s students and professors, which will take place on April 9.
Finally, you can mark your calendars for the Ecotones Spring Concert, Ecopella – we’re going to host this amazing event on April 20! More details to come, but know that it will be awesome!
On a different note, Ashley Na has resigned as Administrative Director and Evan Conaway has stepped up to take her place. Replacing Evan as Public Relations Officer is Kip Lacy, who has arranged a new piece for us: Voice in my Throat by Pearl and the Beard. We actually have added a couple other songs to our repertoire as well; Ross McLeod arranged Semisonic’s Closing Time for us and Dave Samuels arranged a mash-up of Usher’s More and D.J. Got Us Fallin’ in Love Again and the Scissor Sisters’ Let’s Have a Kiki.
Whew, that was a lot – but we hope to see you at our events over the next couple of months! Be sure to check this website and our Facebook page for updates on our future performances.
P.S. Most of the Ecotones went on Spring Break together this year in Atlantic Beach, Florida! We made sandcastles and sand merfolk, sang in a pizzeria, played all kinds of games, went to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens, and stayed in Savannah, GA for Saint Patrick’s Day. It was a tired, sunburnt, and hoarse acapella group that returned to Athens afterwards, but the vacation was brilliant and we all grew a lot closer because of it. The picture below should prove that our Spring Break was truly among the best. Yes, that is a large turtle statue.
2013 has begun, and with it have come a bunch of awesome happenings for the UGA Ecotones!
One, we gained seven new members with the Spring Auditions. We’re thrilled to add Molly Alexander (alto), Cari Hipp (alto), Sarah Gooding (soprano), Elizabeth Shannon (soprano), Forrest Burks (tenor and vocal percussion), Raven Gibson (lady tenor), and James Workman (tenor) to our ranks.
Two, we rocked our Spring Retreat last weekend and elected a Treasurer (Sarah Gooding), an Archivist (Forrest Burk), and an I.T. Guru (Molly Alexander) to work with our Musical Director Henry Adams, our Administrative Director Ashley Na, our Public Relations Officer Evan Conaway, and our Social Chair Dave Samuels.
Three, on February 26, 2013, the Upper Oconee Watershed Network will be having its annual member meeting at Little Kings, and the Ecotones will be performing an awesome set! It’s free and open to the public, so come learn about what UOWN is all about and hear some great ‘tones, including Ecotones classics like Some Nights and River Valley, along with several new songs. See the image below for more details.
With new members, a larger officer corps, and an incredible performance already on the horizon, it’s shaping up to be a fantastic semester for the UGA Ecotones, so be sure to check this web site and our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ugaecotones) for further updates, information, and media as they come. Official Ecotones Spring Concert details to come soon!
Hopefully, this makes things more navigable and streamlined for all!
Other announcements: we have a new officer corp! Henry Adams and Sarah Sander will be co-directors for the Fall 2012 semester, and Ashley Na will be the new business director. Evan Conway will be the new PR/IT guru, and I pass the torch of webmastership on to him and his subcommittees. There are other new officers, too (but I don’t remember who they are-sorry)!
With love, song, and ecophilia,