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The free Singing Men of OHIO Alumni Concert begins at at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium.

Photo courtesy of: Kyle Raffel

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On the Saturday morning of the concert, alumni and current members will share a fun rehearsal to prepare for the evening performance.

Photo courtesy of: Kyle Raffel

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Singing Men of OHIO harmonize with alumni


As another quarter ends, sit back and unwind while enjoying music at the Ohio University Singing Men of Ohio (SMO) Alumni Concert. The free concert begins at at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, in Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. The event is free and will be sure to entertain.

This year’s concert will include guest conductor and composer Joseph Martin, who was a close friend of SMO founder Ira T. Zook, who died in 2000. Zook founded the group in 1989 and SMO has been singing out since then.

Martin, wrote a song titled “The Quest Unending” in honor of Zook’s life, which SMO will sing.

“Music is such a huge part of our lives. Without [Ira T. Zook] we wouldn’t be here and our OHIO experience wouldn’t be the same,” said Kyle Raffel, SMO president. “To have a man that wrote a song in honor of our founder means a lot. It reminds us that music never dies and always lives on inside of you.”

The 70 SMO singers and 50 alumni will join to sing songs of tradition and OHIO pride. The alumni will join the current members in the second half of the performance. Additional performances include the a cappella group, Section 8.

On the Saturday morning of the concert, alumni and current members will share a fun rehearsal to prepare for the evening performance. This special concert will allow current members and alumni to gather and share their love of music and passion for singing.
 
“The alumni concert is so important to me because it really shows that SMO is so much more than just a group of guys singing,” said Rocco Contini, SMO publicity manager. “There's a history, a real story, and all of the alums could tell you something different about that story. It's just so awesome to share the stage with so many generations of SMO brotherhood.”