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Hart Show Choirs host Din and Tonics

Posted: August 21, 2008 8:09 p.m.
Updated: October 23, 2008 5:01 a.m.

The Hart High School Show Choirs will host an evening of musical entertainment on Aug. 30 to benefit the groups appearances for the 2008-09 school year.

The event will feature a special appearance by Din and Tonics - the signature all male acappella group from Harvard University.

The internationally known Din and Tonics have a rich a tradition of musical and performance excellence.

The group features a repertoire centered on the American jazz standards of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.

Among the members of this exclusive musical club - which is comprised on only 12 Harvard gentlemen who perform in white tie, tails, and lime green socks - is Adrian Diamond, of Stevenson Ranch.

Diamond, in the Harvard Class of 2011, is a graduate of Hart High School. At age 11 he performed as the young Simba in "The Lion King" in performances at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.

The Din and Tonics are wrapping up an 80-day round the world tour which has taken the group to Boston, San Francisco, London, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, Geneva, Rome, Munich, New Delhi, Stockholm, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bangkok, Australia and Mexico City. Newhall is the last stop on the tour.

The musical fundraiser will also feature performances by other Hart High alumni.

Directed by Gail Hart, the show choirs include 160 students from freshmen to seniors at Hart High.
Leslie Bouknight, a parent volunteer, who works with the choir said the students involved in the choir program are high achievers.

"Many of the students also hold offices in student government and are athletes," she said.

Among the choirs are the Sweethearts, Hart and Soul, Hartbreakers and Sound Vibrations.

The Sound Vibrations competed in Illinois last year and won over a group that hadn't lost in seven years.

"Our choirs are among the top show choirs in California. We have been invited to perform at Disneyland, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and China," Bouknight said. "We have traveled to national competitions in New York, Hawaii, San Francisco and this year will be going to Orlando, Fla. Hartbreakers and Sound Vibrations have both been awarded Grand Champions at many show choir competitions in the past five years."


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