Street Corner Symphony Coming To Tech

SOCORRO, N.M. January 19, 2016 – A group founded to perform on a network singing competition will showcase their a cappella talents when Street Corner Symphony takes the stage at New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 29, in a Performing Arts Series (PAS) event.

The all-male sextet based out of Nashville, Tenn., was founded in May 2010 to compete in NBC’s all-vocal competition, “The Sing-Off,” the Peacock Network’s offering in the popular singing-competition genre launched stateside some 15 years ago.


Street Corner Symphony will perform Friday, Jan., 29, at Macey Center.


Prior to the concert, Tech Club-Club Macey will host a social gathering from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for patrons over 21 featuring a hot dog bar with all the fixings: sauerkraut, chili beans, relish, onions, cheese and homemade potato chips.

“The PAS is delighted to bring this incredibly talented ensemble to town,” said PAS Director Ronna Kalish. “Street Corner Symphony was the runner-up for the show’s second season, a designation that brought its members international attention and acclaim.”

The six southern gents quickly won over Sing-Off judges Ben Folds (Ben Folds Five), Shawn Stockman (Boyz II Men), and Nicole Scherzinger (The Pussycat Dolls); and, most important, millions of primetime television viewers after demonstrating their unique, laid-back-yet-dynamic style of a cappella.

Since their success on the singing competition, Street Corner Symphony has made its mark on the music world, combining business with philanthropy by recording albums, providing clinics for schools, and giving benefits for cancer research.

Street Corner Symphony has performed across the country and around the world, even working with major artists including Ben Folds, Alison Krauss and Take 6’s Claude McKnight.

The six performing members of the group include three brothers: Jeremy, Jonathan and Richie Lister, along with Adam Chance, Mark McLemore and Kurt Zimmerman. Four of the six men are the sons of ministers.

“As proverbial ministers’ sons, these members learned from an early age a natural ear for harmony, as well as a playful sense of mischief,” Kalish said. “And all six gentlemen have expertise in a wide variety of styles.”

This diversity, along with their own individual talents, allows Street Corner Symphony to seamlessly weave among diverse musical styles, feeling at home in all of them. Their repertoire covers a wide range, from gospel and barbershop to rock and pop.

“Clearly, this is a show that will appeal to young and old alike, as evidenced by the group’s repertoire and the songs they performed on the singing competition,” said Kalish.

Among the songs performed by the sextet during the singing competition were covers of “Drift Away” by Dobie Gray, “Creep” by Radiohead, “Come on Eileen” by Dexy’s Midnight Runners, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears, a medley of classic Beatles’ selections (“Eleanor Rigby,” “Help!” and “Hey Jude”), “Hey Soul Sister” by Train and “Gone” with judge Ben Folds.

Street Corner Symphony is this season’s Betty Clark Memorial concert. Other sponsors are Associated Universities Inc. (NRAO), Bodega Burger Co. and Lounge, Nusenda Credit Union, Orbital ATK and Socorro’s Best Western.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for senior citizens 65 and over, and $8 for youths 17 and under, and are available online at www.nmtpas.org, or at the N.M. Tech Cashier’s Office (second floor of Fidel Center), Socorro County Chamber of Commerce, Sofia’s Kitchen Drive-up, or at the door.

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By Valerie Kimble/New Mexico Tech