Tuesday, June 21, 2011

OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY: VIVA DONDERO!

SHUFFLE FUNCTION TURNS TEN!
Thursday, June 23rd, from six to nine p.m.

A TRIBUTE TO THE

DONDERO A CAPPELLA CHOIR
AND POP CONCERT INSTRUMENTS

Featuring an interview with
Rick Hartsoe
Dondero Choir Director


It is astounding to us that we have been on the air for so long. It really doesn't seem like it, until we start looking at all the things we've done over the years. We've seen the station grow into a true music geek utopia on the radio dial. Even after ten years, our time spent making radio happen is the best time of our day.


Over the years we've dedicated our anniversary shows to musicians we love, and quite often we've featured interviews with them. This is where we first faced down The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, listened to Daniel Johnston speak of his love for The Beatles, met Peter Zaremba, did the first ever radio profile of Red Shadow, fell in love with BJ Snowden, and discovered The Mystery Record. We figured that for our tenth anniversary we had better come up with something BIG, since we've already hit so many of our radio landmarks. Well, we went and found something EPIC.


For years we've been in love with the recordings of the Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments. The choir hailed from Dondero High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, and for nearly 40 years they would put on something called Pop Concert. They would perform pop and rock songs and their mission was to come as close to the original recording as possible. The choir and solo singers would be backed by a full rock band, horn section, and orchestra, and the results were often stunning, exciting, funny, and most of all they were inspiring. The Dondero performances capture all the enthusiasm and energy of youth, and ultimately become a celebration.


For years we could hardly find a thing about the actual choir on the internet, with the exception of a series of concerts posted on the wonderful internet record label Comfort Stand. Then, thanks to Facebook, we found Rick Hartsoe (aka Mr. Hartsoe), the choir director of the Dondero A Cappella Choir. Fortunately, he wasn't freaked out by a random radio show in the middle of Minnesota wanting to talk about his experience with Pop Concert. In fact, what we got was one hell of an interesting interview.

Thursday, June 23rd, from six to nine p.m., Shuffle Function will be airing A Tribute to the Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments! That's right! It'll be a THREE HOUR tribute to this amazing choir, featuring an interview with Mr. Hartsoe himself. Believe us when we say that the music is amazing, and that the story is incredibly inspiring. Think Mr. Holland's Opus, but with a kick ass soundtrack. It's an honor to feature this story for our tenth anniversary show, and we think you'll agree with us when we say that Mr. Hartsoe is the coolest teacher we never had.
There was, however, one MAJOR problem with assembling the show. As it turns out, three hours wasn't nearly enough time to feature all the music we wanted! Soooo... That Thursday morning, from six a.m. to 8 a.m., we're featuring TWO SOLID HOURS of Dondero A Cappella Choir music! It's the only way we can possibly feature both sides of this amazing story. In the morning we'll play tons of performances that we have NEVER aired before, and then feature the interview and even more unheard performances that night. If you aren't already a Dondero fan, then you will be by the end of the day. At least you won't be able to say we didn't try to convert you.


ONCE AGAIN...
Thursday, June 23rd, from six to eight a.m. CST
PREVIOUSLY UNAIRED PERFORMANCES OF THE DONDERO A CAPPELLA CHOIR AND POP CONCERT INSTRUMENTS, SPANNING 39 YEARS OF RECORDINGS!

Thursday, June 23rd, from six to nine p.m. CST
A TRIBUTE TO THE DONDERO A CAPPELLA CHOIR AND POP CONCERT INSTRUMENTS, FEATURING AN INTERVIEW WITH RICK HARTSOE, DONDERO CHOIR DIRECTOR!

Thanks for ten great years, Radio Heroes! KMSU has the best listeners in the world!



GRIND-FU CINEMA
presents

RUSHMORE

directed by Wes Anderson

THE DONDERO A CAPPELLA CHOIR
AND POP CONCERT INSTRUMENTS

directed by Rick Hartsoe

Saturday, June 25th @ 7:00pm
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato


FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE! FREE!


We get excited about every Grind-Fu screening, but this one is pretty special. The Grind-Fu crew is packed with Wes Anderson fans, and we don't think twice about roadtripping to catch one of his movies in a theater. Shyboy Tim refuses to get any of his films on anything other than a Criterion Collection DVD, simply because he feels any other release doesn't do the films justice. Also, Anderson knows how to compose a shot, and his love of the Futura font family is legend. Throw in great stories, killer soundtracks, and armies of great actors, and you have a cinematic brew that'll make you laugh and cry, and not in a cheesy Hollywood way. That's why we are thrilled to be screening Rushmore, Wes Anderson's second film, and a sentimental favorite around these parts.



As if showing Rushmore isn't enough, we're starting the evening off with rare performance footage of the Dondero A Cappella Choir and Pop Concert Instruments. Shuffle Function is featuring a day of Dondero related programming on June 23rd (info can be found on this blog), and the love fest continues on the 25th. It's one thing to hear the Dondero performances, but to see them is another thing entirely. The footage captures everything that is enthusiastic and exciting and awkward about high school, and we really think you'll love it.

It all goes down at seven p.m. on Saturday, June 25th, in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. As always, Grind-Fu Cinema is FREE! Don't cost nuthin', which is nice. Bring your own snacks and friends, and settle in for a great evening of cinema!

I'm the new boy in town! Where can I go?

2 comments:

Jim Makovsky said...

Great idea and can't wait to listen in on Thursday. Thanks for all you do.

SHUFFLE FUNCTION said...

We hope you like the show, Jim!