HeartBeat: In Concert at Ah Haa, 3/15

HeartBeat: In Concert at Ah Haa, 3/15

Telluride’s own all-women a cappella group Heartbeat is in concert at Telluride’s Ah Haa School on Thursday, March 15, 7 p.m. (and again in Ridgway at the Sherbino Theatre on March 18, 4 p.m.). The annual event, this year entitled “Live As One,” features songs of other cultures and other lands. Donations at the door will be gratefully accepted.

How to make your heart sing? Heartbeat, a seven-woman a cappella group, performs both upbeat and intimate concerts that often include folk songs, pop songs, bluegrass, jazz, and foreign folk songs.

Their 2018 concert series will be the “Live as One” tour, inspired by a line from John Lennon’s “Imagine.” They will be performing songs from around the globe—Japan, Bulgaria, Estonia, Tanzania, Ecuador, the UK, the US, India and many more.


The group, singing together in Telluride since 1994, has opened the Bluegrass Festival and the Telluride Jazz Celebration, toured to the Blue Sage Theater in Paonia, the Art Center in Moab and the Sand Island Bluegrass Festival in Bluff, Utah.

“But some of our favorite concerts have been the impromptu ones, such as the post office, the bike path tunnel, the stairwell at the elementary school and even standing in the Gunnison River singing to boaters,” says member Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer. “I think that part of what makes our concerts so much fun is that we have a lot of energy and spontaneity every time we perform. We’re up there having a great time making music.”

HeartBeat at the Women’s March.

Since its inception, the group has been leaderless, “which is to say that we have seven leaders,” says member Nancy deCastro. “We all are responsible for finding music, for directing, for setting rehearsals and for doing what needs to be done. We all bring different talents to the group.”

HeartBeat today includes Suzan Beraza, Nancy DeCastro, Donna Burd Fernald, Judith Kohin, Ulli Sir Jesse, Deb Stevens and Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer.



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