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Ralston Performers Series Continues with "The EDLOS"

Belmont, CA, January 29, 2008 — “The EDLOS,” a premiere a cappella powerhouse that has astounded audiences for 20 years with their unique singing, humor, and stage presence will continue NDNU’s Ralston Performers Series with a memorable musical experience at 3 p.m., February 3 in Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom.

“The EDLOS” dynamic shows offer something for everyone. They’ll be performing a mixed bag of Broadway tunes entitled “Broadway and Then Some.” The group was established in 1989 when a group of four classically trained singers got together to explore a broad range of music and musical styles. From early on it was clear that a unique chemistry existed between these four singers.

"I was there the night the EDLOS spontaneously combusted into existence,” said Debra Lambert, Chair of NDNU’s Department of Music and Vocal Arts. “It was a post-performance opera party, and four of the company's terrific classically trained men began to improvise a four part arrangement of a popular tune. The sound was astounding, and when they'd finished they just stopped and stared at each other. They've been singing together ever since.

“I've sung with all of these gentlemen in one opera or another,” Lambert added. “You won't find more dedicated musicians, and it's an honor to have them with us for this concert, spearheading a new "a cappella tradition" at NDNU."

NDNU faculty member Eric Morris, who teaches private voice lessons, vocal performance, opera workshop, and lectures, is the lead tenor for the EDLOS. He has also worked with such diverse groups as the San Francisco Symphony, the San Francisco Ballet, Marin Opera, Canada Opera Piccola, and others.

“We’re a bunch of silly guys,” said Morris, who explained that the all male group is known to incorporate comedy into every show. “We are a very pure a cappella group in the sense that we use no instruments ever, but we use all sorts of props, including wigs, hats, and costume changes.”

For the last 17 years the EDLOS have been performing at festivals and concert halls throughout the United States and Canada. They’ve performed with Waylon Jennings, Crystal Gayle, Ray Charles, Chicago, the Temptations, Lou Rawls, Bernadette Peters, and Tower of Power, to name a few. They have also appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Throughout the years, the group has recorded 8 CDs. Their latest recording titled "Retropella" is an a cappella journey back to the psychedelic 60’s.

Tickets cost $20 general admission, $10 students and seniors. For ticket information regarding the Ralston Performers Series, contact the University’s Box Office at (650) 508-3729 or concerts@ndnu.edu. Upcoming performances in the series include “Voci Valentine” on Saturday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Ralston Hall Mansion Ballroom located on the University campus at 1500 Ralston Avenue in Belmont.