Concert Review: Triumphant Quartet, Collingsworth Family (Wooster, OH)
Last night, I had the chance to hear Triumphant Quartet and the Collingsworth Family in Wooster, Ohio. A barbershop quartet called What’s Next opened the concert with two songs, “Swing Down Sweet Chariot” and “No More Sorrow.” One of the members was a cousin of the concert promoter. Their renditions were stellar, and the energetic harmonies on “Swing Down Sweet Chariot” quickly won the audience over.
Triumphant Quartet sang next:
- Amazed at the Change
- Everyday (featuring lead singer Clayton Inman)
- Jesus Built This Church on Love (featuring tenor David Sutton)
- Do You Know that You Know (featuring baritone Scotty Inman)
- He Is (featuring Clayton and Scotty)
- Look For Me (featuring bass Eric Bennett)
- What a Wonderful Day (featuring David)
- Goodbye, World, Goodbye (featuring David Sutton on harmonica and pianist Jeff Stice)
- Sunday Meeting Medley
- Medley: Climb Ev’ry Mountain / Till the Storm Passes By / You’ll Never Walk Alone (featuring Jeff)
Triumphant sang no less than six songs before saying a word. Their set was more subdued than a normal concert, largely because the promoter actually canceled their part of the booking after hearing them earlier and apparently disliking some of their comedy routines. The promoter and Eric Bennett talked for forty-seven minutes and ended up withdrawing the cancellation. (Eric Bennett told the story from the stage with the promoter standing next to him and actually turned it into quite a funny story.)
One highlight video:
On the other hand, the Collingsworth’s typical style fit the venue and the promoter’s tastes perfectly, and their program was more or less normal for them.
- Light from Heaven
- Holy Holy Holy (featuring Courtney) – This acapella rendition went over very well.
- God is In the Shadows (featuring Courtney)
- Trumpet / Piano medley – Come into His Presence / Shout to the Lord / Trees of the Field (featuring Phil and Kim) – A malfunction on one of the trumpet’s valves stopped Phil’s first solo within the first few notes. Kim (impressively) switched from accompaniment to melody within less than a measure. After some valve adjustments, Phil was back for the rest of his solo, with a strong finish.
- More Than Just a Swear Word (featuring Phil and Courtney)
- My Favorite Things (featuring Olivia) – Olivia apparently had a sore throat but was a trooper and delighted the audience, as usual.
- Salute to the Troops (piano solo featuring Kim)
- Lily of the Valley (fiddle duet – Courtney and Brooklyn)
- He Looked My Fault and Saw My Need (violin duet – Courtney and Brooklyn)
- Blessed Be the Lamb
- A Mighty Fortress is Our God / Hallelujah Chorus.
The audience stood at the start of the Hallelujah Chorus, but this song nevertheless received the strongest response of the night, with a prolonged ovation that must have lasted 45-60 seconds. Phil led the audience in a chorus of “Alleluia” before ending the first half.
Triumphant’s second half was rather short:
- Long Black Train (featuring Eric) – The audience seemed to enjoy this one.
- Don’t Let the Sandals Fool Ya – Interestingly, in the final choruses, both David Sutton and Eric Bennett chose less taxing alternate notes that didn’t require the particularly high or low ranges.
- Back to Me (featuring Scotty)
- Amazing Grace – This featured David Sutton on harmonica and Jeff Stice on piano.
Between Triumphant’s and the Collingsworth’s final sets, Jeff Stice and Kim Collingsworth played two piano duets, “When They Ring The Golden Bells” and “Meeting in the Air.”
When the Collingsworths came back on stage, Phil mentioned that one of Kim’s piano heroes and mentors was in the audience, and they called her up to play “In the Garden.” Then the Collingsworths sang three more songs:
- I Shall Not Be Moved (featuring Brooklyn) – This is a new song from their upcoming CD. It has a bridge from the familiar hymn, but is a different song by the same name.
- I Can Trust Jesus (featuring Courtney)
- May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
I was somewhat surprised that Kim did neither of her signature songs (“How Great Thou Art” and “It is Well”) in the concert. But though I never get tired of hearing those two songs, it does illustrate an interesting point: They have built their group’s repertoire to the point that they don’t need to include those two songs to have a strong program.