Local a capella group to perform at Sherbino

Local a capella group Heartbeat may vary its members year to year, but it is always composed of seven or eight women. This photo is from the group’s 2017 tour “Big Love.”

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by Mary Menz

Heartbeat is a vocals-only group of local women that brings its unique and thoughtful musical expression of love, unity and living in harmony to the Sherbino Sunday, March 14, at 4 p.m. Its “Live as One” tour is inspired by the John Lennon chart-topper “Imagine.”
“For this tour, we perform songs in 12 languages, folk songs from around the world that demonstrate cultural diversity and traditions shared by many kinds of people,” said Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer, a member of the group.
The “Live as One” concert series features global music and songs from Bulgaria, Ecuador, Estonia, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and other countries. Telluride and Ridgway are the first stops on their self-scheduled 2018 tour.
A majority of these women have been singing together since 1994 and have performed at the Sand Island Bluegrass Festival in Bluff, Utah, have opened the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and have brought their upbeat music to many smaller venues in between. Current members include Ulli Sir Jesse of Ridgway and Suzan Beraza, Nancy DeCastro, Donna Burd Fernald, Judith Kohin, Deb Stevens and Trommer, all from various parts of San Miguel County.
Sir Jesse started the group in...

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