Epic to be Featured Singing National Anthem at Virginia Gold Cup


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Epic to be Featured Singing National Anthem at Virginia Gold Cup

Premier Women’s Barbershop Quartet Brings Harmony to the May 5 Event


THE PLAINS, Va., April 3, 2012 – The Virginia Gold Cup Association announced today that Epic, the Washington, D.C., region’s premier acapella female quartet, will start off this year’s Virginia Gold Cup races with its four-part harmony rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Epic will also perform for attendees throughout the day-long event, which takes place Saturday, May 5, 2012 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Virginia.

The Virginia Gold Cup, one of the largest steeplechase races in the country and Virginia’s answer to the Kentucky Derby (now in its 87th year) is also one of Washington D.C.’s largest outdoor events.  The event enjoys 50,000 spectators with six races and a day of parties and networking in spectacular Virginia horse country.  In addition to the races there are Jack Russell Terrier races, tailgate and hat contests, and vendor booths for great shopping.

“We are honored to be a part of the opening ceremonies of this prestigious event,” said Anne Albright, lead singer for Epic. “The time-honored tradition of singing the National Anthem is amplified when it’s a part of such a popular and historic event as the Virginia Gold Cup race. We are looking forward to being a part of this vibrant and festive regional tradition.”

Epic, a female acapella quartet specializing in barbershop harmony, performs regionally and is slated to compete in acapella competitions across the country in 2012. The singers were recently recognized as the second place finishers in the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes competition, a popular acapella festival held annually at the historic Birchmere Theater in Alexandria, Va. Epic is a vibrant quartet filled with an impressive blend musical and life experiences. Its members are Kristina Adams (baritone), Anne Albright (lead), Shana Oshiro (bass), and Christina Lewellen (tenor).

“We are delighted to have Epic at this year’s event,” said Dr. William Allison, president of the Virginia Gold Cup Association.  “Epic is such a talented group and we think they’ll provide great entertainment for our Gold Cup audience.”

Tickets for the Virginia Gold Cup on May 5 are available at area Harris Teeter stores and online at www.vagoldcup.com.  The cost is $85 for a car pass that admits up to 6 occupants and a vehicle.  Member’s Hill passes are $45 per person.

Great Meadow is located just 45 minutes west ofWashington,DC, and is in close proximity to Dulles International Airport.  To get there fromWashington,DC, take I-66 west to The Plains exit.  Turn left at the end of the ramp onto The Plains Road (Route 245 south), follow signs to Great Meadow which will be on your left.  Call 540-347-2612 for additional information or visit the web site at http://www.vagoldcup.com.

The Virginia Gold Cup Races are sponsored by Infinitive, Audi, United Airlines, M.C. Dean, Washington Fine Properties/Armfield, Miller & Ripley, and Rutherfoord. Race day activities are underwritten by Willowsford, Geico, Merck, Plato’s Closet and the Virginia Lottery. 


About Epic

Epic formed when two barbershop acapella harmony singers, a jazz singer and an opera singer found they discovered a common love of ringing chords, fun rehearsals and fantastic shoes. The foursome hails from Virginia and Maryland and is proudly affiliated with the Harmony, Inc., a premier international organization of women barbershop harmony singers.

Epic is a vibrant quartet filled with an impressive blend musical and life experiences. Its members are Kristina Adams (baritone), Anne Albright (lead), Shana Oshiro (bass), and Christina Lewellen (tenor).   The quartet finished second in the popular Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes competition, and will participate in barbershop competitions across the nation as part of its 2012 performance schedule.

Visit EpicQuartet.com to learn how the quartet aims to fill its days with Epic laughter, Epic music, and Epic shoes!

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