“Waving Through a Window”
Your Grateful Hosts: The Augmented 8, Washington D.C.
(from Dear Evan Hansen)
Words and Music by Benji Pasek and Justin Paul
Arrangement by Tom Bulleit
Solos by Tom Bulleit, John Symington, Paul Kraske, Rick Bond
Production by Johnny Del Toro (audio), Amber Schmiesing (video) and
Raise Your Voice Labs, and Tom Bulleit
The Augmented 8 has been entertaining Washington metro area audiences for 70 years, although thankfully, our current membership has joined more recently and has younger voices. Nearly all of us are refugees from collegiate a cappella, and some of our former college groups are joining us as musical contributors to this our second annual virtual (but 30th overall!) staging of Sing Out for Shelter, a benefit concert to raise funds for local charities that support people experiencing homelessness. As the opener for this event, we chose co-director Tom Bulleit’s arrangement of “Waving Through A Window,” the protagonist’s anthem from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical (and now movie), Dear Evan Hansen. The song is the autobiography of a young man, now a high school student, who has grown up on the autism spectrum and knows it, but who is determined not to let it keep him forever “on the outside always looking in.” We think it also has a universality, in that speaks to isolation and a longing to belong, which many of us may be still experiencing from the pandemic. We’ve also assembled a program with virtual performances by some of the elites of college a cappella and our local community, represented by the ladies of Venus D Minor, and the next generation of a cappella singers from two of our local high schools. We hope you enjoy the show, and as we wished (sadly, in vain) last year, hope we will be able to see as many of you as possible live again next year.