Marcia Pelletiere
The Accidentals
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Marcia performed with a cappella group The Accidentals for over 25 years. The group won the 1995 National Finals of the Harmony Sweepstakes, three MAC Awards, and a Back Stage Bistro Award. They have released five CDs. 

The Accidentals sang in a wide variety of musical styles and settings, including a vocal quartet for Louis Andriessen's De Stijl (NY premiere) with the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra at the Brooklyn Academy of Music; the Music Has Power Awards, honoring Oliver Sacks and Michael Greene (hosted by Betty Buckley); the Cultural Impact Awards for the National Music Foundation, honoring Betty Comden, Marilyn Bergman, and Dionne Warwick (hosted by Dick Clark, with The Accidentals, Alan Bergman, Cy Coleman, Chuck Cooper, Debbie Gravitte, Karen Mason, and Melba Moore); Bandless Aid for World Hunger Year (hosted by Sean Altman of Rockapella at The Bottom Line, NYC). 

The group also performed in the Downtown Messiah holiday show for all of its six-year run (The Bottom Line, NYC). The group also performed at Alice Tully Hall (Lincoln Center), NJPAC, Merkin Concert Hall, CAMI Hall, Symphony Space, St. John the Divine, Marin Civic Auditorium (San Rafael, CA), Princeton University (Alexander Hall), Cornell University, Westport Arts Center (Westport, CN), The Triad, The Copacabana, Friar's Club, Don't Tell Mama, Eighty Eights, and Steve McGraw'sTheir music has been included in films and on radio and television, and they have accompanied and/or recorded with diverse artists including Ronnie Spector, Petula Clark, Jane Siberry, Dennis Leary, David Johansen, Richard Barone, The Chordettes, Julie Gold, Christine Lavin, Joy Askew, Jenny Burton, The East Village Opera Company, Julia Wade, Jaime deRoy, among many others.

Marcia has sung on many additional CDs with the Accidentals, including: Christine Lavin's CDs "One Meatball" and "Folkzinger"; The East Village Opera Company's "Olde School"; Jamie deRoy & Friends (several CDs in the series); "Very Best of the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival""Voices Only A Cappella Originals""Harmony Sweepstakes 1996""Get Carter" (Original Soundtrack); "Enemy of the State" (Original Soundtrack).

CDs (click on a cover to purchase)
CD with reviews from Primarily A Cappella,
(full reviews and songlists here)

"The Accidentals":
1995 Harmony Sweepstakes winners present songs of exquisite arrangement including Margaret Dorn's well known "You Win" and "Wheel of Time." A Latin rhythm Rudolph the Red Nose? Yes! e. e. cummings' "In Just Spring" given a musical score at last by Jim Vincent. The Cycodrama Suite should be mentioned. It's a tribute to cult rotten-film director Ed Wood Jr. and one of the most sophisticated pieces of humor in a cappelladom. The Accidentals are a mixed chorus of 8 voices. The songs are beautifully sung, arranged, produced and totally original.

They are a vocal orchestra! That's the overwhelming impression we get when listening to the Accidentals. Where other groups may be vocal bands, the voices in the Accidentals act more as if they were sections of an orchestra, each weaving a thread into the larger tapestry of song. What is even more amazing is that each of the voices can be heard clearly and individually, even on those rare moments when more than two members are creating a chorus! All in all they sing some of the most complex arrangements in all of acappelladom. [...] You'll laugh, you'll cry, it's beautiful, it's funny, you'll be beguiled by one of the best a cappella albums of the new millennium!

"Intermittent Plush":

"Plush" is a complex, stunning, beautifully done piece of work by one of the best vocal ensembles on the planet!

"An Accidental Christmas":

The Accidentals won the Harmony Sweepstakes in 1995 with their signature tune, "You Win." The eight piece group is known for their exemplary musicianship and unexpected arrangements. Though the advance copy we received for review did not include all of the songs on the CD-there will be twenty in all-what we heard lived up to our high expectations, including the hearty "Wassail Song," a pristine "I Wander As I Wander" and the CARA award-winning "Rudiana," a hilarious tour-de-force that sends up a variety of musical genres from classical to tango.  

"I'm Not Going Home for Christmas":

NYC-based, 8-member, mixed-voice Accidentals have been personal favorites of ours since their 1995 Harmony Sweepstakes win. [...]"Winter in Manhattan" is a funny, surprising, hip Christmas song, and standards "Carol of the Bells," "Frosty the Snowman," "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," "What Child is This," "Three Traditional Carols," "Balulalow," and "Silent Night" are as beautifully and brightly arranged and harmonized as we have ever heard these songs. Several excellent group originals, including the title tune by Bill Mitchell and Jim Vincent, and two winners written by Dennis Deal, the accompanied, funny, brutally honest "The Last 12 Days of the World" and "(I Honestly Hate) This Gift." A pair of lovely classical pieces by Maurice Durufle, "Tota Pulchra" and "Ubi Caritas;" and Francis Poulenc's joyous "Hodie Christmas" are icing on the yummy musical cake that is "I'm not going home for Christmas!"