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Huron Shore Chorus to sing at Opera House

June 22, 2011
The Alpena News

CHEBOYGAN The Huron Shore Chorus from Alpena will be among several barbershop groups performing Saturday in a 7:30 p.m. concert at The Opera House in Cheboygan.

Also scheduled to perform are The Midstatesmen Chorus from Gratiot County and Right on Q, a barbershop quartet from Macomb County.

The Huron Shore Chorus was formed as a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society in 1973. Today, there are still a few members who have been active in the chorus for over 33 years.

While the music has changed a little since that time, the fellowship and good feelings that make this group strong are still as appealing as they were back in 1973. Under the direction of Ted Johnson, listeners will hear from this group of 18 both barbershop standards and contemporary arrangements.

The Midstatesmen Chorus, a performing unit of the Pioneer District of the Barbershop Harmony Society, has a reputation for good music, a dash of showmanship and a large dose of family fun.

The chorus produces a family-oriented show, always with a little humor and great singing. Members are truly "midstatesmen" as seven different mid-Michigan counties are represented, including Gratiot, Midland, Montcalm, Roscommon, Isabella, Clare and Saginaw counties.

Right on Q features Ken Klein, Mark Slamka, Matthew Tipton and Ed Bax. They are the 2010 Pioneer District Champions.

Having fun singing together is about the only thing this group takes seriously, and while they don't really need an audience to have a good time singing together, it is impossible for audiences large or small to remain immune to their infectious rapport.

Founded in 1938 as the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA) Inc., the national Barbershop Harmony Society is the largest all-male singing organization in the world, with more than 35,000 members in North America.

Another 4,000 men enjoy the hobby in eight affiliated organizations worldwide. Doctors, plumbers, lawyers, truck drivers and store managers come together to experience the fellowship that is created by this unique art form.

Tickets to the concert are $12 for adults and $8 for students through the 12th grade. The box office is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and three hours prior to show time on the days of performance.

Call 231-627-5841 or 800-357-9408 or order online at www.theoperahouse.oeg. This program is supported, in part, by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

 
 

 

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