Harmony Brigade Returns to Moore County
The North Carolina Harmony Brigade is coming to Moore County for its 19th consecutive, weekend quartet-singing.
The event culminates with the group joining in a group chorale performance Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. at Owens Auditorium.
Attended by 130-plus members and pre-approved guests, this highly experienced group spends the weekend singing with as many quartets as they can as a warm-up for competition composed of randomly drawn participants on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Following in the barbershop music tradition, all singing is performed in a cappella style. The songs they sing are chosen by the NCHB music committee and presented to the members in late summer, to be completely memorized by the January meeting date.
The event has been given the subtitle of "extreme quarteting." Its songs are compiled from arrangements from Barbershop International convention quartet medal winners.
At this level, musical arrangements are composed for maximum audience appeal and are therefore often complex arrangements, requiring a dedicated level of commitment by the members to bring their "A" game or stay home.
Selections this year include such familiar numbers as "Just In Time," "I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die," Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll" and other timeless numbers.
Joining this all male chorus will be headliner quartets, one of which is Village Green.
Their style and harmonic blend earned them a quartet finalists' position in the Barbershop Harmony Society, International Seniors Division Contest in 2009.
"We in the Sandhills are truly fortunate to be able to experience more than 130 talented voices that come to us from many parts of the country to participate in this awesome event,"' says a spokesman. "They ring musical chords that truly thrill and amaze."
Advance tickets are $15 at the Arts Council of Moore County office at the Campbell House or any Golf Capital Chorus member, or call Larry Harter at (910) 295-3529, Bob Tweed at (910) 295-3199 or Bob Boone at (910) 295-6563.
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