Two area singing groups to perform together
The men’s West Branch Barbershop Chorus (WBBC) and ladies’ Heart of PA Chorus (HOP) will come together to present their annual Fall Show Barbershop at 7:30 pm on Friday, Nov. 11, at the Community Theatre League (CTL), 100 W. Third St.
In addition to the both choruses performing, they also will feature several of their chapter quartets further filling up the night that will be chocked full of harmonies all performed in the barbershop style.
Barbershop a cappella singing is an early American style of music, originating in the late 1800s with nothing but four voices blending together on a community street corner, is sung today by either quartet or chorus. This barbershop four-part harmony style, sung by four unaccompanied voices, is comprised of three singing what are called the tenor, baritone and bass voices harmonizing to the fourth lead voice singing the melody of the song. The tenor part harmonizes above the lead part with the bass providing a base of support for all the voices, and the baritone provides the in-between notes that complete the chords which give barbershop harmony its very distinctive ringing chords sound.
The men’s chorus is composed of some 36 members from several communities in the West Branch Valley ranging from Lewisburg/Sunbury/Bloomsburg to the Williamsport/Mont- oursville/Jersey Shore areas. WBBC’s repertoire of songs for the CTL show will range from show tunes to spiritual to doo-wop including I Got Rhythm, Lullabye in Ragtime, Swing Down Chariot and Who Put the Bomp. The men’s chorus became incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1975 when it became affiliated as a local chapter of the Society for the Preservation of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America now shortened to Barbershop Harmony Society. The HOP ladies’ chorus is composed of some 20 members from the Lewisburg/Williamsport area and is affiliated with Harmony, Inc.
Tickets can be bought from the Community Theatre League’s website at www.ctlshows.com or by calling the box office at 570-327-1777, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.thewest branchchorus.com.