Barbershop harmony is a a classic American art form, that has seen a recent resurgence, one that has not been seen since the do-wop era of the 50’s. TV shows like Glee and the Sing-off have introduced a new audience to the wonders of a cappella singing. It not only is a good social outlet, many studies have shown health benefits to group singing.
And while most modern barbershop groups still sing the traditional songs, they are also reinventing and expanding the sound, while at the same time keeping the tradition of the music alive.
On Saturday, February 22, 2014, at 1:59 p.m. & 7:29 p.m. The Detroit-Oakland Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society will present their Diamond Anniversary (that’s the 75th) concert “Thanks for the Memories” at Clarenceville High School in Livonia, Michigan.
The chapters ‘Gentlemen Songsters Chorus‘ will be performing the more traditional songs, as a choir and as quartets, while special guests “Throwback” and “Majestyx” will show that they are the new voice of the barbershop bringing harmony and and a little humor to the stage.
The Barbershop Harmony Society has more than 28,000 members in the U.S. and Canada as well as twenty other countries. Now that’s a lot of singing.
For information on the National Barbershop Harmony Society visit barbershop.org/
At some point just about everybody should give it a try. Even Detroit Tiger Justin Verlander gave it a shot (for almost 2o seconds) when he was staying at a hotel that was holding a Barbershop Convention.
And it was caught on camera!!! (http://youtu.be/bYDE8O9fghw)