Sunday, March 23, 2014

63rd Annual Barbershop Show in less than 1 week!

Imagine if the Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus had a weekly radio show, with folks tuning in every Saturday night for “The Big Barbershop Broadcast” filled with skits and songs performed live in front of a studio audience!  That’s the premise of “…On the Air”, our 63rd Annual Show this coming Saturday, March 29th at Sterling High School’s Centennial Auditorium. We’ll be ‘live’ at 4:30 on imaginary KORD radio with four-part harmony renditions of “Nevertheless” “Little Pal” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter” and more, along with putting our spin on gags from radio greats like Abbott & Costello, Fred Allen, Jack Benny, and Stan Freberg! 

The guys in the chorus are having a blast getting these songs and skits ready, with musical direction by Tim Pashon and Kevin O’Keefe, and the radio script written by Kevin Deets and Jay Pauley. Our very own chapter quartet 74 and a quarter will also perform. We’re sure you’ll be both singing along and laughing out loud!

The chorus is also looking forward to this year’s special quartet Forefront.  One of the Barbershop Harmony Society’s most sought-after quartets, Forefront placed 13th in 2010, 6th in 2011, and 7th in 2012 at international competitions and, most recently, took home a 5th place bronze medal from last year’s contest in Toronto! With great music, artistry, and high energy performance, we’re thrilled this quartet is performing at our show!

Tickets for the show are on sale now  (Adults - $15; Seniors - $12; and Students - Free with ID)  and can be purchased in advance at Community State Bank locations in Sterling and Rock Falls; Select Employees Credit Union; St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Sterling; Books on First in Dixon; from any Barbershop Chorus Member. Tickets will also be available at the door Saturday.

No, the RRVBC doesn’t actually have a weekly radio show “…On the Air”!  But our chorus members do travel to Rock Falls weekly to rehearse (some from as far away as  Princeton, Clinton, Monroe, etc), getting ready for performances at area fundraising events, churches, Christmas walks, and district contests, plus help organize and volunteer at events like the Youth In Harmony Festival coming up in September!  Our annual Spring Show helps make all of this possible, so we sure hope you’ll make the trip this Saturday to Centennial Auditorium in Sterling for “The Big Barbershop Broadcast”!  We hit the airwaves at 4:30!

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