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April 11, 2013

Barbershop Chorus to present favorites

DANVILLE — Those who like holiday tunes can hear them all in one sitting — from “Auld Lang Syne” in January to “White Christmas” in December, and every month in between.

The Danville Barbershop Chorus will present “Enjoy the Holidays” at 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday in the Bremer Theater at Danville Area Community College. Every significant calendar event — except Groundhog Day — will be featured in song.

Director Jim Beebe said, “I’m pleased we’ve included traditional songs with Christmas and Easter, as well as Rosh Hashanah and Chanukah.” Plus, there are patriotic songs, such as “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and fun tunes, like “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Other favorites are “You’re as Welcome as the Flowers in May,” “Daddy Sang Bass,” “Let’s Get Away From it All,” “Please, Mr. Columbus,” “Feast of Lights,” “McNamara’s Band” and “My Wild Irish Rose.” A rendition of “Happy Birthday” will mark the 75th anniversary of the International Barbershop Harmony Society.

In the second half of the show, the North Ridge Middle School Red Coats will perform, under the direction of Jennifer Woodrow. The program ends with “America the Beautiful.”

Twenty-four of the 32 members will take the stage, and four quartets will perform — Buffalo Chips, St. James Infirmary, First Time Around and Four on the Floor.

Jeff McMorris, a member for two years, and Mike Westphal, a longtime member, are show chairmen.

McMorris is excited about this year’s production, as it shows improvement from last year, when the singers stood on the raisers and just sang. This year, there’s choreography and the show is more dynamic, he said.

In fact, McMorris said, “Barbershop in Danville is a success story in the last couple of years.” The chorus was struggling, but has managed to attract new members and bring back former ones lately, he said.

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