Grand County / Live music: Tickets on sale for Grand Chorale annual showcase
May 30, 2008
There’s something about hearing groups of sharp-dressed men singing in barbershop harmony ” those complimentary tones and locked-in chords. If barbershop quartets give you goosebumps, then you too will sing about the Grand Chorale’s annual show, with tickets already on sale.
Fortune, PHIL and Four on the Floor return to perform throughout the program ” a tradition since the Grand Chorale’s beginning more than a dozen years ago.
Fortune comes together with lead Jeff Shaw, tenor Steve Mulligan, bass Marv Aiken and baritone Bill Teal. PHIL is made up of lead Jim Morris, tenor Jim Griffiths, bass Ed Bittle and baritone Roger Shaw. The Four on the Four are lead Harry Canon, tenor Tom Newton, bass Marion Bricker and baritone Don Hunt.
This year, joining the local men (and one woman), will be special guest quartet Ignition! The explosive foursome hails from the Front Range.
The quartet is said “to ‘ignite’ audiences with a wide variety of music and their high-quality sound, interesting arrangements, and personable nature.” The four singers and two arrangers formed in 2004 and have since won the Rocky Mountain District barbershop contest in September 2005.
Bass Denny “Papa” Malone, baritone Matt “the Mouth” Swann, lead Curtis “Chopper” Terry and tenor Dan “The Laser” Teasta became international competitors the following years.
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Ignite! brought home first place from the Rocky Mountain District Spring Convention in April, which qualified the group for the 2008 International Convention in Nashville June 29 to July 6.
“This should work well for our show two weeks before,” said Tom Giblin, member of the Grand Chorale. “They should be at their peak.”
The Grand Chorale is made up of 22 men and is an official chapter of the Barbershop Harmonic Society. Singing primarily in the barbershop style of four-part harmony, the group is also known to sprinkle in ballads, spiritual, swing and show tunes.
Director Jeff Shaw and assistant director Jim Morris lead the group that includes Giblin, Marv Aiken, Ed Bittle, Marion Bricker, Don Campbell, Harry Canon, Jim Clair, Al Clark, Jim Feucht, Jim Griffiths, Don Hunt, Dave Kafer, Whitney Kemper, Kim Long, Dave Maddox, Tom Newton, Barton Phillips, Roger Shaw, Win Watkins and Bob Westlake.
Tickets are available at the General Store in Winter Park, local Grand Mountain Banks, Mountain Food Market in Grand Lake, Shadow Mountain Chiropractic in Granby, from members of the Grand Chorale and at the door.
The Grand Chorale is always looking for new members. The group meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 390 Garnet Ave., in Granby. For information, call Tom Newton at (970) 726-8878 or visit http://www.grandchorale.org.