Grand Chorale celebrating 30th anniversary with special decades concert |

Grand Chorale celebrating 30th anniversary with special decades concert

When the Grand Chorale started in 1988 it was just five members, but it has since grown and will be celebrating its 30th anniversary with songs from the 1800s to today.

“Keep the whole world singing all day long.”

That’s the motto of the Grand Chorale and the goal for their upcoming 30th anniversary concert.

The Grand Chorale is putting on a Through the Decades concert for their anniversary, which will feature a wide variety of songs from the 1800s to modern day. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 at the Church of the Eternal Hills in Tabernash.

“It’s just a really great harmony and I think we probably need a little of that these days,” said Steve Radcliffe, president of the Grand Chorale. “For a small chorus we sing well.”

Unusually for a barbershop group, the concert will feature an all-female quartet from Denver called Vintage. Other performances will be done by the Grand Chorale’s two quartets, Fortune and Fourlorn, as well as the whole chorus, which includes the quartets and seven other chorus members.

Music will vary from pop to swing to traditional barbershop songs, so there’s something for everyone. All of the music is performed a-cappella style.

Radcliffe said the songs and theme of the concert were chosen to celebrate the 30 years that the Grand Chorale has been performing.

“We thought that was an appropriate review of songs representing our three decades of existence,” Radcliffe said.

Jeff Shaw, the director of the chorus and a member since its inception, said a barbershop concert is a unique experience because of the close harmonies and overall sound produced.

“There’s one very interesting thing about barbershop and that’s if you do everything just right, the chord starts to ring,” Shaw said. “So in other words, you can actually hear notes that are sounding out, that aren’t being sung by anybody but we’re creating them because of the harmonies.”

The chorus has been preparing for their anniversary concert since March with weekly practices. Shaw hopes that not only will the crowd be entertained, but that they might inspire others to join the chorus.

“I hope there’s a few people in our audience who enjoy the show so much that they would be interested in coming out and singing with us,” he said.

Tickets to the concert are $15 and can be bought directly from any chorus member or at Shadow Mountain Chiropractic. After the concert, the Grand Chorale is hosting a get together at Fontenot’s in Winter Park with appetizers, a cash bar and more singing. Those tickets are $20.

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