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BARBERSHOP SINGERS TO CONVERGE IN MUSIC CITY DURING 70TH INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Nashville, Tenn. (June 4, 2008) — The sounds you hear will be harmonious, they’ll be plentiful, and they’ll be uniquely American in their roots, though expansively international in their impact. The music will come from thousands of men gathering to join in song in Music City July 2-5.
Close harmony singers from around the world will meet in Nashville for the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 70th Annual International Convention. The singers and their fans from five countries will gather for the international quartet and chorus competitions, shows, clinics, and good old-fashioned sing-alongs.
During the week, the world’s finest barbershop quartets and choruses will vie for coveted medals and titles naming them “the best of the best” in barbershop harmony.
On Thursday, July 3, the Grand Opening and dedication of the new headquarters building will take place at 110 Seventh Avenue North. The street will be blocked off for a festival-like event as thousands of singers and dignitaries celebrate this historic occasion in song with Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. Afterward, the Oak Ridge Boys, one of country music’s most recognizable and popular quartets, will accept honorary membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society at noon at the Sommet Center, prior to the start of the quartet semi-final competition.
Competition begins Wednesday, July 2 at the Sommet Center. Groups will face off in several categories through the weekend to be named the best barbershop singers in the world. Nashville is represented in competition by three local quartets, Lunch Break, Redline, and the Great Nashville Singout.
Interested in the college scene? The Bank of America Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Contest is open to the public on Saturday, July 5. Twenty-one collegiate quartets will vie for the gold during this contest session from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sommet Center.
From gospel to the show of champions
On Thursday, July 3 the Society is true to its motto to “Keep the whole world singing.” Everyone is invited to join in the Good News! Gospel Sing at the First Baptist Church from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. with the King’s Heralds quartet. The event is free and open to the public.
Also on Thursday, the Association of International Champions (AIC) show will celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society with “A Tribute to American
Music.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Sommet Center. Eight gold medal quartets will perform as well as the AIC chorus made up of champion singers.
Night owls will delight in the Mixed Harmony Showcase, with men and women blending their voices in concert on Friday, July 4 from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Renaissance Hotel. The showcase is free.
As the week winds down, the singing revs up. The award-winning, mixed voice quintet from Sweden, The Real Group, will be headlining “Harmony Foundation Presents…” on Saturday, July 5 at 2 p.m. at the Sommet Center. Joining them onstage will be high-energy harmonizers Voices of Lee, the 100 voice world-renowned chorus the Ambassadors of Harmony and the 2008 Youth Festival Chorus winner the San Marcos Marcsmen. Visit www.harmonyfoundationpresents.com for more information.
The World Harmony Jamboree takes place Saturday, July 5 at 4 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, and will feature some of the best men’s and women’s groups from throughout the world. Award- winning singers from Australia, Great Britain, Germany and New Zealand will join those from Canada and the United States in showcasing the uniquely American musical style of barbershop harmony. Tickets are available online at www.barbershop.org/nashville.