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Kansas City celebrates Society’s 80th anniversary

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A chance meeting in 1938 at Kansas City’s historic Muehlebach Hotel planted the seed for a worldwide harmony movement, and eighty years later, Barbershopppers throughout the area are celebrated. Mayor Sly James and the Kansas City Common Council issued a Proclamation recognizing National Barbershop Quartet Day. Festivities on Wednesday, April 11, the official birth date of the Society,  includ...
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Celebrate National Barbershop Quartet Day – April 11

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National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert Hall , the “Royal Keeper of the Minor Keys,” and O.C. Cash, “Third Assistant Temporary Vice Chairman” for a songfest. Subsequent gatherings snowballed, leading to the founding of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement o...
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So You Think You Know Barbershop?

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This regular series is intended for music educators and others interested in knowing more about this unique vocal style. Most importantly, our goal is to provide support for musicians and constructive solutions for singers. So you think you know barbershop? Admit it: the go-to image in your mind of barbershop music is four guys in striped vests and boater hats. From the Dapper Dans serenading Di...
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VINTAGE AUDIO: O.C. Cash recounts the first meeting in Tulsa, OK

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Superman and the rocket from planet Krypton… Newton’s apple and the theory of gravity… O.C. , Rupert, and the rooftop of the Tulsa Club… every monumental discovery needs a great origin story, and so it is with barbershop harmony. National Barbershop Quartet Day commemorates the birth of the organized barbershop movement on April 11, 1938, when 26 men gathered together at the invitation of Rupert ...
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New issue of PRESERVATION now available online

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The July issue of award-winning barbershop history magazine, PRESERVATION, is now online and available for FREE. (Click here to download and enjoy.) http://www.barbershop.org/about-us/history-of-barbershop/preservation/ Says editor Grady Kerr: This issue is the second in our new series, The Lost Quartets. You don’t have to win the gold to be a GREAT quartet in our Society. There have been som...
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Alexandria Harmonizers prepare to sing with Kristin Chenoweth, Andrew Lippa this weekend

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Thoughts from Alexandria Harmonizers director Joe Cerutti, as the chorus prepares for an new artistic adventure this weekend: Today we begin our final week of rehearsals for I Am Harvey Milk, with award-winning Broadway composer Andrew Lippa, renowned singer and actor Kristin Chenoweth, and the National Philharmonic under the baton of Joel Fram. To say that I've been anticipating this week wou...
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April 11, National Barbershop Quartet Day Celebrated on National Television

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National Barbershop Quartet Day Watch the latest video at <a href="http://video.foxnews.com">video.foxnews.com</a>  A National Television Appearance helped ring in April 11 Celebrations Congratulations to ClassRing and Storm Front for representing Barbershop harmony in an extremely professional and entertaining way for the Fox & Friends news crew and millions of Americans ...
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In Memoriam: Larry Deters

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Harmony Hall is saddened to share that, on January, 12, 2016, past Interim Society CEO Larry Deters passed away. A retired health care CEO in the Nashville area, he was selected to keep Society operations moving forward in the period between the retirement of CEO Ed Watson in July, 2011, and the hiring of current CEO Marty Monson in July, 2012.  Larry is fondly remembered by those he worked with h...
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Throwback Thursday: Meet the Forcep Four!

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Collegiate a cappella is booming... but it's not new! Oregon Health & Science University historian Max Johnson shares a recent acquisition for the Historical Collections and Archives department: a digitized recording of  campus quartet the Forcep Four, from their last recording session done in 1962. "The Forcep Four was a group of students including Jim Haaland, Robert Clark, Douglas Chambers...
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