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Celebrities and Champion Singers Take the Stage in Hollywood

FOR RELEASE PRIOR TO JUNE 14

Nashville, April 28, 2009 – The sounds you hear will be harmonious. They will be plentiful. And they will be uniquely American in their roots, but expansively international in their impact. They will come from thousands of people gathering to join in song in Anaheim, California    June 28 – July 5.

Close harmony singers from across the world will meet in Anaheim for the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 71st annual international convention and competitions. Singers and their fans from several countries will gather for shows, clinics, competitions, and good old-fashioned sing-alongs.

Champs in Hollywood
Some of the most talented groups in North American a cappella will take the stage in the Honda Center Thursday, July 2, 7:45 p.m., when the Association of International Champions (AIC) presents “Champs in Hollywood.”

The “Champs in Hollywood” theme stems from two main appearances:  one being our legendary guest performers – Dick Van Dyke’s quartet, The Vantastix. They will present songs made famous by Mr. Van Dyke’s performances in popular Hollywood musical films.

The second, highly-anticipated appearance is current International Champion Quartet OC Times, who are also members of current International Chorus Champion Masters of Harmony.

“It’s an honor to be a part of such a star-studded music event,” said 2008 International Quartet Champion, Sean Devine (OC Times). “We’re thrilled to perform along side of our heroes.”

All performers are previous gold medal winners in the Society’s international contests. They retain championship status in keeping with the Society’s philosophy “once a champion, always a champion.” Many of the quartets include jazz, gospel and other a cappella styles in their repertoire.

Among the champion quartets to perform are:  OC Times (2008), Max Q (2007), Vocal Spectrum (2006), Realtime (2005), FRED (1999), and Happiness Emporium (1975).

Also joining them on stage will be the AIC Chorus (comprised of past quartet champions), as well as a featured cameo from The New Tradition (1985), and a special 25th anniversary performance by the Rapscallions (1984).

Tickets are $20, $30, $45 and $80, plus handling charge, and are sold on www.aicgold.com and inside the Honda Center lobby an hour before the performance.

Additional information regarding the Barbershop Harmony Society’s 71st annual international convention and competitions will be released as it becomes available. For more information, visit www.barbershop.org/anaheim.

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