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A cappella concert features Christmas tunes

Posted: September 8, 2013 - 12:02am

If you can carry a tune, the Harmony River Chorus invites you to a guest night on Thursday, Sept. 12. The local a cappella singing group will host a “Christmas in September” theme night in anticipation of their Dec. 7 performance.

“We’ll visit while we eat Christmas cookies and then guests will join us to learn the first Christmas song for our show, in which they will be invited to participate,” said Marilyn Grau, membership committee representative for the group.

Harmony River Chorus is a chapter of the Sweet Adelines, an international organization of women singers that extends across five continents and counts more than 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets among its ranks. Harmony River Chorus includes singers from the entire CSRA.

The mission of the group is to “advance the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.” Today’s Sweet Adelines has a repertoire that includes modern ballads and upbeat songs, popular show tunes, patriotic and gospel music and even jazz.

Under the direction of Stacy Branch, who also directs the award-winning choirs at Lakeside High School, the Harmony River Chorus enjoys putting on shows and traveling to regional conventions and various other competitions.

To find out more about the Harmony River Chorus and how to become a member, visit with the group during their Sept. 12 guest night at the North Augusta Church on Martintown Road. Rehearsal will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“We’re hoping that by the end of the evening, guests will be as hooked as we are and will want to join us every Thursday evening,” said Grau.

“Sweet Adelines is an opportunity for all women – young, old, professionals, students, homemakers, trained musicians and those who never learned to read music – to join together having fun, making music and bonding as friends,” explained Grau. “We come to rehearsals tired from a long day at work and leave rejuvenated and full of energy.”

For more information, check the Web site at www.HarmonyRiverChorus.org or contact Grau at MarilynSGrau@gmail.com.

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