Chorus, barbershop quartet to join forces Saturday

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By The Staff

The Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus from Albuquerque is hosting a concert at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at White Rock Baptist Church but they will share the stage with a few familiar faces.

The local barbershop quartet Lads of Enchantment will be the chorus’ special guest.

Phil Seeger, president of the Lads of Enchantment, said it is the first time the quartet has performed with the chorus.

“And we think it’s a pretty special opportunity because the Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus is a good one,” he said.

He added the Lads of Enchantment’s two quartets, 4 Praise and Jemez Jarmony, will also perform.

A few song selections the audience can plan to hear include “Ain’t Misbehavin,” “42nd Street,” “How Deep is the Ocean” and to conclude the show, “Lida Rose,” which was featured in the movie, “The Music Man.”

The show theme, “Lets Party,” is a celebration of 56 years of barbershop harmony in Albuquerque.

This program is a salute and celebration of those talented women who were pioneers of the great hobby of barbershop music, which is a four-part a cappella harmony.

The White Rock program will include nostalgic music and experiences from Denise King, master director, and several chorus members.

 Seeger encourages people to attend the show, “mostly because it is always fun to hear the old songs sung very well.”

Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus is kicking off its performance on a sweet note. The chorus competed last month in Pasadena, Calif., with 11 other all-female, acappella four-part barbershop harmony choruses.  

Enchanted Mesa was awarded first place in division AA mid size choruses and third place overall in the Region 21 area, which includes New Mexico, Arizona, Southern California and El Paso, Texas.

 The group, affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, had 46-performing members onstage under the leadership of King.  

The chorus received very high rankings in “sound,” despite tough competition from much larger choruses that have recently participated on the international stage.

Enchanted Mesa Show Chorus has sung together for 30 years, and is comprised of women ranging from age 14 to older than age 80.

The chorus is available for performances for business and social functions and community events, as a full chorus, quartet or a small ensemble.

For scheduling performances or information for new members, and how to visit a rehearsal, call 505-323-7960 or check www.enchantedmesa.org.

General admission tickets for the concert Saturday cost $10, $8 for seniors/students and children age 5 and younger will be admitted free.

The Lads of Enchantment are currently planning a concert of their own. “We are planning our annual show for the last weekend of October,” Seeger said. “And we’re very anxious for anybody who might be interested to come and sing with us.”

If interested, call Seeger at 662-7163 or attend rehearsals at 7 p.m. Thursdays at the United Church.