Quartets celebrate harmony

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The Lads of Enchantment will present its 2013 Annual Barbershop Harmony Show 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the United Church of Los Alamos. The first part of the show, “Celebrate Harmony,” will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society and feature the LOE chorus and quartets. The second half will feature special guest quartet, Ruby Blue — the 2013 Rocky Mountain Quartet Champion of Sweet Adelines International.
Celebrate Harmony will salute the Barbershop Harmony Society’s beginning and barbershop singing. The show will feature traditional songs, as well as, songs that have become part of Americana. The show will open with “Celebrate Harmony,” an original composition that was written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the society. Among the other songs are a special, seldom-heard-version of “Sweet Adeline,” “Coney Island Baby,” the Lida Rose medley, “I’m Alone Because I Love You” and “God Bless the USA.”
Featured guest quartet, Ruby Blue, will be breaking new ground. Other female quartets or groups, such as Los Alamos High School’s Bel Canto, have sung in LOE shows, but Ruby Blue will be the first all-female special guest quartet.
Ruby Blue’s members, Heather (lead), Jocelyn (bass), Rebecca (bari) and Cindy (tenor), are members of Denver’s Skyline Sweet Adelines International Chorus. They are lifelong singers, who began singing together in 2009. In 2011, they placed second in the Sweet Adelines Rocky Mountain District Quartet Competition and this year they were the winner.
Ruby Blue was an invited guest performer at the 2013 men’s Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Harmony Spring Convention where members of the LOE saw them perform. They have also performed in numerous Barbershop Harmony and Sweet Adelines shows in the Rocky Mountain region, including that of Denver’s Sound of the Rockies Chorus, which has placed fourth in International Chorus competition and is the home chorus of 2010 International Quartet Champion, Storm Front.
On Friday night, there will be an “Afterglow” in Graves Hall following the show. The Afterglow entails a snack and additional singing for a modest fee of $5. Advance tickets are $15, $5 for students, which may be purchased at CB Fox, or from chorus members.