MT. VERNON – Organizers hope this year's Harmony Roses Chorus annual show will appeal to a broad spectrum of musical tastes.
Not only will the event feature the type of music the chorus group is known for – barbershop and a cappella – but it will also include a Beatles tribute band.
“I think we have a variety of performances for everyone,” said Cheryl Webb, events co-chairperson for the Harmony Roses Chorus of Sweet Adelines International, the sponsor of the show. “We try to have music that everyone enjoys. We also want to promote the appreciation of a cappella and barbershop music.”
This year's fifth annual show is entitled “Peace and Harmony at Crescent Lake Farms.” It will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 14 at Crescent Lake Farms, 17031 N. Casey Pike Lane in Mt. Vernon. To reach the site, travel west on Richview Road and then watch for the signs.
The show's featured performance will be by the Beatle Brothers, a local Beatles tribute band. Its members are Del Herbert, Brent Hahn, Scotty Qualk, and Jake Schofield.
Also performing are the Harmony Roses Chorus, the No Doubt Quartet, and others. The event will also feature a silent auction with numerous donated items and a bake sale.
To coincide with the Beatles theme, the Harmony Roses will perform 1960s-era songs at the show, including “Let it Be,” “I Will Follow Him,” “Get Happy,” and others.
Rose Straeter, choral director of the Harmony Roses, said using popular music is a “little bit different” for her group. Even so, the songs will still be presented in the group's signature barbershop style, featuring “tight, close-knit harmonies,” Straeter said
“That makes it really fun, not only to sing but to listen to as well,” Straeter said. “So we're excited.”