Mt. Vernon Register-News

September 6, 2013

Harmony Roses Chorus to hold show

The Register-News

---- — 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.”

Harmony Roses, a 20-member a cappella group, sponsors the show each year as its major fundraiser.

Proceeds help fund the group's community performances and competition events, Webb said. Specifically, the money goes toward transportation expenses, costumes, and other supplies.

The group performs locally at hospitals, nursing homes and churches, as well as at community dedications and other events. In addition, the group participates annually in national competitions.

“Harmony Roses is a local chapter of Sweet Adelines International,” Webb said. “We're a nonprofit organization.”

The annual show typically brings in $1,500 to $2,000. Attendance is generally around 200 people, but organizers expect a bigger crowd this year, Webb said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Kids 5 and under get in free. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the door.

The Harmony Roses Chorus is always on the look-out for new members, Webb said. The group practices at 7 p.m. every Thursday at Second Baptist Church, 605 S. 34th St., and the public is welcome to attend.

For more information or to buy a show ticket, contact Webb at 315-1626.