The Mainely Music Chorus of Bangor is coming to Newport on Saturday, May 18th, to perform a special concert of harmonious, toe-tapping barbershop music in memory of the late Wade Richardson, a former member from Plymouth. The talented group is made up of approximately thirty-two male members. “Out on a Whim,” a ladies choral group from Waterville, will be joining the event with their own performance. The public is invited to the 2 PM event at the Sebasticook Valley Middle School, 337 Williams Road in Newport. All proceeds will go to provide scholarships for area youth who are planning to attend Harmony Explosion Camp Northeast 2013.
Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if bought in advance at the Newport Cultural Center on Main Street, the Sebasticook Valley Credit Union on Moosehead Trail, the Sebasticook Valley Chamber of Commerce Information Center in the Walmart parking lot or from any GFWC Newport Woman’s Club member.
Barbershop singing is a style of a cappella vocal music, songs done without any instrumental back-up or fill-in sound. Sung in tight four-part harmony by either men or women, the lead voice typically sings the melody and is accompanied by the tenor, who harmonizes above the melody, the bass who sings the lowest harmonizing notes, with the baritone completing the chord, usually below the lead. According to the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), "Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.” Traditionally, barbershoppers sing old-fashioned, feel-good songs.
Call 368-5691 for more information about the event.