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Rutland's Curbstone Chorus keeps a capella sound alive

RUTLAND-Rutland's Curbstone Chorus has been dazzling area audiences for years. It's no wonder the group is ranked in the top 10 of local entertainment draws. You can enjoy the group's first performance of the spring season on Saturday, March 26, at Ludlow Town Hall in Ludlow.

The all-male a capella program will begin at 7 p.m. courtesy of Friends of Ludlow Audjitoriu). The evening will include songs from traditional barbershop, Broadway classics, show tunes, and doo-wop, and more.

Established in 2005, the Curbstone Chorus has become a gem in Rutland's musical arena. Part of the international Barbershop Harmony Society, it is made up of 30 men from Rutland and other nearby towns who are from diverse professions and age groups, joined together by the common passion for singing a cappella barbershop harmony and sharing its music with others.

In 2007, the Curbstone Chorus captured both the Best Group and the Best Overall Performance awards in the United Way's Really Big Show at Rutland's Paramount Theater.

In the short time that the Curbstone Chorus has been around, it has entertained audiences in Rutland and Castleton, in Killington and Rochester, in Burlington, Brandon, Poultney and other towns in Vermont and some in New York, such as Ticonderoga and Granville. Several of the performances were as part of those towns' summer music series.

The chorus has also performed in parades in Brandon, Poultney. This August the men will be in Rupert's 250th celebration parade.

The chorus is best known for its appearances at Castleton State College football games and hockey games. Members have a busy schedule at Christmas time and all summer long.

Each fall the Curbstone Chorus presents its Curbstone Annual Show. Guest choruses and quartets from around New England area have performed at the show.

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