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Sweet Adelines a capella group celebrate 45 years

Sweet Adelines a cappella group

Sweet Adelines a cappella group

— The Champlain Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines will commemorate 45 years of harmony at a show reflectively titled “Celebrate” Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in the newly renovated Strand Theatre.

The festivities will include performances by veteran group members, including the performance of an original member.

President of the group, Carol Harsh said it will be symbolic to hold the celebration in the Strand Theatre.

“One of the groups earlier performances was in the Strand, so it will be wonderful to be on of the first onstage performances since the renovation with one of the groups original members,” Harsh said.

The group is made up of women from throughout the North Country including members from Reber, Elizabethtown, Plattsburgh, Chazy, and even across continental borders from Hemingford, Quebec.

The group sings primarily barbershop quartet music. Sweet Adelines Board member, Diane Sabourin, said barbershop singers and a capella music is primarily a male genre of music. Sabourin said it’s very fun for the women to get into their roles in the chorus and hope to show people in the community how versatile a capella music can be.

Earlier that day, the chorus is sponsoring an all-day a cappella workshop, “Sweet Expectations,” for young women to be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Plattsburgh. Harsh said young women ages 12 to 25 will learn about four-part a cappella barbershop-style singing from Ken Hughes and experienced clinicians.

Following the day’s workshop, the young women will have the opportunity to perform the pieces learned and help the Champlain Valley Chorus celebrate musical harmony that evening at the Strand Theater. To round out the evening of a cappella singing Northern Adirondack Vocal Ensemble (NAVE) and two Sweet Adeline Quartets -Notes of Accord and the Meter Maids-will join the program.

“It’s going to be great to see new young singers with our established singers,” Harsh said.

Tickets are on sale at Edys, General Trading Company, Plattsburgh Mail and Shipping Center, and Ultra Wave in Plattsburgh and Peru Health Mart in Peru. Tickets will also be sold at the door.

Prices are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For more information, contact Sabourin at 518-846-8377.

The Sweet Adelines rehearse every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at the North Country Alliance Church, 7 Northern Ave.

“We are always open to new members to join us,” Harsh said.

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