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ART BEAT: Stone Mountain chorus presents 'hodgepodge of harmony'

Special Photo. The quartet State Line Grocery will perform at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Special Photo. The quartet State Line Grocery will perform at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Friday the 13th will be a lucky day for those who thrill to the sound of a great barbershop chorus. Our area is fortunate to have one of the most respected groups in the country right on our doorsteps.

The Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus will present a "hodgepodge of harmony" at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 13 and again at 3 and 8:30 p.m. Nov. 14. All concerts will be in the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

"Veteran's Day is a perfect time to honor those who have served in our nation's armed forces," spokesman Michael Walsh said. "This year's program is filled with traditional barbershop harmony songs as well as other popular musical styles including bluegrass and gospel."

The 60 individuals who make up the Stone Mountain Barbershop Chorus will not be the only voices raising the rafters. The audience will also be entertained by chapter quartets, including the 2009 International Bronze Medalist Quartet State Line Grocery. The featured guest quartet is Crossroads, the 2009 International Quarter Champions and one of the most popular and talented quartets in the barbershop harmony world.

Tickets for reserved seats are $18 and all tickets purchased at the door are $20. Groups of 12 or more, senior adults 60 and over and full-time students have a $15 discounted advanced purchase ticket price for the 8:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday performances.

Tickets may be purchased from any Stone Mountain Chorus member. They may also be ordered from www.stonemountainchorus.org or by calling the chorus information line at 770-978-8053.

On the other side of the county, the organizers of the Norcross Arts Alliance have been busy while they await the confirmation of their 501C3 designation.

Said spokeswoman Elsie Porter, "Art is the foundation of any well developed community. Our Mission is to position Norcross as a destination for art and artists, to facilitate and support the performing and visual arts through funding and planning, and to establish continuous growth through promotions and increased awareness. The Norcross Arts Alliance is dedicated to transforming the artistic energy we imagine into a reality."

A "call to Artists and Creatives" occurred Monday with great success.

"Our Call to Artists was wonderfully successful," Porter said. "We shared information about new studio and small business space that is being created to help these microenterprises succeed. I have heard from over 35 interested people and the e-mails keep coming. We're about to schedule another Call to Artists. We're looking for artists, artisans and any small creative business that feel like Norcross is good fit for them."

Interested parties can e-mail elsie@elsieporter.com.

Holley Calmes is a freelance writer and public relations consultant specializing in the arts. E-mail her at hcalmes@mindspring.com.