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Stone Mountain Chorus to perform in Duluth

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The Barbershop Quartet, Main Street is featured during Stone Mountain Chorus’ Fall Concert on Nov. 15 and 16. (Special Photo)

One of our region’s most well-loved organizations is the Stone Mountain Chorus, whose fall show always heralds the performing arts season with song. This year’s focus is on keeping the love light burning as a source of warmth, both physical and emotional, on many levels.

The chorus performs its fall program at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and at 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 16. All performances will be held at the Duluth First United Methodist Church located at 3208 Duluth Highway in Duluth.

“This production will feature music that brings to mind the joys of the winter season,” sais the group’s Public Relations Officer Mike Walsh. “In addition to a cozy collection of winter-themed favorite songs, there will be three chapter quartets featured, two co-headline groups and a closing tribute to our veterans.

The entire chorus will be lifting their voices in such seasonal favorites as “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm,” “Looks Like a Cold, Cold Winter,” “Let It Snow” and “Cuddle Up A Little Closer.”

The three chapter quartets are named “Up Front,” “Harmony Express” and “4 Bass Hit.”

“These groups will serve up a seasonal selection of songs including such favorites as ‘Winter Wonderland,’” Walsh said.

One co-headliner group is named “Main Street,” and they come to Atlanta from Orlando, Fla. All four members have been or are currently performers at Walt Disney World with the “Dapper Dans of Main St., USA.”

“They bring a high energy brand of traditional barbershop style entertainment that has made them an audience favorite everywhere they go,” Walsh said. “They earned a fourth place medal at the 2013 International Barbershop Convention in Toronto.”

The other co-headliner group is “A Mighty Wind” which hails from Atlanta. This performance will mark the debut of its new tenor, Tim Reynolds, a very experienced barbershop singer.

“This group brings a smooth, rich sound to the performance stage,” Walsh said. “They earned a third place medal in Toronto this year.”

The closing section of the concert dedicated to veterans will be a rousing musical salute to this special group. Songs will include a stirring rendition of “Homeward Bound,” and a medley of Armed Forces “fight songs.”

The Stone Mountain Chorus is holding its concerts this fall in the Duluth First UMC, a new venue for the group.

“The acoustics are ideal for the barbershop style of musical entertainment, and there is not a bad seat anywhere,” Walsh said. “The seating capacity is well over 800, including a spacious balcony.”

Tickets purchased in advance are $18 and all tickets purchased at the door are $20. Groups of 12 or more tickets, senior adults age 60 (and older), and full time students may take advantage of a $15 discounted ticket if purchased in advance.

Tickets can be ordered from the secure website at www.stonemountainchorus.org or by calling 770-978-8053. Tickets may also be purchased by any Stone Mountain Chorus member.

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