Barbershop quartet to headline Saturday performance in Prescott
The Newfangled Four, 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Champions, will headline "Sing! Sing! Sing! You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet" on Saturday at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.
The performance will also feature the High Mountain Chordsmen Chorus, Antique Parts Barbershop Quartet, Silver Sounds Barbershop Quartet and the Real Men Sing! Youth Chorus.
The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $16 for students. To get tickets, call the YCPAC box office at 928-776-2000, visit www.ycpac.com or www.highmountainchordsmen.org.
For the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society's international convention last summer, The Newfangled Four snatched the collegiate quartet championship. In October they became the 2013 Far Western District Quartet Champions. This past July, they placed 16th in the International Quartet Contest and received the Dealer's Choice Award for being the highest scoring debut quartet of the year.
The Newfangled Four, which includes tenor Joey Buss, lead Jackson Niebrugge, baritone Ryan Wisniewski and bass Jake Tickner, quickly bonded through their involvements with not just the Westminster Chorus and Masters of Harmony, but also through their commitments in leading a local youth barbershop chorus to prominence. Each with their own levels of musical and barbershop experience, it didn't take long for this quartet to start building a repertoire of challenging, yet exciting arrangements.
"We haven't spent a lot of time with coaches," Buss said, "because singing with the chorus every week is like a clinic in barbershop excellence."
The High Mountain Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, Prescott chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, has been present in the Prescott area since 1974. In 2013 the chorus was honored at the annual Buckey Awards as one of the area's premier performing artists! Well over 100 men have joined with their friends over the years, singing for fun, fellowship and community service - performing in the chorus and in numerous Barbershop quartets.
The morning of the show at Yavapai College, The Newfangled Four will conduct a morning a cappella workshop for young men called Real Men Sing! Participants will learn some close harmony songs and then perform on stage during the afternoon show. Real Men Sing! is co-hosted by Yavapai College and made possible with partial funding from the Yavapai County Community Foundation and the J.S. Acker Music Park Association.