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Chordsmen celebrate 41 years with American songs

The Flightline Quartet will be a part of the High Mountain Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus’ 41st anniversary celebration and will lead a workshop for youths from area high schools at the college.  (Courtesy photo)

The Flightline Quartet will be a part of the High Mountain Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus’ 41st anniversary celebration and will lead a workshop for youths from area high schools at the college. (Courtesy photo)

It's been 41 years for the High Mountain Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus, who are celebrating the milestone with a special concert at the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 1100 E. Sheldon St. Presented by Folk Sessions, the performance is at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 7 and will also include the Flightline Quartet, Song of the Pines Chorus and the Real Men Sing! Youth Chorus.

With the theme "Spectacular America," the concert will feature many familiar Americana type songs, Folk Sessions Director Tom Agostino said. But there will also be some that are a little more modern, he said, noting Flightline will most likely do their own eclectic set. Alhough the annual concert is usually in November, it's not always themed around American music, he added.

"They try each year to give it a theme," he said, noting that the chorus member who comes up with the year's theme recently celebrated his 83rd birthday. "He usually comes up with a theme that means something to him."

Tickets are $20 and available online at www.ycpac.com, www.highmountainchordsmen.org, by calling 928-776-2000 or at the door.

But one of the groups won't just be singing, Agostino said. On Saturday morning, Flightline Quartet will lead a workshop for youths from area high schools at the college. The participants will learn close harmony songs and perform as the Real Men Sing! Youth Chorus.

A special Afterglow Pizza Party will follow the concert, Agostino said. The show's performers will sing along with quartets from the audience. Agostino said it's a barbershop tradition and costs $5.

Agostino spoke of the majesty that comes with the barbershop genre, singing without any accompaniment.

"It's so American ... a glimpse into something special," he said. "It's not a genre of music embraced by the youth."

For more information, visit www.highmountainchordsmen.org.

By Jason Wheeler. Follow reporter Jason Wheeler on Twitter @PrescottWheels. Reach him at 928-445-3333 ext. 2037 or at 928-642-5277.