Sunday marks the first day of December, and the Homestead Harmonizers are preparing the community to celebrate "The Reason for the Season."
The barbershop chorus recently performed some carols to get the community in the Christmas spirit during the Gage County courthouse lighting ceremony last weekend.
The Harmonizers’ 11th annual winter concert will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Hevelone Center for Performing Arts. Their four part harmonies, vintage-style singing lend to various different music styles including contemporary jazz, Broadway show tunes, gospel numbers, patriotic tunes and classic barbershop.
The group is about to celebrate 31 years of operation, as they were chartered to become a barbershop chorus by The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America on Dec. 12, 1988.
Harold Wright, a past president for the Harmonizers, said that since then, roughly 45 men travel from Johnson County, Pawnee County, Gage County, Lancaster County and northern Kansas nearly every Monday to rehearse in the First Presbyterian Church’s basement.
“It’s a great support group,” Wright said. “We have a lot of camaraderie, and we enjoy each other’s company. It’s a great stress reliever. Most of us have to work hard for our music to happen, so we forget anything else that happened in the day.”
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Other performances the Harmonizers participate in include singing in small groups at local churches, fairs and schools.
They also competed at the Central States District Chorus Finals in Lawrence, Kansas in October, where they placed eighth out of 15.
Wright said the Harmonizers received the second highest scores of their roughly 27 contest performances.
Tickets for their Sunday concert are $10, and people age 18 and under are free.
Wright said tickets are available at the door, through any Harmonizer or by messaging the “Homestead Harmonizers” Facebook page.