Monday, July 4, 2005

Noted Increase In Barbershop Quartets

KENOSHA, Wis. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Barbershop quartet music is striking a chord with more singers these days.

That’s according to Joe Liles, a spokesman for the Barbershop Harmony Society based in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The Society is preparing for its week-long annual Harmony College which starts July 31. It’s a place where enthusiasts can take 50 different classes involving barbershop music.

Already, 500 students have signed up for the event, and Liles expects more because Barbershop singing is experiencing a resurgence due to a growing interest in a cappella singing among college men.

Barbershop music isn’t just singing oldies like “Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie.” Liles says modern quartets sing current songs such as “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” from The Lion King.

But while barbershop always has its foot in the modern era, Liles admits “you can’t do barbershop rap because “it’s more speech than melody.”

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