Music sung without accompaniment

August 11, 2014


Thank You Gloria Gossard

photoSAN MARCOS — It’s been a longtime tradition for the Music Men Chorus to go out in the community for Valentine’s Day and sing. They call their gig “singing valentines.” Groups of four men form barbershop quartets and sing harmony music.

The Music Men Chorus of the Palomar Pacific Chapter of Barbershop Singers mark their 62nd year.

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The Music Men Chorus of the Palomar Pacific Chapter of Barbershop Singers mark their 62nd year.

They’ll come and serenade wherever they’re called. Their repertoire ranges from popular classics, Broadway tunes and patriotic music to Gospel and religious music, often bringing tears to their audience.

“The music is timeless and sung without accompaniment, ” said member Tom Redler.

The Music Men chorus has been performing around North County for more than six decades as part of the Palomar Pacific Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

“The charm of singing this style of music, whether in a quartet or in a chorus is it’s unique voicing a cappella style, ” said Fallbrook native Jack Story, 81, one of the original Music Men members.

The men’s chorus, now in its 62nd year, had its beginnings in Fallbrook in 1954 and is affiliated with the International Barbershop Harmony Society based in Nashville, Tenn. It was originally known as the Avocado Empire Chapter, but changed its name to Palomar Pacific when its weekly rehearsal meetings moved to the more densely populated area to the south.

“My favorite part of being in the chorus is the harmony and bonding between the members when they blend their voices in song. My closest new friends are from the Music Men Chorus, ” Redler said.

The Music Men has 33 members and meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the San Marcos Senior Center, 111 Richmar Ave. The group is open to men of all ages and visitors are welcome.

“It has offered me so much enjoyment over the years that I can’t imagine living without it, ” Story said. “We offer ourselves to the community as entertainment which is one of our reasons for being.”

For information about Valentine’s Day quartets performing personalized greetings for loved ones, email themusicmenchorus@gmail.com or call (760) 294-6116.

Source: www.sandiegouniontribune.com
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