Not much can be done about the weather, really, so the Heartland Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is going to do something else. They’re going to sing about the weather in their annual spring concert June 13.
“Like singing in the rain?”
“Actually that’s not one of the songs on the list,” said Gary Absher, a member of the Heartland Harmonizers. “There’s lots of rain songs, you know, and we’ll be singing about 10 songs, all about the weather.”
In fact, that’s the name of the show — “It’s All About the Weather.”
This year’s show is scheduled for 6:59 p.m. (and chorus members have asked that people please synchronize their watches) June 13, and it will be held in the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center at Brownwood High School. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the door.
The show will include the about 30-minute 10-song performance from the 12-member chorus, directed by Dr. Derek Smith. And there will be a special guest quartet, Vocal Fusion from San Angelo.
“Those guys are so good,” Absher said. “They’ll have a really nice performance.”
And after the show, the Harmonizers will adjourn to Prima Pasta in Early for an “afterglow performance.”
“An afterglow’s sort of a show after the show, we’ll sing some more, and people can come and order their meals. It’s fun. We really let our hair down and have a good time. Everyone’s invited.”
Though the Harmonizers are frequently referred to as a barbershop quartet, members politely explain there are too many of them to be called a quartet. The confusion as to who they are and what they do comes from the fact that the Harmonizers sing a barbershop-style four-part harmony.
As a barbershop-style singing group, the Harmonizers are affiliated with a group whose acronym uses about half the letters in the alphabet — The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA), and is dedicated to sharing four-part (bass, baritone, lead and tenor) a capella (unaccompanied) vocal music in the barbershop style.
A core group of the Heartland Harmonizers was originally inspired to form a men’s a capella singing group after hearing the Twin Mountain Tonesmen in San Angelo. The group got its charter with the SPEBSQSA in August 1992 with the San Angelo group as its sponsor.
The group practices each Monday at The First Christian Church, 2411 Coggin Ave., Brownwood. For information call (325) 201-4718.
Those who aren’t late arrive promptly at 6:44 p.m. — rain or shine, or whatever the weather.