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January 3, 2013
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'Sequins on Parade' performance comes to Grand Junction

There's something poignant about the sound and blend of voices singing, unaccompanied by the sound of an instrument.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - You can listen to a cappella harmonies Saturday, Jan. 12 when the Sweet Adelines Grand Mesa Chorus presents its major show of the year: "Sequins on Parade, Coming to a Town Near You," at Colorado Mesa University's Robinson Theatre.

Sweet Adelines International has chapters all over the world - including in Sweden, Japan and New Zealand.

"They all sing in English, without an accent," Grand Mesa Chorus member Sue Chapman said.

The local chorus is a four-part (base, baritone, lead and tenor) a cappella group in the barbershop style.

"The Barbershop style is a traditional American art form invented by men in the early 1900s," Chapman said. "Then, women got a hold of it and perfected it."

Grand Mesa Chorus will be joined by special guests - the Bookcliff Barbershop Chorus, the Elixir quartet and Ken Dravis, who will sing John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High," and a Colorado medley.

An Orchard Avenue Elementary School children's chorus will also perform, accompanied on banjo by their music teacher, Carol Cowgill.

Two Grand Mesa Chorus scholarship winners, Adrienne Bargsten and Olivia Christensen, will also each sing a song.

Established in 1964, the Grand Mesa Chorus rehearses every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

"We do oldies, rock and roll, blues - we sing anything we want to," Chapman said.

And, they're looking for new members - "if you can carry a tune and you're willing to learn," Chapman said. "It's fun. You get 30 sisters immediately."

And, "every week there's a singing lesson," to prepare for spring competitions within a seven-state region.

"We bring in international coaches as much as we can afford it," for Friday night and all-day Saturday coaching sessions. "You really learn a lot."

The Grand Mesa Chorus also performs "two-dozen sing-outs around Christmastime" at nursing homes, assisted living centers, and for civic groups, Chapman said.

"We'll take any opportunity to sing," she said.

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