The Newfangled Four, a barbershop quartet based in Southern California, will perform at Surrey’s Bell Performing Arts Centre during a pair of Sing! concerts hosted by Westcoast Harmony Chorus, on Saturday, Oct. 19. (Photo: newfangledfour.com/Shawn York)

MUSIC

Barbershop groups ready to ‘Sing!’ at two Surrey concerts

Westcoast Harmony Chorus to host The Newfangled Four and others Oct. 19 at Bell theatre

An award-winning barbershop quartet from Southern California is among musical guests when Surrey-based Westcoast Harmony Chorus hosts a pair of local concerts this month.

The men of The Newfangled Four will hit the stage at Bell Performing Arts Centre during the Sing! concerts on Saturday, Oct. 19, first at 2 p.m. and again at 7.

The concerts are good reason to sing for Westcoast Harmony Chorus, which rehearses at Parkland Baptist Church on Wednesday evenings, in the Guildford area.

“Every second year we travel to Sweet Adelines (an annual convention) to compete, so in the off years we hold a show, and this is it,” explained Joyce Gram, the choir’s communications co-ordinator.

“Our last show was in 2015, and that was our 50th anniversary of the chorus, so it’s 2019 and it’s time to do another show. This time, unlike the last time, we have two shows in one day.”

The Newfangled Four quartet, which features tenor Joey Buss, lead Jackson Niebrugge, bass Jake Tickner and baritone Ryan Wisniewski, has won several awards, including the 2013 International Collegiate Barbershop Quartet Championship and a sixth-place showing among international quartets in 2018.

“They’re very popular, and very entertaining,” Gram said of the foursome, who’ll perform 35-minute sets at the Oct. 19 concerts.

The 7 p.m. show will also feature Young Singers in Harmony for a couple of songs, following two days of workshops organized by Patti Thorpe at Langley Secondary School, where she works as music director. In 2016 Thorpe was the first winner of the Canadian Music Educator Award given by Sweet Adelines International.

“Every year we hold the workshops for young women, but this time we opened it up to young men as well,” Gram explained. “So they’re in a workshop Friday night and also on Saturday, and they’ll perform at our evening show that day, after working on the songs. The number (of workshop participants) might be as high as 40 by the time the concert rolls around.”

To register for the workshop, for a fee of $40 that includes lunch, dinner and snacks during the Saturday session, visit westcoastsings.com/node/14754.

• RELATED STORY: Surrey chorus tunes up for Sweet Adelines International gathering in St. Louis, from 2018.

Tickets for the Sing! concerts at the Bell are available at bellperformingartscentre.sd36.bc.ca, or call 604-507-6355. Ticket prices range from $15 to $35, depending on age and concert time.

At this time last year, the 60-plus members of Westcoast Harmony Chorus prepared for a mid-October trip to St. Louis for Sweet Adelines International’s 72nd annual convention. The chorus won a regional competition in 2017 to earn its trip to the international gathering of close to 10,000 female singers.

In 2013, Westcoast was named the best mid-sized chorus of its kind in the world.



tom.zillich@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram and follow Tom on Twitter

Just Posted

Body still inside Surrey building two days after fire due to structural concerns

RCMP, fire investigations delayed ‘until the site is declared safe’

Lower turnout for Langley’s voters in 2019

Early voting was up compared to 2015

B.C.’s best wheelchair curling teams to compete in Cloverdale this winter

The province is home to some of the world’s most decorated wheelchair curlers

Game-worn rugby jerseys auctioned in Surrey club’s ‘Ruck for the Cure’ fundraiser

Benefit for cancer society at Sullivan Heights Park and Beaverlodge clubhouse Saturday

OUR VIEW: Foreigners need to butt out of our elections

Canadians don’t need outsiders to tell us who to vote for

VIDEO: Is the stethoscope dying? High-tech options pose threat

World-renowned cardiologist believes the device is just a pair of ‘rubber tubes’

Beers on the job, smacking crotches: 10 police misconduct probes in B.C.

Recent report by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner highlights a number of investigations

Seizure of cannabis edibles, including mac-and-cheese, prompt warning from B.C. RCMP

Potato chips, cheesecake and candy infused with cannabis also seized back in August

B.C. parents sue city and province in 12-year-old daughter’s drowning at lake

Beverly Park drowned at Rotary Lake in Dawson Creek in August 2016

VIDEO: Chill with polar bears through an Arctic live cam

Cam reopens just ahead of Polar Bear Week

UPDATE: Charges pending after two teens pepper sprayed at Port Coquitlam high school

Mounties are still working to determine exactly how many youth were involved

Aquilini companies deny negligence in U.S. vineyard fire that killed two kids

Fire occurred at Red Mountain Vineyard, located in southeast Washington State

Former Kelowna Hells Angels associate could be deported, court rules

David Revell has lost his fight against deportation from Canada

Most Read