Barbershop Harmony Society to serve 75 Birthday Cakes Downtown April 11
Mayor declares “Barbershop Harmony Week” in Nashville April 7-13, 2013
In a world where there is too little harmony and never too much cake, the Barbershop Harmony Society invites Nashvillians to enjoy plenty of both. They’ll be serving up seventy-five birthday cakes, accompanied by sweet, smooth a cappella harmony from strolling barbershop quartets to celebrate the Society’s 75th Birthday on Thursday, April 11. The party will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Arcade, 244 5th Avenue North. Mayor Karl Dean will present a proclamation declaring the week of April 7 – 13 Barbershop Harmony Week in Nashville at 12:00 noon.
The party commemorates the historic night of April 11, 1938, when a friendly gathering of twenty-six singers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, launched a worldwide movement that would eventually encompass tens of thousands across the globe. Cheekily named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, the Society today is the largest all-male singing society in the world.
In 2007, seeking to strengthen its ties to the music industry, the Society moved its headquarters to 110 7th Avenue North in downtown Nashville, where a giant replica of Norman Rockwell’s iconic Barbershop Quartet painting has become a familiar downtown landmark. “We want to say ‘Thank you’ to our many industry partners for welcoming us to the Nashville music scene,” says Marty Monson, CEO and Executive Director. International barbershop conventions here in 2001 and 2008 continue to focus the barbershop world’s attention on Music City, USA, and more than 8,000 guests are expected return for the 2016 convention.
The Nashville celebration is a part of a nationwide commemoration that day. Current quartet champions Ringmasters will open the day with an appearance on NBC’s TODAY Show, and similar proclamations will be delivered by governors and provincial premiers throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Among the quartets singing will be members of two of the Top Ten quartets in the world, TNS and Lunch Break, as well as 7th and Broadway, all from Nashville’s own Music City Chorus, a 60-man a cappella chorus which placed 7th in world competition at the 2012 Convention. ____
About the Barbershop Harmony Society: Founded in 1938 in Tulsa, Okla., the Barbershop Harmony Society (originally named the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Incorporated - SPEBSQSA) is the largest all-male singing organization in the world with nearly 24,000 members, including 1500 quartets in 800 chapters. Another 4,000 Barbershoppers are members of affiliated organizations in Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand, Spain, South Africa and Sweden. The Society is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and is home to the Old Songs Library, the world’s largest privately held collection of sheet music, containing 750,000 sheets and over 250,000 titles from the heyday of Tin Pan Alley. The Society serves as a repository for barbershop memorabilia, early recordings, costumes, research materials, and historical documents tracing the roots of the barbershop style. www.barbershop.org. Follow the Barbershop Harmony Society on Twitter, Facebook (www.facebook.com/barbershopharmonysociety) and YouTube.
About barbershop style a cappella music: Barbershop harmony is a uniquely American musical art form. It is known for its four-part harmony and the “expanded sound” created by its consonance, unique chord structure and vocal placement.