"One Hundred Years Ago. . .Or So"
This show has great old-timey tunes with a few transcendent show-stoppers inside a light-hearted look at the Roaring Twenties and the early 20th Century. We will be featuring the 2018 International Quartet Champion, AFTER HOURS. Also on our show is the great local vocal band, THE JAYBIRDS. Show Date: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 Show Times: 2:00PM and 7:00PM Place: Bremerton Performing Arts Center (Bremerton High School) 1500 W 13th Street, Bremerton, WA Tickets: CLICK HERE for online tickets, also, call 360-337-7464, or contact a member of the chorus.
Few of us were alive in the era of the early 1900's. Yet, don't we all have some notion of life during those times? Most folks don't realize it was a period of rapid change in industry, science, culture, fashion, and yes, music. Some might say that 1927, the culmination of that era, was the most significant year in American culture.
West Sound Chorus takes a look at life as it was “100 years ago, or so.” There's no time machine with cavemen and monks, as with last year's show “It's About Time!”, just a nostalgic musical revue of life in the early 20th Century. It was old-fashioned patriotism in simpler times and new-fangled culture: flappers, dappers, movie stars, and gangsters. It was the heyday of Barbershop style of music. West Sound Chorus serves up some old-timey tunes and some recent compositions reflecting the times of the early 1900's. All in Barbershop four-part harmony. It is a story of romance, and it briefly touches on the bloodiest of all wars.
Award-winning West Sound Chorus features 25 dedicated men of all backgrounds and ages. They are led by director Mike Menefee, well known musician and educator in Kitsap. Featured is The Jaybirds quartet, a favorite local vocal band. Also, the International Champion Quartet, After Hours, headlines the show.
West Sound Chorus literally goes to great lengths to bring the very best Barbershop talent to Kitsap County. In past years, the annual show has featured Ringmasters from Sweden, Signature from Florida, and other quartets from around the United States. This year's headliner, After Hours, is from Illinois.
After Hours -- best Barbershop Quartet in history! Well, it could be argued! After Hours achieved the highest score of any quartet in the 72-year history of the International Competition in July 2018. If you want to see why, you'll have to come check them out at this show. The International Barbershop Quartet Contest has some of the highest trained judges anywhere, and the most equitable scoring of any talent contest in the world. By the way, Signature (runner-up last year's show headliner) won the contest this July and still didn't reach After Hours' record score. West Sound Chorus is proud to present the best year-after-year.
It is important to note: After Hours may never appear in the Western United States again. We have an exclusive engagement with them as they tour the year after their Gold Medal performance. They do not have any other shows scheduled in the west for the foreseeable future.
After Hours is an energetic foursome of young talented men. Tim Beutel sings tenor, Drew Ochoa sings lead, Dan Wessler is the bass, and Brian Ziegler is on baritone. All have masters degrees in music and/or education. When not touring they are conducting and teaching different choral groups, and Drew lives in Orlando, Florida, where he works at Disney World as a member of the Voices of Liberty in Epcot.
[Side note: Main Street, our headliner in 2016 and International Champion, were all Dapper Dan performers at Disney at one time, and their lead singer, Tony DeRosa, is still heavily involved with the entertainment at Disney World in Florida. Chuck Rogiers has a connection with them, and Chuck is often requested to arrange Barbershop music for the Disney performances. Who is Chuck Roegiers? He is Assistant Director to Mike Menefee, resident West Sound Chorus script writer, music arranger, and he is often totally bizarre on stage.]
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