Evening of Harmony set for Aug. 2

During a 2016 Evening of Harmony performance, the Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus (white shirts) and Great Lakes Chorus took the stage together to combine their vocal talents. (Courtesy photo/Marilyn Stolberg)

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BIG RAPIDS — Area residents looking for an evening of music, wine and appetizers may be interested in “A Summer Evening of Harmony” on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at Artworks.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a reception of wine and light refreshments, with the musical performances beginning at 7 p.m. at 106 N. Michigan Ave., Big Rapids. Featured acts include The Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus; the award-winning Great Lakes Chorus, from Grand Rapids; the award-winning quartet The Upper Deck; and performance art by the nationally ranked juggler, Will Oltman. Oltman has performed at ArtPrize and many other venues.

With limited seating available, audiences will be able to enjoy the show from close to the performers. Tickets are available for purchase from members of the Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus, at The Painted Turtle Gift Shop and Gallery or online at eventbrite.org.

The Canadian Lakes Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Aaron Tabor, sings a mix of doo-wop, gospel, sea-shanties, Broadway and many other styles to keep the performance upbeat and memorable. Audience members will be tempted to sing along to songs like “This Land is Your Land” and ”The Water is Wide.”

The Great Lakes Chorus is Michigan’s premier barbershop chorus. They are the current Michigan champions and for three years in a row represented the state at the international competition. They have just returned from a record-breaking performance this summer in Las Vegas.

While still keeping the traditional four-part barbershop harmony, the chorus presents many songs in the popular style including “Happy Together,” “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” “The Cup Song” from Pitch Perfect and “You Raise Me Up.” The Great Lakes Chorus prides itself on perfectly tuned a cappella harmony.

The Great Lakes Chorus is directed by Jamie Carey, a 1980 graduate of Big Rapids High School. Carey earned his music degree from Central Michigan University and his master’s degree from Michigan State University. He and his wife live in Cadillac with their two children.

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