Jamestown Harmony Express To Celebrate Barbershop History

Seventy-five years of barbershop harmony will be celebrated in this year’s annual show of the Jamestown Harmony Express on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Lucille Ball Little Theatre.

Tickets are $10 presale and $12 at the door and are available from all chorus members, King’s Heating, Brigiotta’s Farmland or the Barbershop Hotline at 789-5248.

It all started in Tulsa, Okla. in 1938 when Mr. O.C. Cash invited a group of business acquaintances together to sing four-part harmony.

It has since spread across the nation and into foreign countries and now has a membership of nearly 30,000, the largest men’s singing association in the world.

Barbershop singing is truly an American art form. It started with those old-time classics but today the music is much hotter and its reach is much broader.

The theme of the show centers on the local barbershop where barbershop singing flourished.

That’s where those harmony chords reverberated and that’s where barbershopping gained its popularity.

Jamestown Harmony Express just celebrated its 27th anniversary with a performance tour to Washington, D.C. The chorus is under the direction of director Davis Lewis and 25 men will be on the risers for the show. Guest performers will include Ron McIntire, pianist; Razz Rasmusson, clarinetist; Lida Roses Quartet and JAM, second-place-winning quartet in the recent Seneca Land District competition.