Hearts of Harmony celebrates 10 years

A well-known local choir will host an upcoming concert to commemorate their 10th anniversary.

Hearts of Harmony – Central Alberta Ladies Sweet Adelines will be celebrating the milestone anniversary by presenting a show entitled ‘Heart & Soul’ on Feb. 25th at the Red Deer Memorial Centre. A special narration will combine well-known songs to create an interesting and enjoyable presentation from the Hearts of Harmony. Joining the Hearts will be the Red Deer’s Annie L. Gaetz school choir, and men’s quartet, ‘Trademark’, and ladies quartet, ‘Tune In!’

“This is an all ages and fun show. Anyone will enjoy it,” said Sheryl Brook, director of the chorus. “We will be singing love songs, soul music as well as gospel music.”

After organizing in 1993 with a group of approximately six ladies who were dedicated to singing four-part a cappella harmony, numbers consistently grew and Hearts of Harmony received their charter membership from Sweet Adelines International on Feb. 25th, 2002 – exactly 10 years to the day from their performance this year in 2012.

The group covers a lot of territory as they have approximately 35 members from Red Deer and surrounding area including Innisfail, Stettler, Sylvan Lake, Bashaw, Ferintosh, Clive, Lacombe, Olds and Carstairs. The ladies range in age from 30-80.

They rehearse every Monday evening and perform at various places throughout the year.

Brook, from Stettler, has been singing barbershop since 1979 and has directed various choruses since 1986. She took on the challenge of directing Hearts of Harmony in 2006. Her expertise and enthusiasm are invaluable to the chorus.

“We really do have all types of women from all walks of life,” said Brook. “We are always looking for new members to join. It is a auditioned chorus, but we are looking for normal voices that can sing accurately and for those interested in people and in singing.”

Tickets are $18 and are available from any Hearts of Harmony member or through the Central Alberta Theatre box office (4922 – 49 St.). Tickets can also be ordered online at www.ticketcentraloutlet.ca. They will also be available at the door.