Harvest of Harmony

Harvest of Harmony

Offers Men in Concert featuring The Sentimental Journeymen, Polk State Men’s Ensemble, and The Boardwalk Quartet.

Shows are November 8th at 2pm and 7pm. Get additional details and tickets by clicking here.

Musical instruments will be rare at “Harvest of Harmony,” the annual concert of the Sentimental Journeymen Chorus. The ensembles involved in the show normally sing without accompaniment and just enjoy the effort it takes to meld four different voice parts into a satisfying and harmonious whole. The style is called barbershop harmony and recalls an earlier era when men with time on their hands joined with each other to sing in barbershops, churches, lodge halls and taverns largely for their own amusement.

The Sentimental Journeymen will showcase the style in two performances on November 8th at the Chain-O’-Lakes Theater in Winter Haven (Theatre Winter Haven). The show features the Chorus as well as the Polk State College Men’s Ensemble and headliners Boardwalk, a quartet based in Atlanta. They promise good singing and a chuckle or two in the two hours of performance. “And Boardwalk will give you some of the best laughs you have had in a long time,” says Dick Shaw, Chairman of the show.

The Sentimental Journeymen have produced annual performances each year for five years and have entertained throughout Polk County at community events and private functions. “It’s the payoff for the rehearsal we do on a weekly basis,” said Shaw. Chapter meetings are characterized by musical instruction performed by director Michael Smith, and engaging activities involving the hobby. “A new group of songs is typically learned each year to provide fresh entertainment for our audiences,” said Shaw.

The Polk State Men’s Ensemble under the direction of Professor John Anderson has recently been added to the growing program at the college. Professor Anderson has introduced four part a cappella to the men and they have found the style intriguing and easy to adopt. They also sing more typical choir selections that challenge the students and provide good entertainment.

Boardwalk is a new quartet made up of accomplished barbershop singers re-formed into a new ensemble. They sometimes enhance their performance with a string bass and banjo or guitar on rhythm tunes. They were audience favorites at the recent Labor Day Jamboree that barbershoppers hold in Orlando every September.

The show will be anchored by County Commissioner Todd Dantzler as Master of Ceremonies.

Ticket information and details about this performance can be found at www.sentimentaljourneymen.com.

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