Silver Statesmen Celebrate Anniversary with Tour
The Silver Statesman Chorus and Barbershop Quartets will showcase the history of their organization, the barbershop and chorus genres and music during “Celebrate Harmony,” a performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 11 at the Winchester Cultural Center, 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. With nearly 80 men on the roster, the Silver Statesmen are stopping at Winchester Cultural Center as part of a four venue city tour marking the 75th anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show and can be purchased at the front desk or online at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parksregistration.
Once divided, the Las Vegas chapter of the National Barbershop Harmony Society has reconnected and combined their artistic forces as the Silver Statesmen, which includes a large men’s chorus and several barbershop quartets.
Jim Halvorson, director, has led the chorus to competition in California where the group was awarded the Plateau A Chorus Championship in their division. They will compete in October in Bakersfield, Calif. At the Far Western District Championship where they will compete against choruses from Arizona, California, Nevada, Southern Utah and Hawaii. 95 North, one of the Silver Statesmen quartets, won the Far Western District Championship in 2012.
All groups are volunteer-based and known for their thrilling, close harmonies and commitment to musical excellence. Proud to perform and preserve the unique sound of barbershop harmony, the Silver Statesmen also sings a broad repertoire of other music styles. The chorus also provides vocal, music and performance educational opportunities as well as the Youth in Harmony program in the Las Vegas Valley and Southern Nevada.
The chorus, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization, is self-sustaining through gifts, performance fees, ticket sales and other fundraising activities. The Silver Statesmen is open to men of all ages who can attend rehearsals at 7 p.m. each Thursday at Christ the King Community Church, 4925 S. Torrey Pines Drive.
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Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.