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Boogie down with the Peninsula Men’s Chorus

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Sequim Gazette staff

For their annual concert series, the Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus, formerly The Strait Men, are breaking out the goodies with the oldies.

“Juke Box Live!” features songs “Come Go With Me,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “Swinging On a Star,” “Silhouettes” and more favorites.  

The men’s chorus will sing two shows at 2 p.m. and 7:07 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Sequim High School auditorium, 601 N. Sequim Ave.

Rich Wyatt, chorus show chairman, said they moved the concert this year to the school to better present their blend of a cappella barbershop, doo-wop and pop music.

“(The chorus) will be taking you back to those songs you used to play on the malt shop jukebox before your iPhone, iPod and Droid were invented,” Wyatt said.

The ensemble Dungeness Transfer and quartet HVQ are scheduled to perform as well. 

Aspire! from the Sweet Adeline International Organization, the Grand Olympic Chorus, are guest quartet performers for the show along with headliner guest quartet and award-winning group ACME A Cappella from Wenatchee.  

Wyatt said the chorus performed a Christmas concert with the Sweet Adelines at Trinity United Methodist that was successful and they intend to do it again this year. While preparing that show, they’ve been practicing “Juke Box Live!” since the summer.

Richard Stephens, a Peninsula theater actor, will host the festivities. He also plays the part of “Marmaduke,” who while enjoying his new Smurlitzer jukebox, is lamenting his long lost love Mary Lou.  
The Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus is made up of men from across the peninsula and is directed by Judie Sharpe. They rehearse every Tuesday night at the Monterra community clubhouse between Port Angeles and Sequim. 

A guest night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, at the Monterra clubhouse, for men interested in joining the chorus with no requirement to be able to read music.

More information is available at www.opmenschorus.com or on Facebook.

Tickets for the upcoming shows are available at Fricks and The Buzz in Sequim and Port Book and News and The Itty Bitty Buzz in Port Angeles, by calling 582-1405 and at the door.

General admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door and reserved seats are $12 in advance and $14 at the door.

 

Olympic Peninsula Men’s Chorus is a nonprofit with ticket sales paying for music, show costs, uniforms, scholarships for local musicians and to offset costs for shows to groups who might not  be able to afford a performance.

 

 

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