Singing for a crowd

March 30, 2015

Weekly rehearsals paid dividends Sunday afternoon for the Coles County Barbershop Chorus. Payment wasn’t in a financial way, as the offering from the organization’s 20th annual Lenten Concert was divided among local charities.
Rather, payment came in the form a robust audience that dented the spacious sanctuary of the First Baptist Church in Mattoon. No doubt the barbershop group enjoys its rehearsals and the fellowship that is part of a weekly, weeknight evening. But a big event like the Lenten concert, one of the best attended events of the year for the group, is a way for members to showcase the hard work they put in behind the scenes throughout the year. So performing to an appreciate audience is valued recognition.
The south parking lot at the church off South Ninth Street in Mattoon was full. People from throughout the area made a point to include this event as part of their weekend.
They weren’t disappointed. For more than an hour, the group featured different quartet combinations to lead a variety of songs, including female voices in the final four selections.

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