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New-wave barbershop singers perform
Four-part a cappella harmony will be featured tonight at Steel Lake Presbyterian Church in Federal Way when the womens quartet Unplugged hosts its annual Quartet Extravaganza.
The harmonizing will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 at the door.
Unplugged, the ninth-place finalist in an international quartet competition in Nashville, Tenn. last November, designed tonights program to highlight the musical genres diversity. Other mens and womens quartets include By Request, Rain City Slickers, Checkmate, FlashPoint, Rush Hour, Onyx, Vivace, Sugartime, Night Flight and Splash. They hail from Vancouver, B.C., Spokane and the Olympic Peninsula, among other areas.
Organizers said this isnt your grandfathers barbershop-style music. Quartets of women, mixed quartets and octets, small and large ensembles or choruses have joined the traditional male quartets in the challenging and uniquely American sound, barbershop afficionados note.
Striped vests and handlebar mustaches have given way to sequins, choreography and new tunes reworked in a cappella.
Lead singer Julie Hagstrom, Teresa McCafferty (tenor) and Anna Chamberlain (baritone), all from the Puget Sound area, and Judy Pozsgay (bass) of Vancouver, form Unplugged. Last year, they were regional champions of Region 13 in the Sweet Adelines International competition and placed second in Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes. Theyll enter another international sing-off Sept. 19 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Hagstroms daughter, Megan, recently auditioned her way into her mothers home chorus, Pacific Sound in Seattle, and will be featured tonight in a new quartet.