One of Sarnia-Lambton’s iconic music groups, the Bluewater Chordsmen, is taking to the stage of the Imperial Theatre this Sunday afternoon for a 2 p.m. show.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the Imperial Theatre box office or online at www.imperialtheatre.net.
The Sarnia Bluewater Chordsmen are a group of about 30 men who get together for the pure joy of singing and entertaining in the barbershop style.
Barbershop harmony is a unique style of unaccompanied singing in which four distinct voices harmonize. The lead usually sings the melody; the tenor harmonizes above the melody; the bass sings the lowest level harmonizing notes and the baritone provides the in-between notes. The final result is pure harmony.
The chorus and its quartets are very active in the community, making appearances at local churches, community events, fundraisers, schools, and nursing homes among other venues. The group also routinely performs at the Lambton County Music Festival.
To fund its programs and charities the Bluewater Chordsmen offer Singing Valentines, and put on a Annual Benefit Christmas Concert as well as this Spring show.
The group has also performed at high profile events like the opening of the Sarnia Imperial Theatre, the dedication of the second span of the Blue Water Bridge and as a backup chorus in the very successful Starbright Christmas show.
Through its principal charity (Harmonize for Speech) the Bluewater Chordsmen raise money to aid people suffering from speech disorders such as stuttering and aphasia. It also has a youth outreach program which provides funding to Sarnia and area schools to assist with their music programs.
The Bluewater Chordsmen have raised over $100,000 since 1977 for Harmonize for Speech and nearly $40,000 for school music programs since 2001.