Barbershop Chorus concert Saturday in Belhaven

Published 10:32 pm Friday, May 17, 2013

Eastern North Carolina will have two rare opportunities to catch the four-part harmony of the Carolina Chord Connection today.
The local barbershop chorus performs once a year and today is it. Today’s concert, “Themes Like Old Times,” is 90 minutes of familiar tunes sung in acapella harmony by the CCC and Albemarle Sounds of Edenton.
“This will be our third show. We sing in old-time barbershop quartets,” said Washington resident Bob Paciocco, a member of the group. “We’ll have the two choruses and the master of ceremonies is Bartow Houston.”
Paciocco said the groups would sing lots of love songs, including one of his favorites, “Heart of my Heart.” As a fundraiser, the chorus often serenades valentines with the tune.
The chorus will fit in two performances today and cross county lines to do so. The first performance will be at First Christian Church, 419 East Main Street, in Belhaven, at 2 p.m.
The second concert will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. The Carolina Chord Connection will be at First Christian Church, 2810 East 14th Street, in Greenville. Admission to the shows is $10.
“I think (audiences) will like the way we do the songs. They’re traditional songs, but we add the barbershop flare to it.”
Proceeds will go to area public high school music programs to encourage students to continue the barbershop tradition. Last year, the group donated $500 to public schools in Beaufort and Pitt counties.
For more information, contact chorus director Jo Broadway at 322-5630, Belhaven resident Bruce McGee at 964-4285, Washington resident Bob Paciocco at 944-6567 or Greenville resident Ken Gibson at 917-4934. All are members of CCC.