Silk City Chorus recent performance

Write-up and photo by Jacqueline Bennett

Follow the blissful harmony inside Manchester’s Second Congregational Church on Monday nights and it will lead to rehearsal for a Connecticut gem, the award-winning Silk City Chorus. Practices are preparation for various competitions and performances throughout the year, including the group’s big 50th annual show, “Everybody Loves a Hero,” scheduled for Manchester High School, January 14, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This year’s performances will feature Crossroads Quartet, the 2009 International Champions and Da Capo, the 2011 Harmony Sweepstakes National Champion.

Organized in 1963 and growing ever since, Silk City Chorus is an 80-man chapter of the Barbershop Harmoney Society, an international body “dedicated to preserving the particular style of singing in four-part a capella harmony,” according to the chorus’ website. Current members are said to range in age from 20 to 70 and come from many communities and other states to participate under the direction of Todd Lamson. Over the years, the Silk City Chorus has stacked up award after award making it one of the foremost barbershop singing ensembles in New England, as noted on the website “consistently” ranked among the top ten choruses in the Northeast Division during the last decade and the “reigning Yankee Division 2005 Champions.”

Anyone familiar with the Greater Hartford area also knows that come February 13th and 14th, Silk City Chorus quartets just might break into song virtually anywhere with Singing Valentines such as, “Let me call you sweetheart I’m in love with you….” Clad in tuxedos, rose in hand, the quartets will visit homes, offices and restaurants to offer personal serenades!