The halls of the Laurel County Library rang with the sounds of tenors, basses, baritones and leads all working in harmony on Thursday evening, as the Kentuckians Chorus paid an hour-long visit.
Singing such hits as The Beach Boy’s “Help Me Rhonda,” the nationally loved “Star-Spangled Banner,” as well as barbershop favorites “Sitting on Top of the World,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and “Mobile,” the animated chorus set feet to tapping, heads to bobbing and hands to clapping for the entirety of their show.
When they weren’t singing, conductor Jon Nicholas explained the four parts of a barbershop quartet through comedic verbal jousting with various members of the chorus, which ranged in age from 11 to over 60 years of age.
Comedy Duo “Heathman and Thomas,” who have been performing since they were young boys, also peppered into the performance, causing audience members to double over with laughter and smiles.
Originally founded in Lexington in 1960, the 50-man Chorus is a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. The chorus is separated into four-person sections which in turn make up the entire chorus. According to their website, the group “(is) a group of men drawn together by singing and preserving the style of music known as Barbershop.”