Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Piney Hills Harmony wishes you an 'A Cappella Christmas'

Hello, all,

Here's the news release that was sent out regarding our upcoming Christmas show. I'm including a shot from last week's rehearsal that WON'T be in the newspaper, but thought this would be a good forum for it.

Anyone who is reading this who is not a PHH member: We'd love to see you Saturday night. The show will be great fun, family entertainment. Lots of ear candy, plus lots of laughs and also very meaningful moments.

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'A Cappella Christmas' to spread holiday cheer

An award-winning North Louisiana group has wrapped a gift in sequins and song and will offer it to the region Dec. 1 -- as a Christmas show.

Piney Hills Harmony Chorus of Sweet Adelines International will present "A Cappella Christmas" at 7 p.m. in the Dixie Center for the Arts in downtown Ruston. It's the first winter production by the group, which has presented fall shows for the public since 1999. The chorus now boasts its largest membership ever, including 36 women from eight parishes.

In addition to the group's own a cappella numbers, a men's barbershop quartet from Clinton, Miss., will perform.

"We are fortunate to have such a quality quartet in Brick Street to entertain our audience," said Wanda McKaskle, Piney Hills Harmony director. "Their comedy will have you laughing uncontrollably. And not only that, they're great singers as well. It will be a wonderful night of family entertainment for our area."

Brick Street was featured on Piney Hills Harmony's 2003 show and was so well liked, the chorus is bringing them back for an encore. The quartet's members have amassed nearly 50 years of combined barbershop experience.

Two quartets from within Piney Hills Harmony will also be spotlighted that night:
• Masquerade – made up of McKaskle, Mary Jo Brister of Quitman, and Jennifer Patterson and Sheila Stepp of Ruston; and
• Sweet Harmony – composed of Donna Fike, Carol Ogle and Judy Sisson of Monroe, and Lea Rutherford of West Monroe.

The two-hour show will include traditional Christmas music such as "Carol of the Bells," "Silent Night" and "Mary, Did You Know" plus other fun selections such as "Santa Baby," "Dancin' in the Street" and "(NaNaNaNa) Kiss Her Goodbye."

New members who will take the stage with Piney Hills Harmony for the first time on "A Cappella Christmas" are Kathy Hightower and Charles Etta Johnson, Homer; Sarah Hollis, Haughton; Ginny Kimbrough and Rebecca McNeill, Eros; Caroline Leung, Ruston; and Belinda Reid, Farmerville.

Piney Hills Harmony has won first place in its regional Sweet Adeline competition, as well as having claimed two third places.

Curtain time is at 7 p.m. in Ruston's Dixie Center for the Arts, 212 N. Vienna St. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for children 12 and under. They are available from chorus members, at the Dixie Center and at the door.

For more information, call McKaskle at (318) 614-0206. More information about the chorus can also be found at http://pineyhillsharmony.tripod.com and www.pineyhillsharmony.blogspot.com.

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