Rogue Valley Harmonizers are hosting the Evergreen District, Division IV Barbershop competition that weekend. Eagle Point resident Ken Owen who sings baritone or bass is a member of the Rogue Valley Harmonizers. This is the same group that John Meeker belonged to when he lived in Eagle Point.
Events begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. at Central Medford High School (the old South High School), 815 So. Oakdale with the quartet competition. Saturday will feature the chorus competition beginning at 11 a.m. They anticipate a dozen quartets and eight chorus groups. All competitions are open to the public. Each competition is expected to last about an hour.
The Saturday evening presentation will be a once in a decade event for Medford. “Show of Champions” an “A cappella Extravaganza” will bring some of the best a cappella groups in the country to the stage in an unforgettable night of music and laughter. The evening will begin with the 1st , 2nd and 3rd place winners in Oregon for quartet and chorus competition. Following those performances will be the Salem SenateAires. They are the 12 time Evergreen District champions and represented the district in Kansas City last summer at the international competition, where they placed 20th in the world.
The evening will continue with viaVoice. They won the international championship in 2005In May, this group will be performing in France and Finland.
The evening concludes with special guests, “The Baudboys,” an eight-voice a cappella group of Microsoft employees and alumni who have been called “the undisputed kings of geek a cappella” for more than two decades. In 2008 and 2011 they won first place overall at the Pacific Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes, were named “Audience Favorite” in 2010 and 2011 and won Best Original Arrangement in 2011.
Friday and Saturday morning tickets are $20 each. The Show of Champions tickets are $15, and $5 for those 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door. For information call 541-450-9352 or visit www.rvharmonizers.org
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent