By Alicia Doyle

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Masters of Harmony chorus set for Port Hueneme concert

November 13, 2014

PORT HUENEME, Calif. - Masters of Harmony, an international award-winning barbershop chorus comprised of men from all walks of life, will perform Sunday at 3 p.m. at Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme.

“We are not four geezers under a lamppost singing ‘Sweet Adeline’,” said Kirt Thiesmeyer, of Pasadena, a member for 13 years.

Rather, the group of 85 singers includes doctors, attorneys, engineers, teachers, police officers, retirees and students who have one thing in common: their love of singing four-part a cappella harmony, meaning without instruments.

“Barbershop singers can tackle the most sophisticated music from Broadway, show tunes, ancient music, gospel, rock ‘n’ roll, contemporary and Bach,” Thiesmeyer said.

Barbershop music has a few aims over and above most other choral genres, said Justin Miller, of Santa Ana, musical director.

“We put a lot of emphasis on chords and making sure that every chorus is in tune to the point that the chord rings,” Miller explained. “Lots of choral groups aim to sing intone but barber shoppers tend to go the extra mile.”

Oceanview Pavilion is happy to host the Masters of Harmony for a second time, said Sharon Kloeris, executive vice president.

“This group generally performs in the Orange County and San Diego area so we are very thrilled that they are back,” said Kloeris, of Port Hueneme. “Watching 85 men on stage singing a cappella is an experience you won’t want to miss and it’s for all ages.”

This style is unique because the audience’s musical experience depends on the singer’s pitch, tempo, rhythm, emotion, musicality and projection, Thiesmeyer said.

“The fact that the voice is infinitely variable, like a violin, means that with small adjustments we can produce incredible barbershop chords and overtones that make the music literally ring,” he said.

“And since it is so close to Thanksgiving and the start of the Christmas holiday the performance will include songs of the seasons,” Kloeris said.

Two of the songs were presented to more than 5,000 fans at a convention at the MGM in Las Vegas in July. The lineup will also include nontraditional Christmas songs from different countries including Nigeria and the Bahamas.

“We will present songs that will bring tear as well as smiles and laughter,” said Timothy Truesdell, of San Diego, a member of Masters of Harmony for 16 years.

The men are thrilled to be back again in Port Hueneme and look forward to presenting a varied and exciting performance, Truesdell added.

“We want our audience to go away wanting more and filled with the spirit of the upcoming holidays,” he said.

The Oceanview Pavilion lobby will also be decorated, Kloeris said, with three Christmas trees, nutcrackers and Santa Claus.

“We look forward to a full house on Sunday,” Kloeris said.

If you go
What: Masters of Harmony
When: Sunday at 3 p.m.
Where: Oceanview Pavilion, 575 Surfside Drive, Port Hueneme
Cost: $18, $20
Tickets:; 986-4818

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