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Voices spreads Christmas cheer at two shows   

   Voices of the South celebrated the holiday season with not one, but two, concerts on back-to-back nights in December.
   On December 17 Voices sang their hearts out at the “Voices of the South Presents Christmas at the Lyric” show in downtown Birmingham.
   The nearly full house had the Lyric Theatre rocking like it used to when vaudeville was the featured form of entertainment.
   The newly restored Lyric is such a beautiful venue. The crowd appeared to enjoy the show and the chorus and quartets certainly were thrilled to perform there.  
   The Lyric, which was built in 1914, hosted such performers as Al Jolson, the Marx Brothers and Mae West. It was converted into a movie theater in 1954 and was closed in the mid-1980s. It remained shuttered until its purchase by Birmingham Landmarks, the non-profit group that also restored the Alabama Theatre. Birmingham Landmarks raised $11.2 million to renovate the theatre. The Lyric opened in 2016.
   On December 16, the night before the Lyric show, Voices members traveled to Oxford, Ala., where they presented a concert at the Oxford Performing Arts Center.
   This was the third year for Voices to present a show in Oxford’s wonderful facility.  As a Christmas present to its citizens, the City of Oxford presents the concert “admission free.” A large, enthusiastic crowd enjoyed the performance. The 1,130-seat theater sits in the middle of Oxford’s historic downtown. It held its first performance in May 2013. It cost nearly $10.4 million to reconstruct.
   “We hope you got to see one of the shows,” Voices President Ed Wharton said. “We appreciate your support.”

Happy New Year

   Welcome to the January 2017 edition of e-Voices, the monthly newsletter of the Voices of the South.
   The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed about the activities of the Central Alabama Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
   If you are receiving this newsletter for the first time, we welcome you to the Voices family. If you are a regular reader, we appreciate your interest and support.
   You are receiving this newsletter because you have attended one of our performances, are a friend of a member, have ordered a singing valentine from us, or are a fan of barbershop harmony. If you wish to no longer receive this newsletter, please follow the instructions at the bottom of the newsletter to unsubscribe.
   Happy New Year from Voices of the South!

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     Visit our website at voicesofthesouth.com or call 205-252-SING (7464) for more information. For the base price of $50 you get a Valentine’s card, a long-stemmed red rose, and the sweetest love song you’ve ever heard. And the quartet is decked out in their tuxedos.
     But more than that, you get a lifetime memory that’s priceless! Call us — 252-SING (7464).

Ean is a third-generation barbershopper

Why do you sing?
   I sing because singing is what makes me happy. A world of silence is not a world for me.
 
Ean’s Stats
   My name is Ean Jacob Nazarchyk. I was born on January 27, 1998. That means in 24 days, I will be 19 years old. I have lived in Hayden, Ala., all my life. I graduated from Hayden High School in May 2016 and I’m now working at Papa John’s in Hayden. I attend Wallace State Community College where I’m enrolled in its Diesel Mechanic’s program. I’m single. You can email me at ejnazarchykhhs@gmail.com.
 
Why Barbershop?
   What would life be like without a little harmony? I'm a third generation barbershopper. Both my grandmother and my mother sang with Sweet Adelines. So I guess I come by it naturally and I get to sing a cappella with Voices of the South.
 
Barbershop Experience?
   I've been singing ever since I could talk. I've sung all parts from soprano to bass. I sing at church and at my school. My senior year at Hayden High was my fourth year in marching band. For three of those years I played the piccolo, although my first year I played the flute. I also sing tenor in the Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church chancel choir.
   In my junior year I was looking for more vocal training than I could get in my church or at school. I told my mother I wanted to join a singing group. She recommended Voices of the South. I joined in 2015 at the age of 17. I sing Lead. This is the best thing I’ve ever done. I’m learning a lot of new skills.

 
An Anecdote …
   Voices of the South became the first act in 65 years to perform on the stage of the Lyric Theatre. We sang at the newly renovated theatre’s Dedication Ceremony January 2016. The Lyric, which was built in 1914, was originally a vaudeville theatre. Now, that’s something that will stick with me forever. It was exhilarating to sing a cappella barbershop music in a place that was built for that purpose. What an honor. And then I got to sing there again in December 2016 when we performed “Voices of the South Presents Christmas at the Lyric.”  
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