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Oklahoma City barbershop group plans anniversary concert

OK Chorale, based in Oklahoma City, will celebrate 75 years of singing harmony with two concerts this month.
BY HENRY DOLIVE Modified: April 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

Allan Pinkston hopes to find at least 75 men in the Oklahoma City area who share his love for barbershop harmony — a love that has kept the OK Chorale barbershop chorus going for three-quarters of a century.

OK Chorale will celebrate its 75th anniversary with two concerts April 27 at Harding Fine Arts Academy. The group will be joined by a newer barbershop chorus, Music Central, founded in 1995.

The anniversary shows start at 2 and 7 p.m. Both will include full-chorus renditions and performances by smaller groups.

Pinkston, OK Chorale's president, said he set a goal to recruit 75 singers as a salute to the anniversary and to strengthen the singing group. Pinkston celebrated his own 75th birthday in March.

“This is more than just a singing group,” Pinkston said. “It's the friendships you develop.”

Visitors are welcome to attend rehearsals, he said. OK Chorale rehearses at 6:30 p.m. Mondays at Overholser Elementary School, 7900 NW 36.

Music Central also invites visitors to its rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at North MacArthur Church of Christ, 9300 N MacArthur Blvd., said Barry Clark, Music Central's vice president for marketing.

Pinkston said some OK Chorale members have sung all their lives, while others are getting reacquainted with vocal music after singing in high school or college.

“There is a typical barbershop harmony that's unique to these guys and that sets it apart,” OK Chorale director David Roman said.

Caleb Henderson, who sings lead with OK Chorale, said it's difficult to pinpoint what makes the barbershop sound unique.

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