Date:   8/12/2011

The Barbershop Quartet, Vocality, coming to the historic Thrasher Opera House

Join us at the historic Thrasher Opera House in beautiful downtown Green Lake on Friday, August 12 at 7:30 p.m. for a lively evening of music with Vocality Barbershop Quartet.

"Vocality’s performances come straight from the heart. Our goal is to create magical moments, so while you are sitting in the audience, you know we are singing not to the multitudes, but just to you!

From our inception in February 2007, Vocality’s philosophy has been to preserve the art of barbershop and a capella music and to commit our heart and soul to every performance. We seek to spark enthusiasm and inspire young people to see music in a whole new light – to keep a capella harmony alive and pass it on from our generation to the next.

We feel privileged to enjoy the fellowship of our barbershop friends at home and all over the world. It is truly an honor for Vocality to have been crowned the 2007 Land Of Lakes District Champions, as well as advance to the Semi-Final level at the International Competition." -Vocality.

Tony Blackwood is the lead and storyteller of Vocality. His interest in music was evident early on as he sang with his family around the piano and in church. His true passion for performance developed as he became involved in the theatre and began to explore all types of musical styles. Whether choral, vocal jazz, theatre or barbershop he has always found a place to perform.

Jay Althof sings tenor just right to put the ‘glitz’ into every chord. He has represented the Land Of Lakes District in two other champion quartets; Grandads Bluff in 1988 and Quest in 2005, and sang with New Image for over 15 years. Most recently Jay played the trumpet and was a featured vocalist in Brady’s Big Band out of the Twin Cities.

David Boyd sings the rich bass notes that make Vocality's sound so big. As a seven year old, David started singing in the renowned Minnesota Boys Choir at much higher pitches than he does today. David’s college years found him singing with the University of Minnesota Men's chorus. With a passion for quarteting, he loved the experience of singing with Tony in the District Quartet Champion Nouveau. David feels blessed to be in a quartet with three great guys who also love high caliber singing, fun and the close friendship they share.

Tom Matchinsky is the baritone of the quartet.  His love of music led him to study vocal and instrumental music in college, in turn giving him the opportunity to perform in various ensembles, all over the world. In the barbershop world, Tom cut his teeth singing with the renowned Great Northern Union Chorus, went on to sing tenor in two District Champion quartets - Innovation and After Midnight - and became a Certified Singing Judge in the Barbershop Harmony Society. He also sings in the chorus of the Minnesota Opera.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by Sean and JoEllen Madden, all proceeds will benefit the historic Thrasher Opera House, a non-profit organization.

Tickets for this wonderful evening of entertainment are only $12 and available at Thrasher Office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank, (Green Lake); Ripon Drug, & Pick ‘N Save (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling 920-294-4279. To order online, visit www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

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