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Butler: Houston barbershop quartet to cut up at Spring Show

Butler: Houston barbershop quartet to cut up at Spring Show

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If Note-oriety's show is anything like its Web site biographies, Barbershop music fans can expect lots of humor.

The Houston foursome will be special guests at the Brazos Barbershoppers Spring Show at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Activity Center, 2541 Earl Rudder Freeway S. in College Station. Tickets are $10 at 204-1484.

Tenor Dave Frye is said to have started singing four-part harmony 30 years ago and "is still waiting for his voice to change."

Lead singer Stefan Hussenoeder has a Ph. D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and works for ExxonMobil, "where he develops and applies cutting edge technology in Geophysics that is so complex that even a rocket scientist can't understand it."

But if a rocket scientist is needed, the group can call on baritone Pete Hasbrook, whose day job at NASA's Johnson Space Center is to tell astronauts on the International Space Station what to do. "Pete met his lovely wife Annette in a chorale, while attending Notre Dame.ÊFor the Aggies in the crowd, that's a chorale NOT a corral," the Website said.

Bass Mike Wilson must be the straight man, because nothing funny is written about him.

The first half of the show will have the local barbershoppers singing as a chorus along with several quartets doing a couple of numbers each. The second half is Note-oriety's program.

Note-oriety has placed in the top 10 in the Barbershop Harmony Society regional competition for the past five years.

Derby Day deadline

Friday is the deadline to buy tickets for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra's Derby Day fund-raiser.

The event starts at 4 p.m. May 5 with viewing of the Kentucky Derby on big screens at the College Station Hilton. Other activities are a hat contest, dancing and a dinner of traditional Derby Day food, including mint juleps.

The headliners will be Brazos Valley's own Metropolitan Opera star Emily Pulley and her friend Chris Olds singing a tribute to Oscar (Roger?) and Hammerstein.

Tickets are $100 at 779-6100.

Chamber music camp

The Marian Anderson String Quartet will hold its second Chamber Music Camp for all ages June 4-9 at Bryan High School.

One new aspect of this year's class is the invitation to an adult amateur ensemble workshop. Other categories are for senior instrumentalists ages 14-19 and apprentice instrumentalists ages 10-13. All participants will engage in coachings, master classes and public performances.

Instructors will be the string quartet members - violinists Marianne Henry and Nicole Cherry, violist Diedra Lawrence and cellist Prudence McDaniel - who are chamber ensemble in residence at Texas A&M University.

Applicants must submit a 3- to 5-minute CD or cassette tape. Tuition is $200.

For more information, e-mail nicolecherry@neo.tamu.edu or call 574-6999.

Early music

The Heartsease Early Music Group will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Unitarian Church, 305 Wellborn Road in College Station.

The free program will include Medieval and Renaissance music on authentic instruments of the periods.

Members are Robert Boenig, Elizabeth Boenig, Harriet Vardiman Smith, Nanette Manhart, Jim Manhart and Claudia Nelson.

Members recital

The Brazos Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists will present a members recital at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University Drive in College Station.

The program's theme will be the tonal colors of the organ. Admission is free.

Swing & Swing

The Texas A&M Reveliers present "Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing)" at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Room 201 of Texas A&M's Memorial Student Center. Special guests will be the Aggie Swing Cats dance ensemble.

Tickets are $5 at the MSC box office (845-1234).

Plays continue

• Fiddler on the Roof, 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Theatre Company, Tejas Center, Texas Avenue and Villa Maria Road in Bryan, $10 to $12 at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, 2275 Dartmouth St. in College Station and at the door.

• Alice in Wonderland, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, StageCenter, 201B W. 26th St. in Bryan, $5-$10.

• Kindertransport, Aggie Players, 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Rudder Forum, Texas A&M campus, $5-$10.n Jim Butler's e-mail address is jim.butler@theeagle.com.

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