River Cities Jubilee
Members of the River Cities Jubilee Mike McLallen, Gene Gardner, Philip Maxfield and Doug White.
Make your romance bloom with a Singing Valentine in four-part harmony, delivered by a River Cities Jubilee quartet and "accompanied by" a single long-stemmed red rose and a personalized Valentine card.
Known as "Harmony from the Heart," the annual promotion is available Thursday and Friday, February 13 and 14. At each stop, a live barbershop quartet harmonizes in "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and "Heart of My Heart."
Although River Cities Jubilee, the Northwest Louisiana Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, practices and is available to perform for a variety of special events throughout the year, its annual Valentine's Day promotion is its principal outreach activity.
"It's the one time of the year when people are most likely to find out about us," said Philip Maxfield, the group's public relations and marketing vice president.
You likely recognize barbershop by its unique sound: four-part close harmony that produces vocal harmonics creating a perceived "overtone" or "ringing chord," also described as a "fifth voice" or "angel's voice." Considered a uniquely American musical tradition, barbershop singing originated as a way to pass the time while men were waiting their turn in the barber's chair. Today the singing style has taken root with recognized groups in the United Kingdom, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, Japan, Germany, and other countries.
The River Cities group incorporated in 1948, and is the longest continually running chapter in the Southwest District – comprising Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, and southern New Mexico -- of the Barbershop Harmony Society.
River Cities is eager for new members; men who enjoy singing are always welcome to give the group a try, regardless of their age. River Cities Jubilee meets almost every Monday night at Calvary Chapel, 2115 Line Ave., from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. Call (318) 673-4968 to find out more.
-- By Lani Duke