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May 9, 2013

Celebrating 65 years of harmony

Northshoremen's annual barbershop show takes place Saturday

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It’s more than just singing, Arnone said — it’s a social outlet and a chance to travel for competitions and conferences. Arnone is headed to an international barbershop convention in Toronto, Canada, this summer.

“We say it’s the music that draws people to the style, but it’s the friendship and camaraderie (that keeps them singing),” he said.

Throughout the year, the Northshoremen organize local workshops, fundraisers and educational events for local youngsters, including an annual summer camp. Membership fluctuates between 30 and 40 people, Arnone said.

“We want to share the harmony and introduce people to what the harmony really is,” he said. “... If they can carry a tune, they can sing barbershop harmony.”

Barbershop singing was originally learned by ear, without reading music, he said. That’s where the name “barbershop” comes from — groups would hang out at the local barbershop, singing and learning tunes from each other.

“We don’t use anything beyond a pitch pipe,” Arnone said.

IF YOU GO

What: Northshoremen annual spring show

When: Saturday, 3 p.m.

Where: Beverly High School, 100 Sohier Road

Tickets: $20, available at the door. Pre-purchase tickets by calling 978-927-7894 or 978-374-8865, or email northshoremen@verizon.net.

More information: www.harmonize.com/northshoremen

IF YOU GO What: Northshoremen annual spring show When: Saturday, 3 p.m. Where: Beverly High School, 100 Sohier Road Tickets: $20, available at the door. Pre-purchase tickets by calling 978-927-7894 or 978-374-8865, or email northshoremen@verizon.net More information: www.harmonize.com/northshoremen

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