World-champion Crossroads to headline Barbershop Festival

January 19, 2012

Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Crossroads, winners of the 2009 Barbershop International Quartet Championship, will perform Saturday, Feb. 4, at the BYU-Idaho Barbershop Music Festival.

Concerts will be held at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall of the Snow Center for the Performing Arts.

At the 2009 international convention of the Barbershop Harmony Society, bass singer Jim Henry also directed the Ambassadors of Harmony chorus to their international championship with the highest chorus score ever obtained.

All four members had previously won the gold in other quartets. Henry had his first win with the 1993 champion Gas House Gang, while baritone Brandon Guyton previously sang in the 2002 champion quartet Four Voices. The lead part is sung by Mike Slamka, formerly of 2003 champion Power Play, while tenor Fred Farrell won previously singing with 1989 champion Second Edition.

Besides a performance by Crossroads, the concerts will feature student quartets, the BYU-Idaho Men’s Choir, BYU-Idaho Women’s Choir and the Carousel Chorus, all singing barbershop music.
Barbershop quartet music is a musical art form original to the United States.

The Barbershop Harmony Society was organized in 1938 and now has more than 800 chapters in North America, including the Carousel Chorus based in Rexburg.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $5 for BYU-Idaho students. They are available online at www.byui.edu/tickets, at the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office or by calling 496-3170.