On Wednesday, August 21st, the Barbershop Harmony Society welcomed visitors from the other side of the World.
Beat-Bit Music School from Bologna, Italy brought almost 20 students and their musicality to the Barbershop Headquarters to exchange art forms. Harmonizer editor, Lorin May gave a brief history of the Society in their native language (who knew Lorin could speak Italian?) before they shared their music with the staff at Headquarters.
The students were on a tour of the United States, and they were told that stopping in Nashville, TN to see the Barbershop Harmony Society was a must. We agreed! Their tour guide contacted our offices earlier in the week to secure a time for their visit. Here is a short clip of one of their performances:
After hearing them, a group of guys at HQ (Wayne Grimmer, Rick Spencer, Adam Scott, and Mike O’Neill) sang "Hello Mary Lou" for the students and other staff members. The students’ eyes widened as they heard the four-part ringing harmony explode in the room. Many of them commented that it was nothing like they had ever heard.
They spent some time taking a tour of Headquarters and individually meeting the staff. Marty Monson’s new vision for the Society is to reach to the outside and open opportunities to others to experience Barbershop. This was one perfect opportunity to share our art forms!