A Spectacular Saturday Night At The Opry: Midwinter Convention Approaches

Final preparations are underway for the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention in Nashville next week, and while the competitors are putting on the final polish and everyone is packing their bags, we’re looking ahead to what’s primed to be a fantastic night in barbershop.

The Opry Stage is hallowed ground and the Saturday Night Show will certainly shine with some of the world’s best voices. Here is what we have to look forward to:

The Top Three Men’s Quartets of 2018

International quartet champion After Hours, plus second-place medalist Signature and third-place medalists Throwback, will perform in Nashville on Saturday.

Winning the Quartet Contest in Orlando with the highest score ever, After Hours is in its prime. The Central Illinois quartet that started at Bradley University 12 years ago now represents the barbershop community around the globe. Nashville should certainly be quite the homecoming to their BHS family.

#BHSOpry will be the big stage debut for the new line up of Signature, which recently announced Paul Saca as its new tenor. Saca most recently competed with Throwback quartet and replaces recently retired Matthew Clancy. Will Rodriguez will now sing baritone while Paul Saca takes over the tenor spot. Signature will also perform in the Heritage of Harmony show on Thursday night.

With the departure of Paul Saca, Throwback will also debut a new but familiar face. Dan Rubin, brother to baritone Alex Rubin and one of the original members of the quartet, returns to his Throwback family for the first time in Nashville. After leaving the quartet in 2013 to pursue life in London, the group is thrilled to return to its roots and to start a new chapter on the Opry Stage.

Current Champions: Frontier

The Saturday Night Show will include a swan song performance for Frontier, the 2018 International Next Generation Barbershop Quartet Champion. The winner of the 2015 Pioneer District has kept quite busy since last year’s victory and has another full year of touring ahead in 2019.

Sweet Adelines Rising Stars: Hot Pursuit

With bursting young talent and great humor on and off stage, the ladies of Hot Pursuit not only represent Sweet Adelines International, but also Harmony, Incorporated; Song of Atlanta Show Chorus; Scenic City Chorus; and the Frank Thorne Chapter. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, and Cleveland, Tennessee, the halls of the Opry feel like a suitable place for these performers’ boisterous personalities.

Sister Act: The Hall Sisters

This quartet of talented sisters based in Garner, North Carolina, is best known for its unique country-pop sound and stunning harmonies. Performing together since 2007, this up-and-coming act is the perfect choice for #BHSOpry, with music that brings the flair of Lady Antebellum, the soul of The Carpenters and the unbreakable bond of sisterhood.

The show starts at 7:30 p.m. CT, and you can watch from anywhere, right here on FloVoice!

Look Back: The Last Five ICCA Champions

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Varsity Vocals: The Road To Finals

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What It Takes To Be the Best

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The Effects Of Classical Music No Matter What Genre You Love

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#BHSOpry Comes To A Grand Close

After nearly a week of barbershop excellence, the curtain has closed on the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention, where singers young and old crossed the Grand Ole Opry stage, historic contests were held and thousands of people had their love of singing renewed.

A Variety Of Excellence At #BHSOpry Chorus Invitationals


They may have all been singing the same style of music, but Day Two at the BHS Midwinter Convention was anything but indistinguishable.