For many members of the River City Sound Chorus, quarteting is what it’s all about. As a member of a barbershop quartet, you have the opportunity to sing for a wide variety of audiences, experience venues large and small, and undertake an incredible musical voyage. Below is a list of our active quartets. Please feel free to contact them for more information regarding their repertoire, fees and availability for your event.
Harlequin: noun: in the Middle Ages – a light-hearted, nimble and astute servant in a checkered costume, a court jester, an entertainer or clown. Well, we may not be all of these and we’ve only been around for 15 years not 750, but we love to entertain and we sometimes wear a checkered vest.
In 1998, the four of us decided to form a quartet and chose the name Harlequin to reflect our commitment to entertainment. We had each sung in previous quartets but this was certainly a new adventure. From the start we dedicated ourselves to singing well, mostly in the barbershop style. Our repertoire includes ballads and up-tunes; gospel and comedy, and 50’s doo wop too. As a quartet we have achieved many of our goals…winning Division Novice Quartet in 1999, Winnipeg Chapter Quartet of the Year 12 times and Manitoba Senior Idol in 2013. Over the years Harlequin has headlined shows in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northern Ontario, Minnesota and North Dakota. And just recently we were invited to participate in an amateur talent fund raising evening in support of the University of Winnipeg’s Virtuoso Concerts where we were awarded the Judges’ “might be able to quit the day job” prize!
Harlequin would be delighted to entertain you. We customize our shows to suit the occasion. We are Rob Smith (Tenor), Larry Hunter (Lead), Herold Driedger (Bass), and Paul Bullock (Baritone). For more information or to arrange a booking, visit our web page at www.harlequin-bsq.com
Prairie Wind blew onto the scene in the summer of 2016, debuting at one of the Golden Chordsmen’s BBQ events. We are: Brian Duplak (Tenor), Chris Magas (Lead), Larry Bredesen (Bass), and John Latham (Baritone). A major challenge has been finding time to get together and rehearse because of our busy schedules outside of Barbershopping. So we were thrilled to perform in our first Spring Show with the Chorus in 2018.