Croix Chordsmen spring benefit concert

The After Hours Quartet will perform at the Croix Chordsmen’s spring benefit concert. (Submitted photo)

The After Hours Quartet will perform at the Croix Chordsmen’s spring benefit concert. (Submitted photo)

The Croix Chordsmen a cappella chorus will perform its 2014 concert with two shows at 3 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. This year, the Chordsmen will present a collection of familiar songs from a plethora of movies old and new. In addition, the Chordsmen will welcome some special guests to their stage.

The group, After Hours Quartet, which has been crowned Illinois Collegiate Champions for three straight years will share their sounds on a variety of musical styles. They were crowned Illinois District Champions in 2010 and last year advanced to earn a top 10 finish at an international barbershop competition. In addition, Tasha Schuh, Miss Wheelchair USA 2012, will entertain the audience with her version of the classic song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“This is going to be a wonderful and inspiring day of music,” said Matt Hall, Director of the Chordsmen. “We are so excited to perform in a new venue and showcase the talents of our members and our special guest artists.

Schuh, whose father is a member of the Chordsmen, sustained an accident in high school. She became an accomplished singer on her way to being selected as Miss Wheelchair USA 2012. Her story is one of inspiration and overcoming adversity.

“I was very involved in theatre and music growing up,” Schuh said. “I was a happy-go-lucky teenager performing in a production of the Wizard of Oz, when during a rehearsal I fell 16 feet through an open trap door and crushed my spinal cord. My life was changed instantly. … I was depressed. I came to a crossroads and realized I had to remain positive and move forward. I now have two bachelor’s degrees, drive my own van, I’m married, and I speak to people and share my story. My life isn’t what I had envisioned as a kid, but it is a great life.”

A portion of the proceeds from the concerts will go to support The Ronald McDonald House in Rochester, a place that helped support and house Schuh’s family while she recovered.

“The Ronald McDonald House has a special place in my heart,” Schuhsaid. “They did so much for my family and in turn for me. I am so excited for this concert and the chance to sing with my dad and the Chordsmen. It’s a dream come true.”

Another local charity benefiting from ticket sales will be Youth in Harmony, a local nonprofit that helps get young people into music.

The Chordsmen share Schuh’s excitement for the event.

“This will be a concert not to miss,” said, Ed Obermeyer-Kolb,  Chordsmen president. “Tasha’s story is so inspirational, and we can’t wait to share the stage with her on April 26. We are very happy to help her give back to the Ronald McDonald House.”

If you go:

What: Croix Chordsmen Annual Spring Concert

When: 3 p.m., and 7 p.m., Saturday, April 26

Where: Stillwater Junior High School Auditorium, 523 W. Marsh St., in Stillwater.

Why: The Croix Chordsmen will present a concert of songs from film, past and present. In addition the Chordsmen will welcome special guests After Hours Quartet and Miss Wheelchair USA 2012 Tasha Schuh to the stage.

Tickets: To purchase tickets email Ted Bolles at tedbolles@gmail.com or call 651-308-5775. Tickets are $12 dollars. For groups of six or more, tickets cost $10 dollars.

Info: stcroixvalleychapter.com

 

Contact Jonathan Young at jonathan.young@ecm-inc.com

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