Arts & Culture

A sweet history of harmonies

One of Wichita's Sweet Adelines International charters is preparing a harmonic performance for the community.

The Wichita Chorus will host a historic musical show with all-female barbershop harmonies when it performs "Diamond Jubilee: 60 Years of Harmony" at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II.

Charters of the international group are scattered across the country, but the Wichita Chorus has a long history with the organization. Sixty years as a charter has sprouted deep roots in the musical community.

Vice president and show chairwoman Pam Williams says the chorus' rich history sets it apart from other local chapters.

Through the years, the Wichita Chorus has won several honors at regional and international competitions. The Diamond Jubilee performance will feature several of the award-winning groups.

"In recent years, we've placed first in the small chorus category," Williams said. "We've won regionals several times over the years."

The show includes the Sweet Adeline Chorus and Men of Note Chorus. An Afterglow show will immediately follow featuring the 1977 International Champions Shondells and the Boeing Jazz Band, along with several other quartets.

The Afterglow performance will be in the service room and will be a more casual performance.

"There will be popcorn and a cash bar. Plus costumes from the past 60 years will be on display," Williams said. "It will start around 10 p.m. and go until people stop singing."

A portion of the profits go to Dress for Success, the Wichita Chorus' sister nonprofit organization. The Diamond Jubilee show will mark the fourth year of partnership between the two organizations.

If you go

"diamond jubilee: 60 years of harmony"

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Mary Jane Teall Theater in Century II, 225 W. Douglas

How much: Tickets are $18 for the Diamond Jubilee, $7 for the Afterglow or $23 for both shows. Group tickets for Diamond Jubilee of 10 or more are $16. Tickets can be purchased at