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Barbershop harmonies to fill community park stage

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The Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus and the Heartland Filles will both perform at this week’s edition of the Edward Jones Summer Band Concert Series at Bardstown Community Park Friday at 7 p.m.

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First to take the stage will be the Heart of Kentucky Men’s Chorus, a group of more than 30 from Elizabethtown dedicated to the performance of barbershop music.

Formed in 2007, the group performs special arrangements of songs more frequently performed by male quartets, but expanded for a full men’s chorus.

They perform year round at charitable, church and civic functions.

Also performing is the Heartland Fillies, an all-women’s chorus with about 25 members ranging in age from 25 to 72 that also includes members from outside the United States. The Fillies perform barbershop harmonies, but with women’s voices, for a decidedly different take on the traditional barbershop quartet.

The group formed in February 2008, and is based in the Elizabethtown area.

In the event of rain, the concert will be held at the Farmers Market on East Flaget Avenue.

Next week’s program will present the Walnut Street Ramblers, playing early jazz, especially featuring tunes from New Orleans and the 1920s.

This year’s Summer Band Concert Series is being underwritten by the Bardstown offices of Edward Jones Investments. Corporate partners are: In Memory of William H. Franklyn, Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer, and Town & Country Bank.

Patrons of the Arts this year are Dick and Alice Heaton, Farm Bureau Insurance — agent Jay Allen, FiveStar Food Marts, Hibbs & Associates, Lincoln National Bank, Bardstown Music Tones, Keith and Cheryl Board, Bill and Cathy Conway, Phil and Lynne Bowling and Bardstown Copy & Print.

Many other local businesses and individuals also made contributions, making this year’s concert series possible.

It is recommended attendants bring lawn chairs or blankets. The playground will be open for children and parking is available.