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Men of Independence to perform in Huron

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 18, 2019 at 4:00 PM

HURON — Towne and Country Players Inc. continues its 53rd season with a concert by the Men of Independence performing “Barbershop, Broadway, Ballads & Brawn” at 3 p.m. April 28.

The concert will be at the McCormick Junior High School theater in Huron, the former site of the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Huron Playhouse Summer Theater. The theater is located at 325 Ohio St.

The Men of Independence, a 55-member men’s chorus, is ranked No. 16 in the world due to its performance during the 2018 international competition in Orlando. The group will compete against 80,000 men at Salt Lake City this year.

“We are fortunate to have the group return to Huron, especially after their successful, fast-paced show in 2018,” said Mark Widman, T & C vice president.

Appearing in the show is T & C alumnus Larry Smeltz, formerly of Willard. He sings in the quartet, The Independents, performing “P.S. I Love You.”

Joining the Men of Independence is a jazz combo with renowned keyboardist Tom Scott, who has conducted at the Vatican, Carnegie Hall and throughout the United States. He is a BGSU graduate who has earned degrees from Notre Dame and Kent State.

BGSU graduate Gary Lewis directs the Men of Independence and is the director of choral activities at Solon High School.

The show will recognize all veterans and active military personnel with free tickets. All seats are reserved. Call the box office at 419-668-0637 for information about tickets and future shows.

“Music Americana” will be the next concert. The annual tribute show for veterans and active military personnel will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in Huron.

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