The Nebraska City Apple Corps men’s acapella chorus' 2013 show features the
international gold medal winning quartet Keepsake.
This year's shows are scheduled Saturday, March 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Gerry Wirth, publicity chairman for this year’s show, said he is impressed
with the individual talent that will be coming to the Nebraska City High School
Wirth said Joe Connelly is considered to be the Barbershop Harmony Society's
most talented lead.
“His nickname is Awesome Joe,” Wirth said.
Connelly’s contributions to the quartets Interstate Rivals, Showtime and Old
School helped earn international recognition.
“He has more international quartet gold medals than anyone else in the the
society,” Wirth said.
He is joined on Keepsake by Don Barnick, Roger Ross and Tony DeRosa.
DeRosa earned distinction as the youngest in the society to earn a gold
medal. He began singing with his father at the age of seven and first appeared on an international stage at the age of 12.
He was singing with Keepsake at the age of 19 when it won its gold medal in
1992. Ross will be back to the Nebraska City stage for the third straight year.
After last year's show, Wirth said, chorus members teasingly suggested that
Ross could return if he brought the highly-acclaimed quartet Keepsake.
“And here he is,” Wirth said.
The theme for this year's show is “There's a Meetin' Here Tonight.” Wirth
said a broad range of songs have been chosen from revival-type to Unchained
Melody by the Righteous Brothers.
He said the local chorus, which features singers from Nebraska City and surrounding area, is growing. He said the audience will see some new faces among the 32 singers on the risers.
The show will feature Apple Corps quartets and selections by Belles-a-Peelin'
women's chorus. Wirth said he hopes the show not only entertains, but encourages others to join the singing group.
“You don't have to be a soloist, but just have a love for singing,” Wirth said.