The Golden Corner Chorus is a registered chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society. It is also a chapter (Q-83) of the Dixie District of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.
Since its charter in 1994, the Chorus and its Quartets have entertained at schools, hospitals, retirement homes, dedications, private parties and other special events. Their presentation of Singing Valentines is an annual favorite.
The Chorus has produced several major shows. Its first was at West Oak High School, then three at Clemson University's Brooks Center for the Performing Arts. Starting in 2003, the Chorus moved to the newly-renovated Walhalla Civic Auditorium as its preferred performance venue because its historic charm, intimate size and refurbished look provide the perfect setting for producing barbershop shows.
In 2003, the Chorus presented "Back to the Gay 90's -- The Songs and Times of the 1890's" in three separate performances: in March in a community theater in Toccoa, Georgia; in June at the newly-renovated Walhalla Civic Auditorium; and a special performance in October at the Rainey Fine Arts Center at Anderson College (now Anderson University) as a fund-raiser for the Anderson Literacy Volunteers. A musical revue of the 1890s, it also salutes the history and mores of the times through the eyes of Rose McGuire, who returns to modern times in the form of a spirit. Through the story of her life, you learn that the Gay 90s was not just a chapter in a history book, but a time of joy and sorrow, triumph and defeat, and experiences not unlike those we encounter today.
In November 2004, the Chorus produced "MONEY TALK$", an original musical comedy. The local barbershop chorus is in a quandary because they have lost their location for their annual show. The chorus director pleads with the evil Mayor to let the chorus use the old Majestic Theatre, which unbeknownst to most, is about to be sold to the mysterious Four Investors. They plan to demolish it and build a parking deck in its place, lining their pockets and ensuring another term for the Mayor and her hapless Assistant for their efforts at urban renewal. Sweeping his way throughout the entire show is Joe, a local magician and Caretaker of the Majestic, who keeps hoping for another show at the Theatre. MONEY TALK$ was delightful for its musical variety and antics of its eclectic cast.
In March 2006, the Chorus successfully presented "Oh Brother, Where Are We?", another original musical comedy. The local barbershop chorus, on its way to a singing competition, suffers a breakdown of its dilapidated bus deep in the Southern Appalachians. While searching for civilization, they encounter locals at a diner, listen to bluegrass music, and end up at an old-fashioned Tent Revival. The fun doesn't end until they finally get back on their repaired bus. This show featured great barbershop harmony through Gospel favorites and songs about Southern life, and had an authentic local bluegrass band with guitar and mandolin.
In October 2007, the Chorus produced "Harmony Hotel", in which the Chorus helps friends of theirs, the Harmons, to fend off foreclosure of the Hotel Harmon by singing to bring in business for the hotel throughout the year. The show features songs from all major holidays and even includes a number when the Chorus members become "skeletons" for Halloween. The fun starts on New Year's Eve at the stroke of midnight and continues until the following New Year's Day. In the end, the fundraising effort is successful, and the Hotel Harmon becomes the Hotel Harmony.
In April of 2009, the Chorus wrote and produced "Riverboat Daze", in which the chorus is hired to perform on a Mississippi riverboat in exchange for free passage to New Orleans. At the same time, a thief who has stolen the Sacred Zircon of the Kee-o-wee-kee Tribe of beautiful downtown Walhalla is also on the riverboat, making a getaway. A magician has also been hired to perform on the riverboat, and when all of this comes together, it's really a convoluted plot. Eventually, Inspector Klutz of the Walhalla Police Department apprehends the jewel thieves, and the Chorus arrives in New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras relatively unscathed.
In April of 2010, the Chorus teamed up with Ring 63 of the International Brotherhood of Magicians to Present Magic and Music, in which magic acts and chorus numbers were interwoven to provide entertainment for all ages.
In October of 2011, the Chorus wrote and Produced a courtroom comedy, based very loosely on the Judge Judy television Show. It was named "We Ain't Misbehavin'", and included a series of skits involving chorus members and actors accused of various forms of misbehavior and appearing before Judge Gustav I. Gotcha.
Next show? In the Spring of 2013.
The Chorus rehearses regularly on Tuesday nights at the Senior Solutions Center, 101 Perry Avenue in Seneca.