One of the most sought after a capella foursomes in the world will perform at the Elkader Opera House in Elkader, Iowa on Saturday, Nov. 5th at 7 p.m. The Crossroads Quartet is a world-champion quartet interpreting a wide variety of musical styles including vocal jazz, blues, gospel, pop classics, and standards from the Great American Songbook through the lens of barbershop harmony.
The group is made up of four friends from four different states. All four award-winning singers are married and the group has 15 children between them. Just two years after forming in 2007, Crossroads Quartet was crowned the 2009 Barbershop Harmony Society International Championship Quartet. Since then they have produced two recordings and have performed in Germany, France, Finland, the U.K., Spain, Japan and across the United States. Crossroads Quartet became International Champions in 2015.
The show is being hosted by Keystone Chorus, an Elkader-based barbershop harmony society that sings 4-part a cappella music. The chorus sings at church services and even offers at singing Valentine service, serenading sweethearts all across Northeast Iowa on February 14th with two love songs, a box of chocolates, and a single long-stemmed rose.
The Elkader Opera House was completed in November 1903 and held its first on stage performance that month. Those early shows were so popular and so large that when local hotels filled up, performers even stayed in the homes of Elkader residents. The Opera House has also been used as a club and community room, dance hall, roller rink, library, fire station, economic development office, city hall, and as the Abdel-Kader Sister City Museum. In 2004, the Opera House was restored to its original grandeur and once again became one of the most visited small theaters in the Midwest. Throughout its history, the Elkader Opera House has always played a leading role in the social and civic life of the community.
Tickets to the fall 2017 show can be purchased online or by calling (563) 873-2378.
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