PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Lunch hour visitors in Market Square were treated to four-part harmony at its finest Thursday afternoon.
They smiled and listened to the timeless songs of the Seniors World Champions: a barbershop quartet called “Saturday Evening Post.”
“Even the young kids that haven’t sung it before, they know those songs,” says the group’s tenor, Bobby Gray, Jr. “They know ‘Barbara Ann’ from the Beach Boys. They know ‘In the Still of the Night.’ They’ve heard it. And people of all ages love the music.”
The crowd was also captivated by a chorus of 14-year-old quadruplets from Milwaukee – three girls and a boy – called the “Vintage Mix Quartet.”
Five-thousand singers are in town this week for the Barbershop Harmony Society’s convention.
Quartet competitions continue through Saturday at Consol Energy Center. But marketing director Brian Lynch says the stage can be anywhere.
“You’ll see all over Pittsburgh this week, people wandering up, meeting strangers that have a badge on, that have a barbershop emblem on, and say, ‘You want to sing? Come here, let’s do it.’ Just like that. They never met before. They never see each other again. But for those few minutes, it’s harmony.”