ClassRing, 2nd place international quartet medalists in the Sweet Adelines International 2017 quartet finals, will be the featured guests at the fall concert by the Heart of Illinois Chorus, in residence at Illinois Central College. The concert takes place Sat., October 21 at 7:30 pm in the ICC Performing Arts Center, located on the East Peoria Campus.
ClassRing finished as the 2nd place international quartet medalists at the 2017 Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas earlier this month. The quartet formed in spring 2014 to compete in the Sweet Adelines International Rising Star Contest. After only a few months of rehearsal, they won the contest and were named the 2014 International Rising Star Champions. The foursome also earned 5th place in the 2016 Sweet Adelines International contest.
Members of ClassRing are: Mary Duncan, baritone, Kansas City, Kan.; Heather Havens, lead, Baltimore, Md.; Hailey Parks, bass, Knoxville, Tenn.; and Michaela Slamka-Johnston, tenor, Fort Myers, Fla.
The quartet will perform as part of the annual fall concert by Heart of Illinois Chorus, one of 700 choruses that is a member of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to women’s a cappella four-part harmony arranged in a barbershop style. This year’s concert is titled Hearts’ Tropical Getaway. The HOI Chorus has been regional champions four times, which qualified the group to compete on the International stage in Salt Lake City (1990), Indianapolis (1993), Phoenix (2003) and Calgary, Alberta, Canada (2007).
The Heart of Illinois Chorus was chartered on January 13, 1982. The group is led by director Lora Wright.
The Heart of Illinois Chorus is supported as an in-residence ensemble by the Arts at ICC, which has a rich history of enhancing the arts community and expanding education beyond the classroom. Arts at ICC presents more than 500 exhibits, performances, lectures, rehearsals, meetings, master classes, clinics, seminars, receptions, orientations, forums, auditions and tournaments annually.
Tickets cost $12 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens; admission is free for children 10 and under. Tickets can be purchased online at ArtsAtICC.com. Tickets are also available at the ICC Performing Arts Center Box Office in person or by phone at (309) 694-5136.