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Local chorus brings holiday cheer to senior living centers

Posted at 10:57 PM, Dec 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-07 23:57:56-05

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Sometimes the sound of a nostalgic tune can spark a memory.

An all-male group of local singers is doing just that as they tour across Omaha hitting up senior living centers.

The Omaha Heartland Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus is bringing the sounds of the season to life and reminding some in the audience of past Christmases.

"White Christmas... Bing Crosby," Omaha resident Melba Boone said. "I saw the movie years ago and loved it. A lot of good memories."

Boone, along others at the Hickory Villa Senior Living Community, gathered as the 'barbershop style' group spread Christmas cheer.

"The harmony was great," Boone said. "I enjoyed their choice of songs."

The musical group is traveling to those struggling with mobility and unable to attend holiday shows.

"Some of our songs are not quite new," chorus member Roger Humphries said. "They kinda know all of the words. It's a real joy to see them actually mouthing the words or singing along with us."

Humphries said the Omaha Heartland Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus has been an ever changing group of men for nearly 8 decades.

"We are the oldest barbershop chorus in Nebraska," Humphries said.

For many in the audience, these songs are a countdown to Christmas.

"It's just so uplifting," Omaha resident Chrissy Szeliga said. "It's just beautiful. It's wonderful. It's a wonderful way to start the holiday season."

The Omaha Heartland Harmonizers Barbershop Chorus will be playing a free concert at Presbyterian Church of the Master on 107th street at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 08.