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Tri County Express Friday at Urbanna art gallery

The Tri County Express

In the first of its performing arts series, the Middlesex Art Guild will present the “Tri County Express” on Friday, August 15, at 7 p.m. The concert will be held at the art group’s gallery on 217 Virginia Street in Urbanna.

Tri County Express is a popular singing group bringing its happy combination of golden oldies, jazz, blues and gospel. Dubbed by one fan as “Manhattan Transfer South,” the group has been together for more than 25 years. Membership changes as the lives of the singers change, but several of the current ensemble are original members.

The group has performed for clubs, civic organizations, churches, homecomings, private parties, historic celebrations and charity fundraisers throughout Tidewater from Richmond to Chesapeake. When Tri County Express was featured at a regional high school choral competition (obviously as a role model), students got the message that music goes on after high school and enriches one’s life.

Members of the group are mainly retired, and represent many professions: one rocket scientist, a daffodil grower, teachers, several military officers, hospital administrator, a psychotherapist and a newspaperwoman. Some of the singers have musical training, but most are self-trained and sing for the love of it.

Mary Lirette, the accompanist, has played professionally at the White House, Kennedy Center, Steinway Hall in New York and Symphony Hall in Boston.
Admission is a $5 donation at the door. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The Middlesex Art Guild is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit community arts organization and a Community Partner with the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. Contributions may be tax-deductible. For information about the performance and exhibits, how to volunteer and how to contribute, please call 758-9080.

posted 08.18.2008

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