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Hoogland Show Brings Irving Berlin To The Stage

Land of Lincoln Chorus

Things went so well with a December performance that the Land of Lincoln Chorus will return with "An Evening With Irving Berlin" this Friday night.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Along with the music, Bob Grant will portray Berlin on stage.

"(Berlin) is quite a fascinating character," Grant said. "Even George Gershwin said that he was the greatest American composer."

The Land of Lincoln Chorus continues to keep the Barbershop style around in the Springfield area.  Gary Davis said it dropped in popularity for a while, but he feels it is making a comeback.

"The story is really the story of the phonograph and the radio. Americans stopped singing and started listening. We thought of music as something that entertains us instead of something we can sing to entertain ourselves," Davis said.

But he added it is regaining popularity, including overseas and among a younger generation.

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