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Sweet Harmonies

The two dozen members of Suncoast Harmony, a women's four-part harmony group, will start the holiday season Sunday with Holidays in Harmony.

The first half of the show has non-seasonal songs: Sister Sledge's We Are Family, Can You Feel the Love Tonight from The Lion King, and the religious tune Operator, for example.

The second half has the holiday songs: Christmas in Killarney, We Need a Little Christmas from the musical Mame, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas from Meet Me in St. Louis and The 12 Days After Christmas, among many others.

Suncoast Harmony is the local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a 57-year-old worldwide organization with more than 30,000 members in 600 chapters.

The local chapter's members come from Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties. They practice three hours every Tuesday night in New Port Richey (rain or shine) and have won several competitions in recent years.

This year's guest performers are the Wise Guys, the Florida district quartet champions of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (SPEBSQSA). The Winter Park-based group is currently ranked 31 internationally.

Three of the Suncoast Harmony quartets will also be featured: Company B, Out To Lunch and Simply Unfourgettable.

Master of ceremonies will be Nancy Lewis, director of Sound of Sunshine chorus, the Orlando chapter of Sweet Adelines International.

Suncoast Harmony Chapter was started in 1986 for women age 18 and older. Participants audition by attending three rehearsals and singing in a quartet to make sure they can harmonize.

The director is Amy Riddle.