The Big Chicken Chorus was formed in 1986, as the Marietta Georgia Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, a Georgia 501(C)(3) Non-Profit Corporation. We are a male chorus that sings four part, a cappella harmony in the style of the close harmony sung by Barbershop Quartets.
The Chapter has adopted an enthusiastic program that includes music education, participation in Society competitions, youth outreach, and service to community. In addition, the chorus takes great pleasure in presenting its annual Singing Valentines program each February 14, a Spring show in April and our Christmas Show in December.
Our performances feature inspirational songs, patriotic songs, and a variety of songs from yesteryear. As our name might suggest, we are serious about having fun and providing an element of laughter and joviality in our performances.
Over the years, the Big Chicken Chorus has entertained appreciative audiences at the Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta Symphony Hall, Centennial Olympic Park, the "Cobb County Jubilee Arts Alliance" series, Fabulous Fox Theatre, the Falany Performing Arts Center at Reinhardt University, the Georgia Dome, the Georgia Fine Arts Center, the Georgia Pacific "Art in the Heart" series, Jennie Anderson Theater, Marietta Performing Arts Center, Stone Mountain Park, the Rialto Theatre, the Robert Ferst Center at Georgia Tech, and most recently at the Lassiter Concert Hall. Some of our more memorable performances have been for the Georgia Music Educators Association in Savannah and for the IBM World Series Seminar in Atlanta.
The Chorus has also performed throughout the Southeast and in many of our nation's largest cities, including: Anaheim, Denver, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, and San Francisco. The Chorus has also performed in Calgary, Alberta and Montreal, Quebec, and in Harrogate, England, as the guest chorus for the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) national convention.
The Big Chicken Chorus is proud to be listed as a "Georgia Touring Artist" by the Georgia Council for the Arts, and has received funding and support from the Allison Artistic Fund, Chick-Fil-A, Cobb EMC, E. Smith Heating & Air Conditioning, the Harmony Foundation, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Marietta Family Restaurants, Marietta Kiwanis Club, Wal-Mart Foundation and its Marietta Wal-Mart stores & Sam's Club, as well as from the United Arts of Cobb, and other public & private donors and advertisers.
Under the direction of Jonathan Riviere the future of the Big Chicken Chorus is bright, continuing the Chapter's proud tradition of pursuit of musical excellence and continuous improvement, all while keeping the Society's spirit of Brotherhood, Family, and Harmony alive and thriving!