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A chorus of friendship for all-female barbershop group

A chorus of friendship for all-female barbershop group

As the owner of a small business in Annapolis, Patti Platt always felt so frazzled and busy that she couldn't imagine taking even one night away to gain a little perspective. Hers, she says, was a life out of sync — or, more aptly, a life out of tune. Then she decided to join the Chesapeake Harmony Chorus. "I used to think there was no way I could make time for something like this," said Platt, 58, as she cheerfully shed her overcoat, did a few vocal warm-up exercises and stepped into a circle of 15 women for a two-hour session of barbershop-style harmonizing Wednesday evening. "Now I can't do without it. It's the night I look forward to most." It...

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