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Seg. 1: Battling Climate Change. Seg. 2: Barbershop Chorus Evolution.

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The Central Standard barbershop chorus brings its signature sound to Broadway tunes, the American songbook and commissioned compositions.

Segment 1: Kansas City architect believes we should be in a panic over climate change. 

Instrumental in the formation of the US Green Building Council and its LEED rating system, Bob Berkebile has always kept an eye on climate change. Even as global warming increases, Berkebile believes there is still time to turn things around if we act now. 

Segment 2, beginning at 22:26: Kansas City chorus dispels traditional image of barbershop singing.

From the male quartet in straw boater hats doing a rendition of "Sweet Adeline," barbershop singing  these days is more likely to be a mix of a traditional chorus and Broadway musical.  For the 45 men of the Central Standard barbershop chorus, the goal is to tell a story and take the audience on a journey. 

Central Standard will perform with the Westminster Chorus of California in "One Shining Night,"  7:30 p.m., March 1 at Winnetonka High School, 5815 NE 48th St, Kansas City, Missouri, 64119. For tickets go to centralstandard.net

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.