Ringmasters Visits St. Mary's Kids


The Award-winning Contemporary Barbershop Quartet Serenades and Entertains the Patients, Parents and Staff of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
(Bayside, NY) – Ringmasters, the 2012 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, recently visited St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside to share the gift of music and harmony with St. Mary’s Kids. The Ringmasters from Stockholm, Sweden came to St. Mary’s following a buzzed about performance on The Today Show, sharing the wonders of a capella singing with both St. Mary’s and homes across the nation.
“Events like this allow us to celebrate each of the many special children here at St. Mary’s,” said Jeffrey Frerichs, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. “Not only does it give our kids a chance to forget about their complex medical conditions and just be kids, which is vital to their recovery, it exposes them to a new experience they might not otherwise encounter – the Barbershop Quartet.”
This visit, in conjunction with St. Mary’s outstanding relationship with Big Apple Chorus, is part of the celebration of the 75 Anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Ringmasters – all in their early 20s, young, charming and handsome - is not your run of the mill quartet, singing songs from Michael Jackson and The Beatles, while still staying true to classic barbershop.
Ringmasters put on an interactive show St. Mary’s Kids will never forget, introducing the children to a new genre of music with a rousing rendition of the Lion Sleeps Tonight, replete with monkeys, elephants and of course, a sleeping lion, thanks to the performers’ talents and sense of humor.    
About St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is a national leader in post-acute care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. Today one in five children has a special healthcare need. St. Mary’s provides intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to 4,000 children each day in the New York Metropolitan region and beyond through its family-centered inpatient, home, and community programs. A pediatric healthcare innovator, St. Mary’s created the nation’s first pediatric palliative care program, NY State’s first long-term home healthcare program, NYC’s first certified traumatic brain injury program, and offers one of only nine interdisciplinary pediatric feeding disorder programs in the nation. For the third consecutive year, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children has been recognized as a top long-term care facility by U.S. News and World Report.  For more information visit www.stmaryskids.org.
Thank you to Leslie Johson at St. Mary's for providing this write-up!


Up All Night Sings for Their Supper

Up All Night sang for their supper at supercop/security guy Bo Deitl's Christmas party. The party was held at Sparks Steakhouse in midtown manhattan. The quartet entertained the crowd in between the Sinatra sound-alike Karaoke guy's sets, and were enthusiastically received - "youse guys sang good". It was not only a great meal, but it was also probably the safest place to be in Manhattan!

Big Apple Reopens Pier 17

The Big Apple Chorus was invited to perform to mark the reopening of Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. The Seaport is in the midst of rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. This was a free performance given by the Big Apple Chorus to do “our part” to help an important institution in New York City recover from the devastation wrought by the storm.

Here is a video of the chorus singing "Do You Hear What I Hear". The featured soloist is our new director, Jack Pinto.

Also performing was Big Apple's own quartet, Up All Night. Here is a video of them singing "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch". The soloist is their bass, Dan Rowland.

Making New Friends: Welcome to the Fredrikstad Barberboys

The Big Apple Chorus was delighted to have Rolf and Petter from the Fredrickstad Barberboys visit our rehearsal this Monday! Barbershop is often thought of by the wider public as a very American art form, but it is truly international, and these fine singers are part of the worldwide tradition. We heard that the Barberboys will be in the city for just a few short days and have several performances lined up. Rolf and Petter presented the chorus with a Norwegian flag and a framed photo of their chorus, which we very much appreciate. We wish them the best at their performances here and hope to see the Barberboys again soon. Las Vegas 2014, anyone?

Barberboys president Rolf Stordahl, BAC president John Ward, and Barberboys director Petter Spæren

Welcome Our New Chorus Director: Jack Pinto!

Jack Pinto (Courtesy Old School)

The Big Apple Chorus is proud to announce the appointment of Jack Pinto as Chorus Director effective September 17th. Jack replaces Justin Miller who recently moved back to California and has assumed the position of Director for the Masters of Harmony.

While the BAC will miss Justin's smiling face, extraordinary skills and inexhaustible patience—we're thrilled to welcome our incredibly talented, long time friend, former BAC member and 2011 International Quartet Champion Jack Pinto. The BAC is very grateful to the Hamilton Square Brothers in Harmony for sharing Jack with us (he will also continue as their Musical Director). With Jack onboard, the BAC is thrilled to begin its march to the 2014 International Convention in Las Vegas, while concurrently performing at more than a dozen NYC and metropolitan area venues between now and year end.

Want to see Jack in action? Hear his vision for our Big Apple Chorus? Stand on the risers with a bunch of guys, just like you, who want nothing more than to always perform at their very best? Come sing with us!

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