2014 Holiday Celebration!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 16:00
The Cranbury Inn, 21 S Main St, Cranbury Township, NJ 08512
Holiday Cheer - Barbershop Style
Start Your Holidays With 
A Song In Your Heart
Jump-start your holiday cheer with your favorite holiday music, sung a capella, by a men's chorus in a rustic setting. 
Bring your family and friends to a truly unique holiday event ...
The 2014 PGS Holiday Celebration
The Princeton Garden Statesmen Barbershop Chorus invite you to join them at the The Cranbury Inn in Cranbury, New Jersey, on the afternoon of Sunday, December 7th, 2014, for their delicious holiday festivities.  
In addition to PGS, you'll also be treated to songs from our Special Guests:
  • Manhattan's own Big Apple Chorus; and
  • guest quartet Up All Night!
This event is guaranteed to create a lasting seasonal memory of song, shared with friends. "It's a great opportunity for couples, small companies who need a holiday party, or larger companies who want to offer their employees and clients a special treat for the holidays," says Jim Danner, PGS President. 
Come  early and grab some actual holiday cheer at our cash bar. Then, starting at 4:00 pm, we begin our festive, cheerful, a capella holiday show featuring the Princeton Garden Statesmen Chorus, the Big Apple Chorus, and quartets aplenty, singing some of your favorite seasonal classics.
Buy your tickets now, and save big. While our door price will be $25.00 per person, for a limited time only, we are offering tickets at $15.00 per person. Bring a group of 10 or more, and the price drops to $12.00 per person.  
For more information and to purchase advance tickets, simply call us at 1-888-636-4449 or visit our website at http://www.menwhosing.org/CranburyShow2014.htm
But there's more! Before or after the show, enjoy a great meal at the fabulous Cranbury Inn restaurant. Just present your PGS Holiday Celebration tickets, and receive 15% off your bill!
This year take a moment to relax, away from the shopping hustle and bustle, and get in the holiday spirit with friends, a great meal, and holiday classics performed as only barbershoppers can.


Big Bucks Raffle 2014


The Big Apple Chorus 3rd Annual BIG BUCKS RAFFLE is under way. Only 250 Tickets at $50 each will be distributed. One FREE ticket for each $50 Donation. Drawing to take place  December 6, 2014 at Norman Thomas High School. 1st Prize is $5,000, 2nd Prize is $1,000, and 3rd Prize is $250.

Tickets are eligible for all 3 prizes;drawn tickets will be re-entered for remaining prizes. Drawing will begin with 3rd prize and work up to 1st. Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. More than one person may sharee the ticket together (write additional names on back of the stub) Winners need not be present to win. Prizes subject to applicable tax laws.  Tickets will me mailed to the donor. If 250 tickets are not distributed by raffle date, the following percentages of total  will apply: 1st Prize 40%, 2nd prize 8%, 3rd Prize 2%. Proceeds go to Big Apple Chorus operational expenses.

Community Holiday Chorus


Community Holiday Chorus

The Big Apple Chorus, NYC’s premier a cappella  group, is sponsoring a unique event for the upcoming Holiday season. All men who like to sing are invited to be part of the now-forming Community Chorus to sing Christmas Carols, Chanukah Songs and other Holiday Music.

There will be limited rehearsals on Monday evenings at Norman Thomas High School (Park and 33rd). Free music, learning CDs and excellent professional coaching are provided to give all singers an exciting a cappella  experience, and the opportunity to perform for their family, friends, co-workers and others in their community.

Interested men should call John at 516-610-5227, or email info@bigapplechorus.org, or go to the chorus website at www.bigapplechorus.org.  Like us at Facebook.


The Big Apple Chorus, an award-winning group, just celebrated its 30th year anniversary. They have performed at many iconic NYC venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Radio City Music Hall,  The Statue of Liberty and Madison Square Garden. For twelve years the Big Apple Chorus performed as the “Living Christmas Tree” at South Street Seaport.


Meet Our Chorus Director: Jack Pinto!

Jack Pinto (Courtesy Old School)The Big Apple Chorus is thrilled to welcome our incredibly talented, long time friend, former BAC member and 2011 International Quartet Champion Jack Pinto as Chorus Director.   Jack utilizes his rich barbershop experiences and vocal knowledge to coach quartets and choruses.

Jack currently lives in Hamilton, NJ with his wife Olga and their son Daniel

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!

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  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.

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!

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 a spokesperson  at 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!


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!  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.

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

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