The Chorus was honored to perform for the Guild of Creative Art and Habitat for Humanity in a benefit concert and art show "Art for Homes" at the Guild studio on Friday evening, Oct. 28th.
A small contingent of the chorus arrived early for a warm-up in the parking lot. Prior to the performance, the men mingled with the arts patrons who were there to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. There was a silent auction of the artwork by Guild members, which raised funds for the building of affordable housing.
An impromptu chapter quartet performed Ain't Mishavin' for the arts patrons. (l-r) Herb Van Note, Jay Nickel, Tom DeBruin, and Ken Hicks.
The Chorus enjoys a relationship with several arts groups in Monmouth County. We were very pleased to work with David Levy and the Guild of Creative Art on this fundraiser.
The Chorus of the Atlantic welcomed students from the Ready Set Sing Program into the auditorium at Red Bank Middle School to jointly rehearsal a new song for the men, Love Me And The World Is Mine. Some students are also learning Jingle Bells and Christmas Chopsticks. These students will be invited to sing with the Chorus of the Atlantic on the Holiday Show December 3 at Ocean Township High School.
The men were honored to perform a few patriotic songs during the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct 16, 2016 for the newly renovated barns at the Parker Homestead in Little Silver.
An article about the event appeared in the Atlantic Highlands Herald:
Even the music during the ribbon cutting ceremony recognized the significance of history. With the Little Silver Boy Scout troop providing an honor guard, the Chorus of the Atlantic, a Red Bank Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, sang the National Anthem and God Bless America, under the direction of Craig Page. In introducing the song, Page pointed out Irving Berlin’s classic was written at the onset of World War I and revised in 1938 as an international war was brewing in Europe and the song was first sung by Kate Smith.
When the Chorus sang America the Beautiful, Page noted the music was composed by a New Jersey organist and choirmaster, Samuel A. Ware of Grace Episcopal Church in Newark.
For more information on the Parker House and its open hours, visit www.parkerhomestead-1665.com
We are very happy with the community response to our offer of Free Singing Lessons. The 6-week course is taught by COA Director Craig J. Page and Matinee Idles Director John T Huetz at Red Bank Middle School on Tuesday evenings. The students were given instruction in the mechanics or singing and breathing.