Four men’s choruses will be joining together at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall to present the New England Federation of Men’s Glee Club’s Concert “Brothers, Sing On!”
It promises to be a memorable Sunday afternoon with inspiring performances. If you haven’t bought tickets yet, you can do so online, or you can purchase tickets at the door.
If you’re still waffling on the decision, here are the top-10 reasons you shouldn’t miss this event.
10. It won’t happen again for awhile
The New England Federation of Men’s Glee Clubs once counted dozens of groups in its membership. Today, there’s just one: The Highland Glee Club. While the Federation does present a concert from time to time, thanks to the partnership of some other men’s singing groups in the region (more on them in a moment), the last time a Federation concert was held was in 2012. Don’t miss this one, because you’ll have to wait several years before you get the chance to go to the next one!
9. It’s good for your health
There is a ton of evidence that taking in musical concerts is good for lowering your stress, among other things. Take a couple hours out of your busy week and devote them to relaxing this Sunday and taking in a great community event.
8. The venue
Faneuil Hall is over 270 years old, and the building is a true Boston treasure. You have the opportunity take in a concert in a hall older than America itself. Take advantage of that opportunity.
7. The 19th Annual A Cappella Competition
If you’re able to get downtown a little early, be sure to head to the West End of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace to check out the A Cappella Competition that will be taking place there. From 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., you can hear The Rusty Pipes, The Heightsmen, Suffolk Ramifications and The Charliechords before settling in for the rest of the afternoon inside Faneuil Hall.
6. Rest up after the Head of the Charles
Whether you’re competing in the Head of the Charles or just spectating, Sunday afternoon will be a great time to get inside out of the elements and sit down for a spell. You might as well hear some great men’s voices while you’re resting up!
5. The Apollo Club of Boston
The Apollo Club of Boston is the second-oldest continuously-active men’s singing group in the United States, founded in 1871. The group is also under new leadership, as longtime conductor Flossie Dunn has retired. Steven Lipsitt will now direct the chorus, and we can’t wait to hear them on Sunday.
4. Boston Saengerfest
Easily the largest group set to perform on Sunday, Boston Saengerfest is made up of approximately 60 members. Officially formed in 1991, the group has performed at Carnegie Hall, Sailsbury and Winchester Cathetdrals, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, on WGBH 89.7 FM, and also performed recently at Faneuil Hall.
3. The Highland Glee Club
Of course we’re also excited to perform on Sunday, with great pieces like “Sing Now Ye Sons of Art”, “Sanctus”, “Peace”, and “Susan Brown” on our set list. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t also mention our very talented accompanist, Maxim Lubarski. Trust us, “Peace” combines the piano and voice in a way that will move you.
2. The Coast Guard Academy Idlers
Our special guest for this concert, the Coast Guard Academy Idlers will perform at no additional charge after an intermission at 4:15 p.m. Trust me, this select group of men will entertain you for 30 minutes.
After the Idlers perform, all groups in attendance will join forces for “Let Mighty Oceans Roar” and “Brothers, Sing On!” It’s a finale that will be sure to leave you energized.
1. You won’t miss the Patriots game!
That’s right folks, the good folks at the NFL heard that we were singing on Sunday afternoon, and didn’t dare hurt TV ratings by scheduling the Patriots against us! You’ll be home in plenty of time to see Tom Brady torch the Indianapolis Colts starting at 8:30 p.m.!