WGBH News and Media Relations


April 9, 2015

WGBH Premieres Local Singing Competition Show

Sing That Thing! debuts April 17 at 8pm on WGBH 2

BOSTON, Mass. (April 09, 2015) – Amateur singing groups from across southern New England are challenged in friendly competition on Sing That Thing!, public broadcaster WGBH’s new original TV series. Hosted by Boston Children’s Chorus Artistic Director Anthony Trecek-King, the program premieres Friday, April 17 at 8pm on WGBH 2.

Sing That Thing! was created to showcase the diversity, commitment and joy of New England’s singing community,” said Liz Cheng, WGBH general manager for television and co-executive producer of Sing That Thing!. “The launch of this competition reflects the popularity of amateur singing and underscores WGBH’s commitment to the local arts and music community."

A total of 23 groups were selected from a field of more than 50 to perform during the inaugural season of Sing That Thing! The participants represent four competition categories: High School, College, Adult Small Group, and Adult Large Group. The singers will perform songs over six episodes, including a live-to-tape finale featuring the top eight groups (two from each category) presenting their unique spin on an original song by world-famous choral composer Jim Papoulis. “Master Class” segments, featuring local music experts like Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart, Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society Harry Christophers, Director of Choral Music at Wellesley College Lisa Graham and Annette Philip, one of the members of Women of the World, the 2014 national champion of The Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival, will offer music tips and insights.

The series features three coaches who advise the groups and determine which will move on to the special finale: Jane Eaglen, an internationally-renowned opera star and instructor at the New England Conservatory; Larry Watson, an educator, lyricist, civil rights activist and professor in the Berklee College of Music ensemble department; and Jared Bowen, WGBH News’ executive arts editor and host of WGBH 2’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only local arts series.

“There is enormous energy and talent that is showcased in this innovative production, not only from the singing groups, but from everyone involved with the production,” said co-executive producer Patricia Alvarado Nuñez. “We are delighted to provide a stage for these groups to perform their best for local audiences and music fans,” said Cathy Fuller, music advisor of the series.

Emerson College broadcasting students were embedded with the Sing That Thing! team, a new production model designed to involve local students in a hand-on, educational experience.  Fifty-nine students worked side by side with the staff and handled shooting in the studio and in the field, sound, editing and post-production.

The finale will be taped on Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5, 2015 in front of a studio  (NOTE: audience only on May 5) audience at WGBH. More information about the series is available at singthatthing.org.

Sing That Thing! is WGBH’s newest original local series. Other local series include WGBH News’ Greater BostonBeat the PressBasic Black and Open Studio with Jared Bowen, as well as High School Quiz Show, produced by WGBH Education, and Front Row Boston, produced by the WGBH Digital Studios division. Sponsorship for Sing That Thing! is provided by The Massachusetts Cultural Council. Additional funding is provided by The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation, New England Baptist Hospital and The Boston Foundation, Melinda and James Rabb, Eran and Yukiko Egozy.

About WGBH:

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.




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