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February 1, 2017

WGBH’s Sing That Thing! Announces Third Season

Press and public invited to attend tapings as 18 New England singing groups compete

(Boston, MA – February 1, 2017) -  WGBH has announced that Sing That Thing! – the station’s televised showcase of New England’s diverse amateur singing groups – will return for its third season on April 7. Eighteen ensembles, representing genres from Top 40 to Renaissance music to jazz, will vie for the championship title over the course of seven episodes. Members of the public are invited to be a part of the audience on Friday, February 10, Saturday, February 11 and Thursday, February 16 (grand finale).

Participating groups are divided into three categories – high school, collegiate and adult – and perform for coaches who choose the top groups.  In a live-to-tape finale, the top group from each category presents its unique spin on a song of its choice.

“Enthusiastic voices from a wide range of musical genres will bring their talents to New England audiences again this spring,” said co-executive producer Patricia Alvarado Nuñez. “The artistry, harmonies and showmanship of the groups will delight fans of Sing That Thing!.”

The Sing That Thing! coaches are Anthony Trecek-King, president and artistic director of the Boston Children’s Chorus, Annette Philip, a vocalist, composer/arranger and faculty member at Berklee College of Music, winner of the 2014 national Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Championship with her quartet, Women of the World and Jared Bowen, WGBH News executive arts editor, hosts WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only local arts series. Together, the coaches provide constructive feedback to each group and determine which will ones will advance to the next round.

Sing That Thing! has truly demonstrated the power of song to unite people from many backgrounds in creating transformative music,” said Liz Cheng, WGBH’s general manager for television and co-executive producer of Sing That Thing!. “This uplifting program has earned audiences of all ages throughout New England.”

Sing That Thing! is WGBH’s newest original local series. Funding is provided by Eastern Bank and Emerson College. The series is produced by public media producer WGBH, in partnership with Emerson College and with WGBY (Springfield, MA,) Maine Public Broadcasting Network, New Hampshire Public Television, Vermont PBS and CPTV - Connecticut Public Television. Sing That Thing! will be seen across New England on these partner stations.

Now in its third season, Sing That Thing! premieres April 7 at 8:30pm on WGBH 2. More information about the series is available at SingThatThing.org. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Participating Groups and Taping Dates

RSVP to tapings by clicking the date

        Friday, February 10

·   ShenaniGanns (Gann Academy) – Waltham, MA – 1:30pm

·   The Manic Optimists (Bates College) – Lewiston, ME – 3:45pm

·   Endicott Singers (Endicott College) – Beverly, MA – 5:15pm

·   Strawberry Fields (Bristol Eastern High School) – Bristol, CT – 5:15pm

·   NOTEorious (North Reading Academy) – North Reading, MA – 5:15pm

·   Wellesley High School Rice Street Singers – Wellesley, MA – 7:30pm

·   Confirmation – Wellesley, MA – 7:30pm

·   Simple Harmonic Motion (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) – Worcester, MA –      7:30pm

·   The Gentlemen Songsters – Lowell, MA– 7:30pm

                   Saturday, February 11

·   Accent A Capella (Lincoln-Sudbury High School) – Sudbury, MA – 9:15am

·   The Thursdays (Chelmsford High School) – Chelmsford, MA – 9:15am

·   Noteworthy (Emerson College) – Boston, MA – 9:15am

·   Boston Skyline Chorus – Lexington, MA – 12:15pm

·   Cambridge Chamber Singers – Cambridge, MA – 12:15pm

·   The Harvard LowKeys (Harvard University) – Cambridge, MA – 12:15pm

·   Sound Off – Boston, MA – 2:15pm

·   Oure Pleasure Singers – Attleboro, MA– 2:15pm

·   Crepusculum (Berklee College of Music) – Boston, MA– 2:15pm

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including MasterpieceAntiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, ArthurCurious George, and more than a dozen other primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black and High School Quiz Show. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston’s Local NPR®; 99.5 WCRB Classical Radio Boston; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.

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