Join the audience as the New England singing competition tapes episodes on
February 7, February 8, February 9 and February 10 at WGBH Studios in Brighton
BOSTON (February 1, 2019) – Sing That Thing!, WGBH’s televised competition for New England singing groups, returns for Season 5 this spring on WGBH 2. Eighteen ensembles representing genres from barbershop and pop to gospel and classical will compete across seven episodes in three age-based divisions. Expert coaches Annette Philip, Anthony Trecek-King and Jared Bowen will guide the groups, offering constructive feedback throughout the season and will ultimately decide which groups will be named the winners in each division and an overall winner in the Grand Finale.
“We are excited by the breadth and diversity of music and performers in our Season Five competition. Nearly all of our New England singers volunteer to bring live music to schools, nursing care facilities and civic events and to people who might otherwise not have access. It makes sense for WGBH to reward this spirit of generosity with a spotlight on air and online,” said Liz Cheng, WGBH’s general manager for television and co-executive producer of Sing That Thing! “The backstories and work of each group demonstrate the power of music to bridge divides and bring communities together.”
The 18 groups are divided into the high school, college or adult singing group divisions. The coaches will select one group from each division, plus a “wild card” group, to perform on the Grand Finale, when one group will be named the overall champion. Episodes tapings take place Thursday, February 7, Friday, February 8, Saturday, February 9 and Sunday, February 10 and are free and open to the public. To attend, RSVP online.
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 and winner of the 2017 International Championship of A Cappella with her quartet, Women of the World; and Jared Bowen, WGBH News executive arts editor and host of WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen, Boston television’s only local arts series.
“Sing That Thing! is a manifestation of WGBH’s continued commitment to supporting the arts in our region,” said co-executive producer Patricia Alvarado Núñez. “I look forward to working with our dedicated coaches, Anthony, Annette and Jared, as well as our eighteen groups to showcase the sparkling creativity, big personalities and skill that come together in the songs produced every day by New England’s vocal artists.”
Sing That Thing! is sponsored by Emerson College, Eastern Bank and Mass Eye and Ear, with additional funding from Eran and Yukiko Egozy. The series is produced by public media producer WGBH, in partnership with Emerson College and with WGBY (Springfield, MA,) Maine Public, New Hampshire Public Television, Vermont PBS and CPTV - Connecticut Public Television. Sing That Thing! will be seen in every state in New England thanks to these partner stations.
Now in its fifth season, Sing That Thing! premieres April 12 at 8pm on WGBH 2. More information about the series is available at SingThatThing.org. Join the conversation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram with #SingThatThing.
Sing That Thing! will air on WGBH 2, WGBY (Springfield, MA,) Maine Public, New Hampshire Public Television, Vermont PBS and CPTV - Connecticut Public Television. (Check Local Listings)
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