PICTURED - Members of the Chorus of the Atlantic (l-r) Kirk Thomson, Jim Hawthorne, Terry Schmalzreid, Tom DeBruin, Herb Van Note, Tom Page, Jim Weythman, Allan Dean, Jay Nickel, Andy Ferreira, and Bruce Hanson perform for patients at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank.
RED BANK - Chorus of the Atlantic members, under the direction of Kirk Thomson, gave an outreach performance for inpatients of the Rehabilitation Unit at Riverview Medical Center on Saturday, August 13th.
The men of the Red Bank Areas Chapter routinely perform, every 6-8 weeks, at the unit as part of its outreach to the Red Bank community. Many patients getting rehabilitation and treatment at the unit have stays that last 6 weeks or longer. The performances are a break from the ordinary for the patients and the staff. The men blend their voices in 4-parts to create a beautiful harmonic sound. Many songs were familiar to the patients who heard them Saturday.
The hospital program included seasonal favorites like Under the Board Walk, In The Still Of The Night, and Something and classics like, My Wild Irish Rose and Story of the Rose that kept the crowd engaged. A quartet (Kirk Thomson, Jay Nickel, Tom DeBruin and Allan Dean) performed Yona From Arizona and Ain't Mis'Behavin'.
The patients, some confined to a wheelchair, gave the men a "Sitting O" for their performance, said one man who raised his arms over his head to form a ring.
The chorus performs throughout the year in and around the Red Bank community - singing carols during the holidays, patriotic songs at the annual Red Bank Elks' Flag Day ceremony and fun sing-alongs at the Spring and Fall Red Bank Street Fairs. The group also offers free singing lessons for men in the region. The next class begins Sept 20th.
The chorus will have its next public performance at Monmouth County Park Systems' Long Street Farm in Holmdel on Sunday, September 25, 2016. Free admission.
For details about the Chorus of the Atlantic, please visit redbankchorus.org