2016 Spring Show

SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 25, 2016 — Huge, huge shout-out to everyone who made our show a success!

Thanks to our resident theater group, composed of Peter Sparaco, Joe Sparaco, Andy Maltz, Melissa Price, Jerry Wong, Ed Warner and Sean Abel and augmented by Terry Moore, Bruce Bunting, Nigel Endersby, Jim Turner, Andy Maurer, Bob Howd, and Chuck Borrecco. Kerry Kovacevic’s audience prompts kept everyone involved.

Thanks to In Flux, Metrognomes, Bascom Avenue 4, and Boomerang Quartet for filling out the program, and Blood, Sweat, and Years for headlining our show.

Hearty thanks to those others not listed who helped out. Since our show has completed, the ticket ordering links have been deactivated.


Peninsulaires Spring Show


SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 12, 2016 — Tickets for the 2016 annual Spring Show are now available. Audiences are encouraged to boo the villain and cheer the hero in a western melodrama performed by the Peninsulaires Barbershop Harmony Chorus, on Saturday, April 23rd, at the San Jose City College Theater, San Jose, Calif. The Peninsulaires Chorus will perform the first half, "Longhorns, Love Songs & Lawmen: A Tale of Singing Cowboys." Blood, Sweat, and Years, the 2015 Far Western District Senior Quartet Champions, will be featured in the second half.

The show committee has pulled together talent, both within and without the chorus to provide two hours of entertainment for everyone. Joining the cast will be local actors David Headtler, Melissa Price, Joe Sparaco and Pete Sparaco. Melissa Price and Pete Sparaco are veteran actors with the Peninsulaires, both having appeared on previous Peninsulaires Chorus shows. David Headtler and Joe Sparaco are welcome additions to the acting troupe.

The chorus members are playing the role of a bunch of cowboys about to start a cattle drive. Little do they know that the villain Jinglin’ Bart is scheming to steal the herd! Will Jinglin' Bart be successful? Will someone find romance next to Hunter's River? The only way to find out is to purchase your tickets to the Peninsulaires annual Spring Show, 2:00 PM, April 23, at the San Jose City College Theater, San Jose, Calif. This matinee is suitable for all ages. All seats, $25.00. Order tickets at https://www.barbershop-harmony.org/.

The Peninsulaires, Silicon Valley's Barbershop Chorus℠, is expected to retain the Northwest Division Plateau AA Championship for the second consecutive year at the upcoming Divisional Contest in Castro Valley, Calif. on April 2, 2016. Under the musical helm of Sean Abel, the chorus has taken tremendous strides in improving their collective vocal craft with a new "vocal model." The vocal model increases the lock and ring of the so-called "barbershop chord." It is that chord that the chorus holds dear, and will wield in competition against other Bay Area choruses early next month. Continuing the path of excellence, the Chorus presents the annual Spring Show just three weeks later, and promises to delight the a cappella enthusiast of all levels.

In May 2016, the chorus will open their doors to the fifth annual Free Voice Lessons. This free workshop runs seven weeks from May through June, ending with a joint session with the Lovely Ladies of BASC, a local women's chorus. Peninsulaires Assistant Director and Vocal Coach, Paul Eastman leads sessions ranging from the fundamentals of breath control to the fundamentals of range expansion, and more. The Free Voice Lessons will help any singer, from the karaoke master to the bathtub baritone. Many successful graduates of the Free Voice Lessons are now performing members of the Peninsulaires Chorus. Registration is now available at https://www.freevoicelessons.net/.

Blood, Sweat, and Years QuartetBlood, Sweat and Years (pictured, right) is the 2015 BHS Far Western District Senior Champion Quartet. Bill Myers, bass, says that if you get all their feet tappin' at the same time, you've got a contest won. You've also got a mighty entertaining show quartet. Four experienced woodshedders got together to form this fine foursome. The boys enjoy monthly weekend rehearsals at (lead) Les Weiser's house, guided by the fine ear of (tenor) Paul Engel. Bob Cathaway, the 50+ year district champ baritone quips… Remember, BS&Y is a senior quartet. We'll entertain you and even surprise you but you have to…"Catch us While we're Still Alive". Blood Sweat & Years is Left to Right: Bill Myers, Bass; Les Weiser, Lead; Paul Engel, Tenor; Seated: Bob Cathaway, Baritone.

The Peninsulaires Chorus was founded in 1948, making it one of the longest continually running barbershop choruses in the Far Western District. The Far Western District encompasses the states of California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii, and a portion of Utah, and is one of seventeen districts of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America, Inc. (SPEBSQSA). Founded by Owen C. Cash in 1938, the organization quickly grew, promoting barbershop harmony among men of all ages. Just under 25,000 men in the United States and Canada are members of this national organization whose focus is on a cappella music.

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