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Ringmasters Visits St. Mary’s Kids

Originally posted at http://bigapplechorus.org/story/2013/04/12/ringmasters-visits-st-marys-kids

The Award-winning Contemporary Barbershop Quartet Serenades and Entertains the Patients, Parents and Staff of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children

(Bayside, NY) – Ringmasters, the 2012 International Barbershop Quartet Champions, recently visited St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside to share the gift of music and harmony with St. Mary’s Kids. The Ringmasters from Stockholm, Sweden came to St. Mary’s following a buzzed about performance on The Today Show, sharing the wonders of a capella singing with both St. Mary’s and homes across the nation.

“Even ts like this allow us to celebrate each of the many special children here at St. Mary’s,” said Jeffrey Frerichs, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children. “Not only does it give our kids a chance to forget about their complex medical conditions and just be kids, which is vital to their recovery, it exposes them to a new experience they might not otherwise encounter – the Barbershop Quartet.”

This visit, in conjunction with St. Mary’s outstanding relationship with Big Apple Chorus, is part of the celebration of the 75 Anniversary of the Barbershop Harmony Society. Ringmasters – all in their early 20s, young, charming and handsome – is not your run of the mill quartet, singing songs from Michael Jackson and The Beatles, while still staying true to classic barbershop.

Ringmasters put on an interactive show St. Mary’s Kids will never forget, introducing the children to a new genre of music with a rousing rendition of the Lion Sleeps Tonight, replete with monkeys, elephants and of course, a sleeping lion, thanks to the performers’ talents and sense of humor.

About St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children
St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children is a national leader in post-acute care for children with special needs and life-limiting conditions. Today one in five children has a special healthcare need. St. Mary’s provides intensive rehabilitation, specialized care, and education to 4,000 children each day in the New York Metropolitan region and beyond through its family-centered inpatient, home, and community programs. A pediatric healthcare innovator, St. Mary’s created the nation’s first pediatric palliative care program, NY State’s first long-term home healthcare program, NYC’s first certified traumatic brain injury program, and offers one of only nine interdisciplinary pediatric feeding disorder programs in the nation. For the third consecutive year, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children has been recognized as a top long-term care facility by U.S. News and World Report. For more information visit www.stmaryskids.org.

Thank you to Leslie Johnson at St. Mary’s for providing this write-up!