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Bayside Glee Club
Bayside, New York
FOUNDED IN 1944
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Do You Love
 to Sing?
Join Us!

New members are welcome. Come see us at work and play.
Ability to read music not required. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 pm.

 
Conductor
Henry McDonagh III
Accompanist
Joseph Liccardo
 
Officers
President 
James A. Nicholas, Jr.
First Vice President 
Gary Carella
Second Vice President 
John Weiss
Treasurer
Tom Goodwin
Secretary
Joe Ambrosino
Librarian/Historian
Henry McDonagh, Jr.
 
Rehearsals
Day and time:
Tuesdays, 7:30 to 10 pm
Location:
All Saints Episcopal Church, 214-35 40th Avenue, Bayside (downstairs at 215th St. and 40th Ave.; use entrance at rear of building)
Schedule:  
rehearsals for the winter 2014 season begin after Labor Day
 
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70th Annual Winter Holiday Concert
DETAILS TBA
 
About Us
Since its inception as a male chorus in 1944, the Bayside Glee Club has been making a unique contribution to Bayside and the larger community. Each year the club (which is nondenominational and welcomes men of all faiths) presents two formal concerts and from time to time performs for the benefit of area churches, nursing homes, hospitals, and various organizations.

Although the club is centered in the Flushing/Bayside area, singers and audiences come from all parts of Queens, Long Island, and the Metropolitan area.

With over 1,200 selections in its growing library, the club (currently with more than two dozen singing members) works hard to bring its audiences fresh, challenging, and varied programs.

 

70th Annual Spring Concert
Sunday, May 18; 3 pm

program highlights

We took our inspiration for the 2014 spring concert from the rousing glee club anthem “Brothers Sing On,” the theme of this year’s performance. There were solos from BGC members as well as a few numbers by Bayside’s new small ensemble.

The club sang the “Lachrymosa” from Mozart’s Requiem and, in the more popular idiom, selections from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s great musical The King and I.

Also on our program were the folk classic “No Man Is an Island,”  popularized in the 1960s by both The Lettermen and Joan Baez; the well-known Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art,” based on a 1885 Swedish poem by Carl Gustav Boberg, its melody drawn from a Swedish folk song; “The Halls of Ivy,” by Henry Russell and Vick Knight, the theme of a 1950s TV sitcom; and the Harvey Enders art song “Russian Picnic.”

As a premiere the men of Bayside sang “Requiem,” whose music was written and arranged by the club’s own Rolf Haag and his son, Mark, from the poem by Robert Louis Stevenson. There were also some special piano-violin selections from the BGC accompanist, Joseph Liccardo, and his sister and our guest artist, Katherine Liccardo.


2014 Benefit and Special Performances

March 19, Bayside Historical Society

2013 Benefit and Special Performances

April 27, 1 pm - Bayside Arts and Crafts Festival, Bayside Long Island Rail Road Station; free

May 10, 1:30 pm - SNAP Senior Center, Queens Village; free

 
Membership
The club's roster includes men of all ages and reflects the wonderful ethnic diversity of our community. The club welcomes associate (nonsinging) members -- men and women -- who help us in incalculable ways.

We extend a sincere and cordial welcome to any man over 18 who would like to sing and enjoy an evening of fun and fellowship once a week. No previous experience is required and ability to read music is not necessary. Continuing education is a priority and in the interest of ever improving our performances, we provide choral and musical training. Transportation to rehearsals may be available if needed. The club publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep members updated about activities and goings on.

Yearly dues are $70, payable $35 each winter and spring.

Social activities

The club holds occasional gatherings throughout the year, including an Associates Night, usually in the spring, and an annual picnic during the summer. Members, family, friends, associates, and prospective members are welcome. After each concert there is a reception at which refreshments are served; there is also a raffle drawing.

 
About the Conductor

Henry McDonagh III has served as the conductor of the Bayside Glee Club since 2006. He has held the position of youth music director for Saint Nicholas of Tolentine Church in Jamaica, New York. There he was responsible for liturgical and parish events, concerts, and religious services.

In addition to his work with Bayside, Mr. McDonagh has been performing in various bands and genres both nationally and internationally for more than twenty years. His work as a bassist/vocalist with the original band CLOSENUF earned him a Grammy nomination for best instrumental arrangement accompanying vocalist in 2006, 2010, 2011, and 2013. 

For the last decade he has conducted the chorus and orchestra as well as instructing music classes and directing performances at Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School 5 in Elmhurst.

Mr. McDonagh has served as music director to various productions, including Archbishop Stepinac’s alumni production of Footloose in Mamaroneck; All Shook Up for Maggie’s Little Theater in Middle Village; Annie, Jr. at Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School 5 as well as that school's upcoming production of Into the Woods, Jr. 

Mr. McDonagh holds both a bachelor of arts degree in music and a masters in music education from the Aaron Copeland School at Queens College, and has received training from Lawrence Eisman, award-winning composer Bruce Saylor, and jazz legend Sir Roland Hanna.

 
About the Accompanist
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Joseph Liccardo holds a master's degree in piano performance from Juilliard, where he was the recipient of the Joseph Fidelman and the P & A Shaffer scholarships. Even before receiving a bachelor of music degree from the Eastman School of Music in 2006, he excelled both as a chamber performer and as a soloist.

In his first undergraduate year, he performed Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the Eastman Philharmonia, and as a senior he won first prize (and a Steinway grand piano) in the young artist division of the Music Teachers National Association Piano Competition. While a student he also won the John Celentano Award for excellence in chamber music, took first prize in the Jessie Kneisel Lieder competition for piano accompaniment, and performed frequently with his piano trio on campus and in the community.

A year after receiving his degree he began a collaboration with the renowned Chinese pipa player Zhang Hongyan. (The pipa is a short-necked fretted lute.) The duo have performed at Carnegie Hall and at Boston's Jordan Hall and appeared in concerts in numerous cities in China.

Mr. Liccardo, who maintains a private studio, currently performs as a freelance musician and teaches piano privately at both the Lawrence Eisman Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College (where he studied for 12 years with Dr. Donald Pirone prior to college) and the St. Andrew Avellino School in Flushing.  
 
Contact Us
Email (click on name):  Jim Jefts or Joe Ambrosino
Telephone: Henry McDonagh, 718-835-6166
Bayside Glee Club's 2012 concerts are made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.
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