Greenport’s first-ever a cappella music festival will kick off this Saturday in Mitchell Park, featuring a cappella groups from schools across Long Island and beyond.
There will also be seven other groups from local high schools (including Greenport and Riverhead) as well as a group from Hofstra University.
Each group will sing several pieces at Mitchell Park’s outdoor amphitheater.
The festival is the brainchild of Greenport Village Trustee Douglas Roberts, who is himself a former a cappella singer who performed in the Princeton Nassoons while he was attending Princeton University.
“I wanted to have more cultural events in the park in the spring and fall seasons – more excuses for people to come out and enjoy a day in the village,” Roberts said in an interview earlier this spring.
“A cappella is great because you’ve got a group of kids who can make music anywhere, with just their own voices,” he added. “We just need to set up a bunch of microphones and that’s it.”
The festival will begin Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. A rain date is scheduled for Sunday, May 15.
Here’s a full list of groups performing at the festival:
Princeton Nasoons – Princeton University
Hofstra Sigma’Capella – Hofstra University
Greenport A Cappella Choir – Greenport High School
Riverhead A Cappella Choir – Riverhead High School
On a High Note – Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
Rolling Tones – Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
The B Sharps – Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School
Northport Multi-Colored Ties – Northport High School
Northport Multi-Colored Lights – Northport High School