Gainesville Choruses Sing for First Time in Two Years

Press release from Barbergators Chorus

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The Barbergators Chorus and the Gainesville Harmony Show Chorus are joining voices on Saturday, July 23, 2022, for a pair of joint concerts called “For the Longest Time.” Show times are 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The concert will take place at First United Methodist Church, 419 NE 1st Street, Gainesville. Tickets are available at the door or in advance from any chorus member or on each chorus website.

In addition to the two choruses, the concerts will feature The Phabulous Phlegmtones, On the Edge, Jazzed, and Depot Square, all barbershop quartets made up of chorus members, for an afternoon of barbershop harmony.

The concert will also be raising money for the Helping Hands Clinic, a clinic that provides health care for Gainesville’s homeless population.

“We’re calling the concert ‘For the Longest Time’ for a couple of reasons,” said Dave Jacobs, President of the Barbergators. “This is the first time since the start of the COVID pandemic that we’ve been able to sing together. Our last collaboration was our annual Christmas show back in 2019. So, it really has been ‘For the Longest Time.'” The Barbergators and the GHSC have been putting on joint Christmas shows annually since 2012.

The second reason is that the two choruses learned Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” for a virtual choir project about a year ago.  “Both choruses pretty much shut down at the beginning of the pandemic. Singing was considered a high-risk activity. So, we both had to move our respective rehearsals to Zoom,” said Jacobs.  Since public performances were not safe, the Barbergators started creating “virtual choir” videos to fill their creative itch.

In the spring of 2021, the Barbergators reached out to every choir and high school in the area with an idea to collaborate on their biggest project yet. The result brought over 70 singers together singing “The Longest Time.” 

This concert will be the first “live” performance of the song.

“We’re so excited to be performing together again.”