SUMMIT, NJ, February 24, 2015 – Summit High School (SHS) graduate Matthew Wong, and the other members of Yale University's a cappella group "The Baker's Dozen," will take the stage as St. John’s Summit Concert Series (SJSCS) hosts its sixth performance March 7 at 7 p.m.
Wong, now a junior at Yale, was a member of SHS's concert and chamber choirs, and performed in the school’s spring musicals: The Music Man, The Producers, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Oklahoma. He was selected to join the New Jersey All-State Choir, which exposed him to larger crowds, performing in Atlantic City and at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark. With "The Baker’s Dozen," Wong’s exposure to diverse audiences has only increased.
“I’ve been fortunate since joining 'The Baker's Dozen' to have performed the national anthem and halftime show at the Staples Center for the Los Angeles Lakers, and performed for the veterans at Walter Reed Veteran's Hospital in Washington DC.,” said Wong. “But coming back home to Summit, as part of this great group of musicians, certainly ranks as one of the experiences that I will be most proud of.”
“We are very excited to be welcoming the Baker’s Dozen,” said Kenneth Bryson, president of the SJSCS. “They are talented vocalists who are able to blend music and humor in a way that I am sure will make them a crowd favorite.”
"The Baker’s Dozen" is one of the country’s oldest and finest a cappella singing groups, having originated in 1947. This all-male group is known for its performances incorporating comedy and outstanding vocals. Their tours bring them across the country and beyond, performing for audiences ranging from orphaned children to heads of state. Baker’s Dozen concerts feature an engaging mix of traditional favorites and contemporary hits, from the time-honored “Loch Lomond” to The Temptations, Neil Diamond, Ben Folds, and others.
The SJSCS sponsors a diverse array of musicians, having recently hosted members of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, and previously presented the Vienna Boys Choir. The organization was established in 2014 as a non-profit, church-sponsored organization whose mission is to bring a variety of musical genres to the surrounding community that will appeal to a broad audience, regardless of faith, background or tradition.
General admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 18 years and younger. For tickets, or to learn more about the SJSCS, visit stjohnssummit.org/concertseries. St. John's Lutheran Church is located at 587 Springfield Avenue.