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Plainview Singing Group to Compete on MSG Varsity Show

Talented group of a cappella singers to go up against high school contestants from around tri-state area.

," the talented group of singers from , will be a featured performer on the second season of “MSG Varsity’s Talent Show.”

The Plainview contingent is among 32 of the most talented high school singing and dancing acts from across the tri-state area to be chosen for the show's second season. Nearby, a Bethpage High School vocalist, Nick Tangorra, has also made the cut as a soloist.

“MSG Varsity’s Talent Show” returns to the airwaves on Sunday, April 15 at 8 p.m. on MSG Varsity, Cablevision’s iO TV Channel 14.

“We’ve seen so many talented high school students throughout the audition process, and we’re excited to give these 32 gifted solo performers and ensembles a high-profile platform to perform for their families, friends and local communities,” said Theresa Chillianis, General Manager, MSG Varsity. “Our inaugural season of ‘MSG Varsity’s Talent Show’ generated enthusiastic audience feedback, and we’re excited to see what’s in store for this season.”

During the series, which is hosted by “American Idol” semifinalist Jared Cotter, contestants will vie for the “Talent Show Champion” title in three categories: Individual Vocalist (includes both males and females), Vocal Ensemble and Dance Ensemble. Each week the series will feature eight performances — two from the Vocal and Dance Ensemble categories and four from the Individual Vocalist category.

The audience will have the opportunity to cast their votes for their favorite talent at www.msgvarsitytalentshow.com. Those performers receiving the most votes will advance to the next round.

Winners in each category will be crowned on Sunday, June 3 at 8 p.m. on MSG Varsity.

Major prizes are awarded to the winners. In the case of "The B Sharps," that would mean taking part in a workshop that recreates an actual Broadway rehearsal where students learn staging, choreography and music directly from a show they'll then see that afternoon. The trip includes a special Theater District lunch and chartered transportation.

Like other a cappella groups at Plainview JFK, The B Sharps perform without accompaniment, using their voices to provide all the harmonies and and rhythm. The music is reminiscent of the vocal groups of the 1950s, although the roots of a cappella (Italian for "in the manner of the church") singing go much further back to the Middle Ages.

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