Blake Ostler's blog
The hallowed halls of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers (SUP) building were invaded on June 1st and 2nd by dozens of fearsome buccaneers sailing in on the S. S. Lida Rose. The pirates, led by Captain Penny Peshell and First Officer Paul Barlow, arrived just in time to start celebrating the 70th birthday of the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus. Both the Friday evening show, and the Saturday matinee, were loaded with privateers, barbershop classic choral pieces, barbershop quartets, and one-legged jokes.
The Statesmen, presenting their 70th annual Spring show as part of their 70th birthday party, were supported by 3 quartets, 4th Street, SLiC City, and Staying Alive.
On Saturday, July 15th, the Beehive Statesmen, under the direction of Penny Peshell and Paul Barlow, held concerts at three different venues, the William G.
2017 Youth Quartet Finals
Top 10 Quartet Finals
2017 International Quartet Champions... "Main Street"
2017 International Chorus Contest...it was fierce!
The Beehive Statesmen's Spring 2017 show was a smashing success, with an audience of nearly 300. The younger folks delighted in songs like "I Will Go Sailing No More, (from Toy Story 2), and "Be Our Guest", (from Beauty and the Beast), while the more seasoned audience members enjoyed old favorites like "Danny Boy" and "God Bless America". The Statesmen's efforts were bolstered by Rocky Mountain District Quartet Champions "The Pine" and by three local quartets, Fourth Street, SLiC City and Deck of Bards.
This Valentine's Day 6 quartets from the Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus acted as cupid by delivering over 100 "Singing Valentines" to folks along the Wasatch Front. In addition, the chorus held Special Valentines Day Concerts for the Veterans at the VA hospital, and for the residents of Silverado Aspen Park Memory Care, and Canyon Park Senior Living in Salt Lake. The Beehive Statesmen, and their quartets, touched the hearts of their audiences and in turn were deeply touched by the residents of all three centers.
It was a special day for the Beehive Statesmen who look forward to 2018!
The Beehive Statesmen Barbershop Chorus had the incredible opportunity to perform at Temple Square in Downtown Salt Lake City, in the historic Assembly Hall.
The audience was vey exepting of the Christmas themed repertoire. Along with many Christmas Favorites this year...the Beehive Statesmen introduced a new song...which speaks to the communication between us all "Text Me Me Merry" Christmas! It was a crowd pleaser! Chapter quartets 4 th St, Gray Matters, and
SLicK City entertained the audience as well. The Beehive Statesmen were treated to a standing ovation at the conclusion of the evening's performance!
Ringing in Christmas was the theme for this years Annual Chistmas Show with the Beehive Statesmen, held on December 5, 2016 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. It was a great evening as the Chorus performed 4 new songs in our Christmas repertoire. Here We Come A Wassling, In The Bleak MidWinter, Joy to the World, and finally...a crowd favorite...Text Me Merry Christmas! A modern twist on our communication these days with our cell phones and interaction at Christmas time with friends and love ones. "Text me, Merry Christmas"...It's the least that we can do!