"The Ten" in Concert "Something to Sing About"
FDU Campus Marks Its Golden Anniversary With Vocal ConcertMadison, NJ (September 18, 2008) — The men’s singing group “The Ten” will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham with a Sunday, Oct. 26, concert featuring songs from the last five decades.
Florham was originally the country estate of socialites Florence Vanderbilt and Hamilton Twombly. In 1958, FDU purchased part of Florham for a second campus, which opened that fall.
Despite its name, “The Ten” is currently made up of 17 singers who have their roots in the 125-voice University Glee Club of New York City, founded in 1894. The Ten was formed in 1979, when 10 members of the University Glee Club banded together to perform. The name stuck, even though the group has had up to 20 members over the years. They are alumni of such collegiate a cappella groups as Yale’s Whiffenpoofs, Harvard’s Krokodiloes and Dartmouth’s Aires. Among the younger members are the sons of two of the founders.
Members live in the New York City metropolitan area, including New Jersey, working at day jobs ranging from law and finance to theater and construction. They sing at benefits, fund-raisers, reunions, galas and other events, generally close to home but occasionally as far afield as Bermuda.
The Ten’s repertoire includes sacred and secular songs, sea chanteys, spirituals, motets and selections from popular artists such as James Taylor and Billy Joel. They mostly sing a cappella four-part harmony, but sometimes sing in six parts or accompanied by piano or guitar. For the College at Florham event, The Ten will sing pieces from each decade since the college was founded. A frequent soloist is Keith Crowningshield, a Broadway performer and physical trainer who lives in Denville, N.J.
The Friends of Florham, a volunteer organization, was founded in 1990 to help the university preserve the historic gardens, grounds and buildings of Florham. The group has contributed to several major projects, including the renovation of Lenfell Hall in Hennessy Hall and the restoration of the Clowney Garden and fountain, which made a cameo performance in the film “The Beautiful Mind.” The Friends also offer lectures and programs to increase awareness of the significance of Florham and its role in the history of Morris County.
Tickets to the concert, at $25, include a reception afterwards and may be purchased at the door. For more information, call (201) 692-7008.