Bay Ridge

Rhapsody Players sing for Saint Patrick Academy

November 16, 2015 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Rhapsody Players will sing to raise money for Saint Patrick Catholic Academy. Image courtesy of John Heffernan
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The Rhapsody Players, a group of singers who formed several years ago for the sole purpose of raising money for charity, will be performing at a benefit concert for Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge on Nov. 21.

The fundraiser will take place in the school auditorium, located on the corner of Fourth Avenue and 97th Street, starting at 8 p.m. St. Patrick Catholic Academy is located at 401 97th St.

The concert will feature many of the most beloved pop/rock songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s “from Bacharach to the Bee Gees, Motown to The Mamas and Papas and everything in between,” said John Heffernan, a founding member of the Rhapsody Players.

The members of the Rhapsody Players are John Heffernan, Anthony Marino, Colleen Martin-O’Donnell, Kevin Sweeney, Donna Heffernan, Bernard Smith and Kiernan Hamilton.

They will be accompanied by a six-piece band.

The Rhapsody Players have known each other for many years. They met while performing in community theater groups in and around Bay Ridge, including the Narrows Community Theater and brooklynONE Theater.

The singers decided to form a group to raise money for schools, senior citizens centers, pediatric cancer centers and other organizations, Heffernan said.

This year marks the group’s 10th season. The Rhapsody Players perform an average of 10 fundraisers a year.

Their most recent concert took place on Nov. 13 at the Prospect Park Picnic House, and raised money for the Prospect Park Alliance.

The Rhapsody Players will also perform Jan. 23 at Saint Teresa Church on Staten Island and on Jan. 30 at St. Saviour High School in Park Slope.

“We play the music they grew up with and on most of the songs we are actually better than the original recordings,” Heffernan said.

Tickets for the Nov. 21 concert at St. Patrick are $25 each. For information, email John Heffernan at [email protected].

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