Sunday, November 20, 2011

Dan Kempson/Zach Altman wedding; Randal Turner benefit for Chinese Orphans; Barihunk MeetUp in NY - All featured in calendar

We have a lot of wonderful news involving five of the singers featured in our 2012 Barihunks charity calendar. As the holidays approach, make sure to buy your copy now. All proceeds are going to benefit young artist programs. We're still taking submissions from young artist programs who would like to be considered for a donation. Email us a brief description of why you should be the beneficiary.

Barihunk Grooms: Zachary Altman (L) & Dan Kempson (R)
Two of our favorite young artists have announced that they're getting married on Saturday, November 26th. Zachary Altman and Dan Kempson have consistently been two of the most popular barihunks on our site. Altman's shirtless pictures often appear in our "10 most visited" posts along with those of more internationally-established stars. Not to be outdone, Kempson created a sensation with his pictures from Philip Glass' "Hydrogen Jukebox" at the Ft. Worth Opera. His performance also drew raves from the critics. By the way, today is Altman's birthday and he's our special shirtless feature in the sidebar.

The two singers are featured together in our 2012 Barihunks calendar with another singing couple, Jonathan Beyer and Brandon Cedel. Barihunks would like to wish Zach and Dan all the best on their wedding day.

Randal Turner: buff and benevolent

We are total suckers for singers who give back to the community, which is why we have a special place in our hearts for singers like Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Christopher Herbert and Erwin Schrott. The three singers are constantly performing benefits and giving back to their communities in various ways. We can't think of a better way to "lend ones voice" to a cause than with beautiful singing.

You can help this Chinese orphan

We were thrilled to learn that another one of our favorite singers and calendar models was involved in a great cause on the other side of the globe. Randal Turner is currently in China performing the Barber of Seville under the baton of the great Lorin Maazel, which you can read about HERE. He's taking time out of his schedule to perform a benefit concert for the Tianjin International Committee for Chinese Orphans (ICCO) on Tuesday, November 29th. Turner will be joined by soprano Georgina Chakos and accompanist Steve Griffiths.

The ICCO is a volunteer organization that cares for houses Chinese orphans with disabilities. The ICCO has a U.S. site for donations and is a 501(c)(3). You can click HERE to make a much-needed donation during this holiday season. If you make a donation, please email Neil Charpentier at and let him know that you read about it here.

David Adam Moore & Justin Hopkins recording "The Golden Gate"

Lastly, two more of our calendar models, David Adam Moore and Justin Hopkins, unexpectedly ran into each other at a recording session for Conrad Cummings' opera "The Golden Gate." We were lucky enough to get a picture.

The opera is in two acts with a libretto from the novel-in-verse by Vikram Seth, adapted by the composer. It was originally part of the American Opera Projects and received a staged workshop production at the Rose Studio at Lincoln Center in New York City in January 2010. The performance featured David Adam Moore and was covered on this site, as well as reviewed in the New York Times. By the way, Hopkins also was a huge success in the aforementioned "Hydrogen Jukebox" performance in Ft. Worth with Dan Kempson. 

You won't want to miss the pictures of any of the above singers in our calendar. They are HOT and we've been receiving amazing feedback about all of them. Most importantly, we want to thank our readers who have bought calendars for giving the gift of music through your purchase. Any money that we make on this site goes directly towards music education for young singers, whether its from our calendar, tee shirts or other apparel. If you don't purchase a calendar, we'd like to encourage you to send a check to your favorite young artist program this holiday season. If you have a website ( or know someone who does) or if you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please help us spread the word about this project by sharing this link:

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1 comment:

  1. Congratulations to Zach and Dan, and thanks for marrying so publicly. I always read the GLBT wedding announcements in the NYTimes and laughed out loud when I read "both baritones." Best wishes, guys. I'll watch for y'all.