A Cappella Rush Concert expands venues
Eight student a cappella groups show off their talents
Published: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 8, 2013 22:09
The University of Connecticut showed off its love of the musical arts Friday evening, putting on an A Cappella Rush concert in the Student Union Theater to showcase the eight individualistically talented acts.
The event, organized as far back as April, was planned for the Student Union Theater at 6:30 p.m. Friday evening. This year, the groups opened up a second venue in the Student Union Ballroom.
The first group to take the stage was Extreme Measures, a co-ed group. They performed a total of 3 songs from various genres. The male soloist featured in their final song “You’re a Rich Girl” had the audience cheering and clapping by the end.
The next group was an all-female ensemble, The Chordials. With a total of five members as well as a guest alumnus to round out the sound, their ability to blend with so few members was impressive.
The third group to perform, A Minor was another co-ed group. They performed two songs, including Coldplay’s “Fix You” with yet another strong male soloist, whose smooth and mellow vocals were very similar to Coldplay’s front man, Chris Martin.
The fourth group to perform was the first all male group on campus as well as to perform that evening, a Completely Different Note (CDN). This quirky group of young men came out in matching blazers paired with an array of colored shirts. There first performance was Trey Songz’ “I don’t love you anymore,” and they engaged the audience by having the soloist sing directly to a young lady in the front. In their final song, “Midnight Train to Georgia” they added a cute choreography that had the audience laughing.
The Rolling Tones followed CDN, as the third co-ed group of the evening. They took the room by storm with their power vocals and a cappella adaptation of Smashmouth’s “I’m A Believer”.
Ruby Fruit, the sixth group of the night was also all-female. They performed two songs, both with rhythmic gusto and pop influence. People from the audience began cheering for the soloists Emily Beaulieu, Merilee Sader and Abby Garneau, who sang their parts wonderfully.
The final two groups of the evening were Notes Over Storrs, a co-ed ensemble, and finally the highly anticipated, Conn Men.
Notes Over Storrs’ rendition of “The Scientist” by Coldplay featuring Michael Mei as the soloist, was a revelation that competed with the original.
Conn Men, unlike the other groups, took a more traditional route with their repertoire for the evening. Choosing the song “Freedom” from Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 film “Django Unchained” the folk inspired song featured two soloists, Will Leet and Thomas Jordan. Despite not choosing a pop song to showcase their talents, Conn Men received a standing ovation from some members of the audience.
Auditions are being held for membership to all eight groups, Monday at 6 p.m. in the Music Building.