University a capella groups perform in joint concert

Submitted photo / Armand Giroux
SCRANTON A CAPPELLA was joined by the Ursinus College Bearitones Friday to perform a myriad of pop music favorites. The Moskovitz Theater was filled with University students, excited for a night of song.

Ryan Disdier

Managing Editor

Singing, humming and clapping could all be heard coming from fourth floor of the DeNaples Center Friday, as The University’s a capella groups held a concert.

 

The University’s co-ed and all-female a capella clubs once again hosted the Ursinus College a Capella group for a joint concert Friday.

 

The concert, featuring the Octaves, Royal Harmony and the visiting Ursinus Bearitones commenced at 8 p.m., and ran until 9 p.m. Over the span of that hour, all three groups performed renditions of famous songs, all with an a capella twist.

 

Among the a Capella songs were covers of songs by artists such as Beyonce, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Jay-Z and Rihanna and Ariana Grande.

 

The final song saw the Royal Harmony’s belting out an instrument-less version of The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.”

 

Kayla Walsh, a senior member of the Octaves, mentioned how both groups were pleasantly surprised by the audience turnout.

 

“We really tried to promote it as much as we could on social media. We all tried to share it. That’s usually how we get crowds to come,” Walsh said. “It’s never that big of a turn out. It’s awesome to have that full house. It was a lot of the first-year students in our group, and they got their friends to come out. It’s always nice having Father Rick there, too.”

 

The Ursinus Bearitones performed in a joint-concert with The University’s a capella groups last spring as well. Walsh noted working together once again went smoothly.

 

“They’re always just so nice and easy to work with. It was easy getting in touch with them,” Walsh said.  “Catie (Bombard) reached out to them, and they were once again really fun to work with.”

 

Theron Johnson, member of the Bearitones, noted the enthusiasm level at The University was more than adequate.

 

“We had such a great time with both the groups as a group. We really love going to another school and performing with another group, and being on stage with them,” Johnson said, “A reason we do the a capella is because we like to have fun doing it. We loved the energy the students at The University brought to the concert, too.”

 

Johnson went on to say the Bearitones love to have fun while they are performing. That was clearly on display during the group’s performance.

 

“We always have to get the music down first, obviously,” Johnson said. “But then we try to develop the song and have fun with it, whether that means moving around on stage and doing silly stuff or just going off of  whoever has the solo for that song.”

After visiting The University for the second straight year, the Bearitones would welcome returning for a third time.

 

“As far as we can help it, we would love to return,” Johnson said. “As soon as we finished last year we were excited about coming back. We’re definitely trying to set something up.”

 

While it was the first a capella concert of the semester, it will not be the last. The Octaves and Royal Harmony’s host their annual spring concert May 7.

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