A Cappella for a cause

The sights, sounds of SingFest create high energy atmosphere at charity event

On Saturday, Feb. 15, the Virginia Glee Club presented Singfest, the University of Virginia’s annual charity event. The Glee Club, along with seven University a cappella groups and the Virginia Women’s Choir, participated in the sold-out event which raised $1,700 for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

The show began with the Academical Village People, one of the University’s male a cappella groups, singing One Republic’s “Counting Stars” and a rendition of Little Big Town’s “Boondocks.” Preserving their notorious rockstar performance value, AVP managed to incorporate moves ranging from stomping and clapping to Scottish dancing.

One of the University’s co-ed a cappella groups, the Harmonious Hoos, sang Maroon Five’s “Lucky Strike,” continuing the rock genre with some soul in Florence and The Machine’s “Shake It Out.”

Following the Harmonious Hoos, the Sil’hooettes entered the auditorium with their signature sparkles reflecting the colors of the strobe light. They began their performance by intriguing the audience with Beyoncé’s “End of Time,” and Lana Del Ray’s “Young and Beautiful.”

The Virginia Gentlemen, the University’s oldest a cappella group, then took the stage in their bow tie and blazer combo. Their songs took on a military trend with “Soldier” by Gavin Degraw and Ben Folds Five’s “Army,” which involved the audience as the soloist encouraged the two sections of the auditorium to battle it out in loud renditions of the repetitive “ba da ba.”

Hoos in Treble revived the pop approach with Ellie Goulding’s “In My City” and Lorde’s “Royals.” Along with the exceptional soloists taking center stage, an animated beat boxer stood stage left, emanating such charisma the audience’s attention was often divided between her and the soloists.

In their black and blue ensemble, the New Dominions began their performance with a humorous spin on He Man’s “What’s Going On?” After the lively and comical rendition of their opener, the New Dominions slowed things down with Paramore’s “I’m Still Into You,” taking their performance for an alternative spin.

The Virginia Belles looked classy in black dresses, singing “Team” by Lorde and “Torpedo” by Jillette Johnson. Their soothing voices created a welcome calming effect after the previously high-energy songs.

Per usual, the Hullabahoos wowed with their hit rendition of One Direction’s “Story Of My Life,” capping the night’s a cappella performances.

The Virginia Women’s Choir and the Virginia Glee Club wrapped up the night with more classical and traditional pieces. The Virginia Women’s Choir surprised the audience with “Chili Con Carne,” a fun, energetic piece very different from their typical canon. Finally, the Virginia Glee Club concluded with a wide variety of pieces, ranging from traditional African and Korean songs to “Virginia Hail, All, Hail” and the “Good Ol’ Song.”

Published February 17, 2014 in FP test, Arts and Entertainment, tableau

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