UW A Cappella presents: The end of term concert
As the term has quickly come to a close, the UW A Cappella Club has wrapped up yet another semester with their send-off concert. The end of term UW A Cappella concert was held on Friday, July 20th.
The show was two impressive hours that featured some exceptional talent, from seven different A Cappella groups. Each group brought something a little bit different, whether it was a beat boxer, intense choreography, or sopranos that were able to reach some powerful notes.
The club started in spring of 2008 by four students in engineering and science. The club has been growing ever since.
Every term starts off with an information session for new and returning singers to see what is planned for the upcoming year. Events throughout the year are also organized by the special events director, Haddie Le-Nguyen.
“All our efforts culminate into our end of term concert,” Le-Nguyen explained. “Everyone looks forward to it, and it is often sold out.”
Haddie is also a member of the A Cappella group, The AcaBellas. The AcaBellas are a 16-piece, all-girl A Cappella group at UW, and were highly anticipated performers last Friday night. With covers from various genres, they appealed to nearly everyone in the audience.
“Our favourite part about performing is how our hard work can bring a smile to the audience,” explained Le-Nguyen. “We can feed off the energy they radiate.”
The girls are known for their traditional red ties and strong voices. They collaborate on choreography, song choice and obviously, their wardrobe.
The biggest crowd pleaser preformed by the AcaBellas was their cover of Justin Timberlake’s 2007 hit, “Love Stoned/ I Think She Knows,” with soloists Nathania Ramsay, and Lauren Shea. When the girls would belt out the lyrics, “She’s got me love stoned and man I swear she knows,” the audience howled. The soloists developed a version of the song that was not only dramatic and edgy, but their distinctive voices maintained a particular feminine atmosphere.
The group finished their set with their version of “Do My Thing” by Estelle featuring Janelle Monáe. This song was upbeat and had great soloists, Lily Horne and Melissa Shi. Their final number was topped off with fanatic choreography. Their five-song set secured them a roaring applause and standing ovation.
The show finished with a group song that got almost 100 performers on stage to cover “We Are Young” by Fun featuring Janelle Monáe. Overall the concert was a success, and very entertaining. The comical MC’s did a great job of keeping the audience laughing and engaged.
The A Cappella Club is currently gearing up for their fall term. The club is anticipating even more singers than this year.
As far as the AcaBellas? Le- Nguyen explains, “We would love to progress in our musicality and diversify the breadth of our performances