College: a time for experimenting, for trying the latest fads, and using the most cutting-edge technology. Yet, few things are as popular on college campuses as ye olde a cappella club! Though collegiate a capella dates back to the 1800s, its presence on college campuses has done nothing but grow, gaining popularity in the 1980s and even inspiring the hit 2012 movie Pitch Perfect (and its sequel, coming to movie theatres on May 15th). Local audiences will be able to get in on the a capella fun when they join some of the best New England college a capella groups for Pitch! - a concert performed on Saturday, March 7th at 2pm and 7:30pm. Plus, special guest stars The Rockinâ€™ Daddios will perform a selection of a capella doo wop hits, kicking off the show old school style prior to the more contemporary songs of the college groups.
Hosted by Jim Rogato, the show will feature Acappelics Anonymous, a co-ed group from Emerson College in Boston as well as Alabaster Blue, another co-ed group, from UNH.
Marketing Director Lesley Pankhurst says, â€œI have such great memories of watching my collegeâ€™s a capella groups perform, whether it was an impromptu dorm performance or a regional competition. My tween daughter recently introduced me to the movie Pitch Perfect and it was a reminder of those old days â€“ albeit with a lot more off-stage drama and Hollywood spin. But the movie is great at introducing the concept of college a capella to a new generation of kids, long before they get to college. That was the inspiration for offering this concert. Old people like me can relive the fun of college a cappella while bringing the kids along for great family entertainment.â€
It is not known exactly when or where collegiate a capella began. The Rensselyrics of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (formerly known as the RPI Glee Club), established in 1873, is perhaps the oldest known collegiate a cappella group. The longest continuously-operating group is thought to be The Whiffenpoofs of Yale University, which was formed in 1909. The first a capella groups at other American Ivy League Universities include the Princeton Nassoons (c.1941), the Dartmouth Aires (1946), the Harvard Krokodiloes (1946), the Jabberwocks of Brown University (1949), and Cornell's Cayuga's Waiters (1949).
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