Nine talented vocalists comprised the roster of the Chicago a cappella performance I had the pleasure of listening to over the weekend. Tremendous musical versatility needs to be experienced, so if you have never seen them perform - plan on it soon.
Over the weekend I was treated to a performance of their splendid renditions and varied interpretations of 21 Beatles songs. We heard their performance on Friday evening and they will be hosting two more evenings of this literal pitch perfect and melodic musical joyousness, so attempt to catch their performances on Friday, April 17th at the Logan Center for the Arts or Nichols Concert Hall in Evanston on Saturday, April 18th.
a cappella music tends to attract an older skewing demo, so this was a relatively sedate crowd, but when you can take 21 songs and twist, turn and rephrase brilliant compositions and make them your own you have contributed mightily to the music backdrop of the city's entertainment landscape.
Kudos to Kathryn Kamp, Cari Plachy, Sarah Ponder, Emily Price, Garrett Johannsen, Trevor Mitchell, Matthew Greenberg, Joe Labozetta and Michael Roemer. The talent in the voices of these nine people makes one believe the music industry may not be playing the same deck of cards it once used.
Their 2015-2016 season also includes the upcoming History of Rock and Soul and a tribute night to Divas (Barbra, Beyoncé and Beyond).
The 21 songs in the Beatles tribute piece included great singing and some wonderfully perceptive background "noises," including whistling and traffic (yes, baby, you can drive my car). They even manage to improve on a couple of tracks. Yes, I am saying this. The George Harrison song, Within You Without You is done beautifully here. Their Good Night may even be more haunting than the original recorded version. Considering I am a Beatles die-hard, this is high praise indeed.
Enjoy yourself for an evening of music in the throes of some seriously gifted music talent. Check out the upcoming offerings at chicagoacappella.org.
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