A capella groups and dance crew wow audience

Michael P. Labella
Arts & Life Correspondent

The Men and Women for Octaves, Royal Harmony and Urban Beats Crew (UBC) delivered a tremendous performance Saturday evening in the DeNaples Center for a benefit concert to help the local community.

The Leahy Community Health and Family Center hosted the event, which began at 7 p.m. in the Moskovitz Theater, to raise funds and canned goods with the help and generosity of The University community. Attendees contributed either two canned goods or $2 as a price of admission for the concert.

The all-women a cappella group Royal Harmony took the stage first, performing a mash-up of “King of Anything” and “Gonna Get Over You,” both by Sara Bareilles, and a cover of “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne.

The talented women stunned the audience with crystal-clear harmonies backed by the skilled beatboxing of senior Dominica Bianconi. Royal Harmony’s performance featured solos by Dana Fortunato on “King of Anything/Gonna Get Over You” and Grace O’Neill on “Rather Be.” Sophomore attendees Patrick May and Bridget Keenan were greatly impressed by Royal Harmony’s showcase, especially its Bareilles mash-up, May said.

The Octaves did not lose any momentum, but rather sustained the high standard set by the women of Royal Harmony. It performed its “Chick Mix” mash-up, featuring “Alive” by Krewella, “Clarity” by Zedd and “Glowing” by Nikki Williams. It also covered “Geronimo” by Sheppard. The larger group of voices delivered an impressively unified sound, held together by the tempo of beatboxer Jim Gillespie. The Octaves’ performance featured solos by first year Catie Bombard, juinor Jennifer Queenan, junior Laura Power and sophomore Megan Schane.

UBC closed the concert perfectly with an entertaining dance routine. The performancers began in a huddle in the back of the auditorium to perform their customary chant before running to the stage, throwing themselves into an energetic performance choreographed by President Dorian “DJ” Skinner and his UBC officers. The dance crew provided a powerful exclamation point to the end of an already enthralling concert.

Each group delivered a uniquely special performance that made for a very successful combined show. The audience was enthusiastic and extremely supportive of the men and women in The University’s music groups.

“I thought that the performances were uplifting and they give a good name to the Scranton community,” sophomore Armand Giroux said.

The performers also shared the enthusiasm and support for all three groups.

“I feel like everyone performed to the best of their ability. Everyone was great, and it was for a good cause,” sophomore Kristen Pasko of The Octaves said.

Thanks to the help from The Men and Women for Octaves, Royal Harmony and UBC, the Leahy Community Health and Family Center led a successful fundraiser. The proceeds and goods from the fundraiser will undoubtedly do a great service to the Scranton community. The dedicated students of these music groups used their talents to both entertain their peers and supporters and to serve a great charitable cause.

Feb. 27, 2015

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