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Music director from 'Pitch Perfect' movies brings 'Vocalosity,' a live a cappella concert experience

February 3, 2016

Vocalosity
Chesney Snow and Tracy L.J. Robertson lead "Vocalosity" in a beatbox break. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

A powerhouse group of young vocalists performs a cappella music from a variety of genres in “Vocalosity,” a live concert experience from the music director of the hit films “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20. The evening will open with a performance by one of Virginia Tech’s own student a cappella ensembles, Juxtaposition.

Presented by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech, the performance will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. 

Just as with the world of a cappella, in the fast-paced production, “Vocalosity:  The Aca-perfect Concert Experience,” no genre is off limits. The diverse ensemble will perform a varied repertoire of musical styles, including 10th century Gregorian chant, classical choral, barber shop quartet, and bouncing doo-wop.

The singers will explore the current sound of a cappella with music from The Beatles and Bruno Mars, and perform new arrangements of chart-topping hits that set a new standard for 12-part harmony.

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Deke Sharon, who serves as artistic director, music director, and co-creator of “Vocalosity,” produced NBC’s “The Sing-Off” and served as on-site music director and vocal producer for Universal’s “Pitch Perfect” and “Pitch Perfect 2,” starring Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson.

The performance is directed and choreographed by original “Stomp” cast member Sean Curran.

Also performing will be Juxtaposition, a Virginia Tech all-male a cappella group. The ensemble submitted a performance video for “The Aca-Performance of a Lifetime Contest” and was picked by the “Vocalosity” creative team to serve as the opening act for the evening.

Sharon will lead a vocal workshop for Virginia Tech student a cappella singers during his visit, and a select number of undergraduate student contest winners will meet some of the show’s singers in a meet-and-greet event following the performance.

Tickets

Tickets are $20-45 for general public and $10 for students and youth 18 years old and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Prior to the performance, the Center for the Arts — in partnership with Up on the Roof and Blacksburg Young Professionals — will host a reception for young professionals. “Mix #attheMAC” includes a reception in the Moss Arts Center Cube with hors d'oeuvres, one complementary drink and a cash bar, and tickets for “Vocalosity” for $25 per person.  The reception can be added for patrons who already have tickets to the performance by calling the box office.

Parking is available in the North End Parking Garage on Turner Street. Virginia Tech faculty and staff possessing a valid Virginia Tech parking permit can enter and exit the garage free of charge. Limited street parking is also available. Parking on Alumni Mall is free on weekdays after 5 p.m. and on weekends.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Kacy McAllister at 540-231-5300 or email kmcallis@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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