From dorm room performances to 500 million YouTube views, Sam Tsui lights up the Moss Arts Center stage
September 17, 2019
He has appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and opened for Ariana Grande. Now, internet singing sensation Sam Tsui lights up the Moss Arts Center stage for its annual Student Ambassador’s Choice concert on Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Featuring Virginia Tech all-male a cappella group Juxtaposition as the opening act, the performance will be held in the center’s Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.
One of the first independent musicians to harness the power of YouTube and social media, Tsui and his production partner Kurt Schneider began by uploading videos in their dorm room at Yale University. Their first viral hit was a medley of Michael Jackson songs in 2010, which was followed by the production of their first original album “Make It Up” in 2013.
Tsui has created and grown a social following of over 5 million loyal fans who call themselves the #Samily. His videos, which include covers, medleys, and mashups, have received over 500 million views on YouTube alone. He released his second album “Trust” in 2018, featuring lead singles “Cameo,” “Trust,” and “A Million Pieces.” Now Tsui is back with his new original single, “Gold Jacket.”
Tsui has been able to harness the ever-changing tools of the digital music age to independently create an internationally popular channel, leading to appearances on popular television programs, including “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” He has served as a digital correspondent on “American Idol” and “The Sing Off” and has worked with top brands, including KIA, Mars, Dell, Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Google, Marriott, and Disney.
Turning digital success into success on the stage, Tsui has toured both domestically and internationally, opening for such artists as Bon Jovi, Ariana Grande, and most recently DNCE.
Virginia Tech’s all-male a cappella group Juxtaposition was established in 1994 and has produced 12 albums. The group has been featured on the “Best of A Cappella (BOCA)” and “Voices Only” compilation CDs in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2018.
Tickets are $25 for general admission and $10 for students and youth 18 and under. Tickets can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.
While Virginia Tech students can always attend any Moss Arts Center performance for only $10, the center also offers free last-minute rush tickets for students who sign up for text notifications. To receive these notifications, text “arts” to 31996. Availability of rush tickets varies by performance and tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last in the box office. Virginia Tech ID will be required for admission.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to an event.