This weekend, the Sharps of Boston College will be performing in Cushing 001 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Featuring old favorites and new pieces, the Sharps 25th Anniversary Alumnae Concert on Saturday night will display the best from the group’s incredibly talented performers.
Founded in 1990, the Sharps have performed countless times at BC and throughout the Northeast. Their shows have reached audiences across the region as they have collaborated with other collegiate a cappella groups.
Following their founding 25 years ago, the Sharps have remained the only all-female a cappella group on campus and have grown a strong alumnae network. Many former members maintain their connection to the group, often returning to perform in the annual Sharps Alumnae Show.
“This Alumnae Show will be a little bit different just because of the size of the group,” the Sharps musical director, Liz Wilson, A&S ’15, commented. “We really wanted to make our 25th anniversary a special event to celebrate how far our group has come, and so in total there will be more than 80 past and present Sharps at the concert.”
With seven recorded albums, and an 8th underway to be released this spring, the Sharps’ collection of music is impressive. The audience may recognize the group’s classic songs on this weekend’s set list, which runs from the earliest Sharps’ songs to those from their current repertoire.
The first part of the show will feature the group’s older pieces, such as “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Walk of Life,” “Baby I Love You” and “Path of Thorn.” The audience will be eager to hear familiar Sharps’ pieces, including “We Belong,” “Walking on Broken Glass” and “To Make you Feel My Love.”
Following a brief intermission, the second part will highlight newer songs, such as “Unpretty,” “Sexual Healing,” “Breakeven” and “Cowboy Casanova.” This contemporary portion will also be packed with the group’s own arrangements, ranging from a “Pricetag/Where is the Love” mash-up to new senior songs. Each member, past and present, will join in closing the performance with the group’s theme song, “If I Can’t Have You.”
The Sharps 25th Anniversary Alumnae Show will bring the best of the past 25 years of female empowered music to Cushing 001 this Saturday night. Admission is free, so be sure to attend the first half of the show beginning at 5:00 p.m. and the second half at 7:00 p.m.