Hosted by the Boston College Acoustics, the sixth annual Acappellafest filled Robsham Theater to maximum capacity this past Friday night. The diverse musical stylings of the BC Acoustics, Against the Current, the BC Bostonians, the BC Dynamics, the Heightsmen, the Madrigal Singers, the Sharps and the Voices of Imani were all on glorious display during the two hour set.
Following a draining week of recruitment, auditions and callbacks, each group took the stage to showcase their fresh-faced talent and new arrangements. In addition to these performances, the founders of the Morgan Center, a non-profit day care center for young children with cancer in New York, graced the stage to show their appreciation and share their mission with the audience. The Morgan Center receives all proceeds of the annual Acapellafest.
The Acoustics provided a powerful performance of “Hercules” by Sara Bareilles to introduce the Morgan Center’s founders. Beyond being an emotionally-charged and enchanting performance, the lyrical message of self-empowerment and strength in the face of adversity perfectly complemented The Morgan Center’s mission.
The Voices of Imani, BC’s only gospel group, similarly tugged at the audience’s heartstrings with their strong voices and spiritual song selection. Their vivacious director encouraged the crowd to clap and sing along to their gospel singing of Kirk Frankland’s “Stomp.”Against the Current, a religiously grounded group, similarly performed spirituals for the crowd.
The BC Dynamics took the stage with six new vocalists and a lighter set-list. The crowd bopped in their seats to the smooth lead vocals of Alexa Kilroy, LSOE ‘18, during an upbeat performance of “You Go Down Smooth.”
"I can’t describe how much I love my Dynams," Kilroy commented following the performance. "Something really magical happens whenever we’re together. I feel like the reason our music is so cohesive is because we care so much not only about the music, but each other as well."
The Heightsmen and the Sharps then competed for the spotlight as BC’s only single-gendered groups. The crowd fawned at the Heightsmen’s newest arrangement of The Weeknd’s “Earned It.” The Sharps followed up with one of the only mash-ups sung all night, a mix of MKTO’s “Classic” and the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back.”
Unlike the contemporary focus of the other performers, the Madrigal singers changed the pace of the night with a sampling of Renaissance music. Their old Italian lyrics and classical voices intrigued the audience with a different sound.
Before the Acoustics closed out the night, the Bostonians hyped the crowd one last time. To say that every audience member fan-girled when Ben Stevens, Bostonian member and Juice vocalist, sang a Sam Smith cover is a dramatic understatement. The group ended their set on a high note with a mash-up of today’s most popular hits.
With an immense assortment of performers and genres, Acappellafest appealed to any and all music tastes. The collaborative show started the semester on a high note for every music-lover on campus.