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a capella group Pentatonix ready to jam out at The Jefferson
Mark your calendars: The University may be a hotbed of a cappella culture, but it’s not every day that the most exciting act in instrument-free music sweeps through town. Pentatonix is gearing up to jam out at the Jefferson Theater Sunday, bringing their energetic arrangements of top-40 hits to the Downtown Mall in what will likely be some of the best a cappella Charlottesville has ever seen.
The young quintet, made up of Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola — all in their early 20s — formed in 2011 to audition for NBC’s singing competition The Sing-Off, which they went on to win. They have since gone on to transcend their not-so-humble network television beginnings: Their new holiday EP PTXmas immediately topped the iTunes Holiday Albums Chart, and they are currently in the middle of headlining their first national tour.
A&E caught up with
Olusola by email in advance of the group’s Dec. 2 show. (No
instruments were harmed in the making of this interview.)
A&E: How has your group
dynamic evolved since meeting for the first time before The Sing-Off
A&E: You’ve said
before in interviews that you want to become the first mainstream
a cappella group. You’re obviously on the right track —
what steps are you taking to achieve that goal, and how will you know
when you achieved it?
A&E: You guys are all
very young, and you’ve sacrificed a lot to pursue this dream
— do you ever worry about missing out on the typical college
experience? Do you have any desire to return to school in the future?
A&E: If you could go
on tour with one modern artist, who would it be and why?
A&E: What are your
plans for the future — ideally, what will Pentatonix be up to
in two years?