CAMPUS TIMES - UNIV OF ROCHESTER
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when music tells the story
On Wednesday April 9, Pentatonix (PTX) hit the Buffalo stop on its tour, in honor of its third-year anniversary. For the show, they gave the audience a tour down memory lane. The concert was a stroll along the path that led the group to its place today, covering both elements of the group as a whole and delving into the history of each member.
Next, PTX dug farther into
its backstory. The group’s three lead singers, Scott Hoying, Kirstie
Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, grew up together in Arlington, Texas. They
performed their entry song for The Sing-Off, “Telephone”,
exposing their roots as a group. Then came the addition of Avi and Kevin
to the group. Scott explained how he met Avi, the man with a voice that
could shake the ground, through a mutual friend, and his disbelief at
Avi’s claim that he could sing two notes at once. Avi quickly
jumped in to show off this impressive and unique skill. As everyone
fell in love with Avi, Kevin quietly set up his cello in the back, getting
ready for his part of the story.
When the early PTX found
that it lacked rhythm, it sought out a beatboxer. The audience listened,
mesmerized as Scott explained how the group went on YouTube, searched
“beatboxer,” and found the artist we know as Kevin. At this
point, Kevin stole the show, showing off his personal talent, playing
cello and adding a beat of his own. The talent was extraordinary.
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