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A Personal Performance for Sacred Heart
By Marisa Papa

Staff Reporter

Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 4, 2013 22:10

Pentatonix has proven the only instruments they need are their mouths. On Sept. 25, an A cappella group joined 334 Sacred Heart University students in the Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts for a 2-hour long concert.

Originating as a three-person group on YouTube, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying expanded their group to five people, adding Kevin Olusola and Avi Kaplan.

They first debuted their A cappella talents on the third season of the NBC hit television show, The Sing-Off.
“I’ve followed them since they were contestants on The Sing-Off, so I was very excited to hear they were coming to SHU,” said junior Adrianna Quintiliani.

At 9:20, Pentatonix took the stage. All five members of the band stood on elevated platforms, while a floor-length “PTX” tapestry hung from the ceiling as a backdrop.
Pentatonix performed a medley of old and new songs, from “Video Killed the Radio Star,” by The Buggles, to Katy Perry’s “Wide Awake.”

Between musical numbers, band members introduced one another, letting the audience get to know Pentatonix on a more personal level.

Maldonado, Grassi, and Hoying grew up in community theatre and choir together in Arlington, TX. The trio decided they would needed to add a bass and a beat boxer in order to hit full potential as a group. During their search for a beat boxer they discovered Olusola, a Yale graduate whose talents were just what they were looking for.

During their preformance Pentatonix took a break so Olusola could display his ability of beat box and play the cello simultaneously.

“He was amazing—his talent really brought the entire show up an unexpected level,” said junior Lindsay Seppala.
Kaplan, the bass of the group, was also given a chance to show is ability of singing two notes at a time.
Opening for Pentatonix was The Blended Hearts, Sacred Heart University’s very own A cappella group. This newly formed group is composed of about 20 female students.

This was the girl’s first performance as a group, singing the, “Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream,” mash up from the recent movie “Pitch Perfect.”

“We were nervous because it was the first time we were performing and it was the first time the group presented ourselves to the rest of the school,” said freshman Elise Bean a member of The Blended Hearts.

In addition to being the opening act, The Blended Hearts had the opportunity to meet and talk Pentatonix. “They were so nice and down to earth. We all loved them,” said Bean.

They perfected their talent as an A cappella group, and as engaging performers.

During the show Pentatonix separated the audience into three sections and asked each section to practice a singing part. They put all the parts together, and the audience sang a song with the group.

“It was unique. I’ve never been to a concert where they did an interactive portion so I thought it was fun and was a memorable experience,” said sophomore Lauren Pelland.

Each concert, Pentatonix brings an audience member on stage and to serenade them. This concert, senior Carly Hansen was pulled on stage while all five-band members sang Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” to her.

Besides being serenaded, this night was special to Hansen in another way—it was her birthday.

“I almost started crying when Scott pulled me on stage,” said Hansen. “It made my birthday so unbelievably special.”
To finish the show, Pentatonix performed an encore act of Fun’s “We Are Young,” and thanked the audience for getting them to where they are today.