SACRED HEART SPECTRUM
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A Personal Performance for Sacred Heart
By Marisa Papa
Published: Friday, October 4, 2013
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.”