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Pentatonix

Pentatonix are a cappella sensations and winners of NBC’S The Sing Off. The group will perform Wednesday, September 19 at 8:00 PM at the The Kentucky Center, Bomhard Theater. The group’s music will feature Governor’s School for the Arts Alumnus Kevin Olusola.

Pentatonix is an a cappella group of five vocalists, Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado and Mitch Grassi (lead singers), and Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola (bass and percussion), originating from Arlington, Texas. The group won the third season of The Sing-Off on November 28, 2011 broadcast on NBC, singing an a cappella arrangement of “Eye of the Tiger”. Pentatonix won $200,000 and a recording contract with Sony.

Scott, Kirstie and Mitch went to high school together at Martin High School in Arlington, Texas, where they formed a trio that began performing locally. The bass and percussion section (AVi & Kevin) were added when they decided to enter the Sing Off. Hoying met Avriel “Avi” Kaplan through a mutual friend and the trio found Kevin Olusola on YouTube, as he was beatboxing and playing his cello. Kevin is a native of Owensboro, KY.

Pentatonix, as suggested by Kevin Olusola, is named after the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave. The group believed that the scale’s five notes matched their membership. They replaced the last letter with an ‘x’ to make it more appealing. The quintet derives its influences from pop, dubstep, electro, reggae and hip-hop.