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
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.