Everyone loves to bellow their favorite songs in the shower, no matter how good or bad their voice may sound. Now, imagine singing in front of a packed house filled with peers, alumni, and parents. Not many have the ability to stand up and reveal their voices to their friends, let alone a packed Swasey. That is why the men and women that comprise Denison’s a cappella groups are students whose talents should be admired, as they were on Saturday during Big Red Weekend’s Student A Capella Concert.
This annual showcase of a capella talent always draws a large crowd, packing Swasey Chapel from the stage to the door, and this year was no exception. “Tehillah,” the co-ed gospel group, started the night off light, drawing in the crowd with its strong vocals and smooth energy.
They were followed by the all women a cappella group Ladies Night Out, who sang a mix of easily recognizable LNO classics and some new numbers like the very popular “Royals” by Lorde. These ladies never disappoint and their beautiful voices were relaxing.
When DUWop took the stage, it energized the room and performed very well. Every performance was fun and energetic. This talented group definitely had a blast performing songs such as “Rumor Has It” by Adele and even a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Decked out in their traditional navy blazers, khakis, and red Denison ties, The Hilltoppers ended the night the only way these men know how. Classic songs, powerful vocals, and a bit of light humor makes up the talent that is the Hilltoppers. As always, the boys invited any Hilltopper alums to the stage for their final song, and while none joined them onstage, one couldn’t help but miss former Hilltopper and Denison President Dale T. Knobel. Maybe he’ll make a surprise appearance in the future.
The student a cappella concert is a great way to kick off Denison University’s Big Red Weekend. These singers, no matter which group they belong to, are all extremely talented. Many even surprised the crowd with how far they could take their voices. This year’s concert topped those in the past, and will leave future Hilttopers with big shoes to fill.