So this post is a little late, please forgive me (Dave I’m sorry, I also owe you $5).
This past Thursday, April 30th, under direction of Mr. Desmond Moulton (the new, passionate director of the Abingtones and Treblemakers for this year), the newly revived and young members of both groups (with some veterans, S/O to Dr. Tom Smith for clarifying) performed at the Abingtones & Treblemakers Spring Sing concert in Sutherland Auditorium.
The Abingtones a capella group and the all-female Treblemakers group went through a sort of re-structuring this year in terms of musical arrangements, director, and members. There were some differences that were acknowledged, all of which were handled maturely and in a professional manner, and the end result was a fantastic group of singers with a respectable and passionate leader that is Mr. Moulton.
At the Spring Sing this year, the group showcased a marvelous set of very unique and cultural pieces of music, as well as some pop well-known pieces that got the crowd bumping (do people still say bumping?). We began with songs like Cantate Domino by Giuseppe Pitoni, Siyahamba (a South African hymn), and Poor Man Laz’rus, which really displayed a variety of cultural and spiritual influences of music.
After some group performances, there were individual ones (solos) that really made the night for the audience.
One solo performance really made me do a double-take. Samantha Ginsburg sang “I will give my love an apple” by R. Vaughan Williams; I had practiced in the Abingtones for a little bit with this singer, and I did not know she could sing so well.
Another song I remember sent chills up my spine because of how beautiful it sounded; it was an Asian piece which really sounded mysterious and sad (you had to be there). Huiting Wu sang “Hou Hui Wu Qi (Won’t Meet Soon)” very well!
One soloist, Helene Ryan, blew the audience away when she performed her broadway performance of a song “Me and Bobby McGee”. I was really blown away and enjoyed this piece.
There was also a soloist who seemed nervous at first but with some motivation from the crowd, successfully and talent-fully (word-check please) finished his piece. Donte Johnson sang “Weight of Love” by Black Keys. Great job man!
And of course the other soloists did a fantastic job as well! There was one part of the show, a song, where the groups incorporated a little choreography into the song which really livened up the atmosphere. In the song titled “Better Woman”, a Trinidadian folk song by Irving Burgie, two groups of women sang how they were a better group of women than the other, while the men’s group stood in the center with huge grins on their faces.
And of course, we can’t have an a capella concert without some infusion of modern day pop. Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars and Happy by Pharrell Williams was sang, while the audience happily (get it) clapped along (get it again).
The show ended, with Mr. Desmond being acknowledged for his hard work and dedication, of which I myself can testify to say is true. He is definitely a hard working and passionate musician, and this type of fervor along with the dedication of the members of the group definitely contributed to an obvious display of a semester-long run of hard work and learning music.
All in all, the showcase displayed everything from French music, to gospel, from Pitoni to Pharrell, and the concert was a great smorgasboard of musical appetizers, with Mr. Desmond as the chef who cooked it all (too much of a foodie analogy here I am sorry). Great job to everyone who participated!