By Catherine Wang '13Staff Writer
On April 2, a cappella group Midnight Echo hosted the seventh annual Human Symphony A
Cappella Festival. Held on Pomona College’s SCC South Lawn, the performances were filled with spectacular voices, unfettered by instruments and unaltered by software such that their high caliber could be showcased in a way rarely heard in mainstream music. It was a must-hear.
Host group Midnight Echo performed in addition to fellow Claremont Colleges’ a cappella groups
After School Specials, Women’s Blue and White, Kosher Chords, Men’s Blue and White, Claremont Shades, 9th Street Hooligans and Mood Swing. There were also four off-campus groups at the festival:
Cal Tech’s Out of Context, Cal Tech’s Fluid Dynamics, CSU Northridge’s Vocal Percussion Radio and UCSD’s Acamazing.
Clothed in their trademark silly pants, Midnight Echo started off the concert in perfect harmony.
After School Specials dynamically sang their way through a Beach Boys classic. The sweet Women’s
Blue and White were new and improved with their moving rendition of “Mama Who Bore Me” from the musical “Spring Awakening.” The witty Kosher Chords performed a humorous cover of “Sweet
Caroline” and a brilliant “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway” from “Spamalot.” The classic men’s a cappella group Men’s Blue and White won over the crowd with a country hit, the funny “Cleaning
This Gun (Come on in Boy)” by Rodney Atkins. The Claremont Shades performed a powerful cover of Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and the 9th Street Hooligans did a wonderfully harmonized rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep.” Mood Swing touched the audience with covers of “Before the Fall” by The
Rescues and “Animal” by Neon Trees.
Out of Context was the only group to feature a self-composed song. The Cal Tech a cappella group surprised the audience with its funny and self-referential “Looks Like Another Sleepless Night,” a song about struggling with a problem set. Vocal Percussion Radio, a favorite of the off-campus groups, looked like its members were having a blast singing the Pokémon theme song. Fluid Dynamics’ “I Won’t Say (I’m in Love),” from the Disney animated musical of “Hercules”, floated harmoniously to listeners’ ears. And members of Acamazing performed a flawless duet of Mike Posner’s “Baby Please Don’t Go.”
The Human Symphony was a spectacular concert. The annual festival showcases talented singers in a fun and impressive display of their voices. Be sure not to miss next year’s Human Symphony!