SPOTLIGHT ON THE ARTS: Union and Hamilton in concert

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By Kate Lukas

Last Wednesday, Old Chapel was filled with excited people in attendance at the annual a cappella concert featuring the Eliphalets, Garnet Minstrelles and Dutch Pipers of Union and Duelly Noted and the Buffers of Hamilton College.

The concert started off with Union College’s co-ed a cappella group, the Eliphalets.

Sporting white tops, they opened their set with Sublime’s “Santeria.” With beautiful harmony, the two leads breezed through the song with ease and confidence; it was an ideal beginning selection. Next, the Eliphalets performed “Perfect” by P!nk, complete with the rap featured in the original.

The all-female Garnet Minstrelles performed second, beginning with “C’est la Vie” by Irish girl group B*Witched. The Garnet Minstrelles sang enthusiastically, and it looked like the audience was having as much fun as the performers.

Next, they performed a lively cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab,” once again exuding passion and talent.

Union’s all-male a cappella group, The Dutch Pipers, followed the Garnet Minstrelles, starting their set with Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” and finishing with Boyz II Men’s “Thank You.”

As the Garnet Minstrelles did during their set, the Dutch Pipers enhanced their performances with beat boxing in each of their songs.

Finally, Hamilton took to the stage as its co-ed a cappella group, Duelly Noted, began their set with Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” Their performance was entertaining and their choreography reflected Lady Gaga’s unique lyrics.

Duelly Noted then performed Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” followed by the hilarious “I Wish I Could Go Back To College” from the hit Broadway show Avenue Q.

Duelly Noted closed with “Some Nights” by American indie band Fun. This particularly entertaining piece was mashed-up with K’Naan’s “Wavin’ Flag.” They added their own touch of drama to each number as they not only sang the lyrics to each song, but also acted them out through their expressive choreography.

Hamilton’s all-male a cappella group, the Buffers, concluded the show.

They opened with the Beatles’ “All My Loving,” then performed Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” Billy Joel’s “So It Goes,” Andy Grammer’s “Fine By Me,” and Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life.” The unified Buffers sang with confidence and poise.

The concert proved to be an enjoyable night of a cappella for both the audience and the performers.

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