This year, Acappalooza, Emerson College’s annual a capella festival, is bigger than ever, and will be giving back to the community as well.
For the first time, a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to support a local organization. This is also the first time that groups from outside Emerson have been invited to perform in the show.
“In some cases, [the outside groups] have invited an Emerson group to perform on their campus, so this is our chance to return the favor and invite them into our astonishing facilities,” said Joshua Shelor ’17, chair of the Emerson A Cappella Council. “In other cases, a member of one of the Emerson groups has a personal relationship with a member of one of the non-Emerson groups, and their friendship is opening a door for all of us to bond over music.”
The groups participating in the April 1 festival include Emerson’s Acappellics Anonymous, Achoired Taste, Noteworthy and Treble Makers. Groups from outside of Emerson include the Simmons Sirens (Simmons College), Treble on Huntington (Northeastern University), and Upper Structure (Berklee College of Music).
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Music and Youth Initiative, a group that offers support to other organizations running music programs. The organization works with groups such as the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs to bring musical education to communities that might not otherwise have access, Shelor said.
Acappalooza will take place on Saturday, April 1, 8:00 pm, on the Robert J. Orchard Stage at Emerson’s Paramount Center.
Admission is $10 for the general public and $7 for students. Tickets are available from the ArtsEmerson box office, at 617-824-8000, or online through the Acappalooza Facebook event page.
Acappalooza is sponsored by: Academic Affairs, Alumni Relations, ArtsEmerson, Communication Studies, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, Emerson A Cappella Council, Faculty Council, Graduate and Professional Studies, Green Gala, Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Iwasaki Library, Office of Communications, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Arts, Office of the President, Office of Sustainability, Performing Arts, School of the Arts, Spirit of Emerson, Visual and Media Arts, WERS.