MARION - The Marion Concert Band and Midwest Entertainment Etude have partnered with a host of businesses and organizations to present a revival of the 2010 a cappella vocal music benefit concert, Midwest Vocalfest, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday in Morrill Hall Auditorium, Ohio State University, 1465 Mount Vernon Ave., Marion.
Five contemporary a cappella/vocal jazz ensembles will perform at this musical event, including Tiffin University's Up in the Air, Case Western Reserve University's Dhamakapella, Ridgedale High School's new contemporary a cappella ensemble, Audio Freakuency, New Riegel High School's Jacket Company and Upper Sandusky High School's select vocal jazz ensemble, Upper Class.
The twofold goal of Midwest Vocalfest is to raise funds for area school music programs and to emphasize the importance of school music programs.
According to Thom Richards, director of choral music at Ridgedale Schools and the driving force behind reviving the concert, Midwest Vocalfest is more than a fundraiser.
"First and foremost, the purpose of this event is to bring a cappella ensembles together for a unique and powerful musical experience and to help expose aspiring young vocalists and the community to the art form of a cappella," Richards said.
"There is a pattern of success with music programs on the East Coast implementing contemporary a cappella music offerings into their school's curriculum and extra-curricular activities. Arranging workshops, festivals and core music theory principles can be taught through a cappella," he said.
In addition to the young talent from area high school music programs, organizers are excited to feature two unique and seasoned collegiate ensembles, Up in the Air and Dhamakapella.
Leading the way in contemporary a cappella for nearly two decades, Up in the Air's arrangements and performances have entertained audiences around the Midwest and around the world since 1995.
Up in the Air was among the first vocal groups of its kind in the Midwest, performing high-energy commercial music one-on-a-part and one-on-a-mic with vocal bass and beatbox - a generation before it was the norm for collegiate a cappella groups. Up in the Air has inspired the founding of dozens of collegiate and high school ensembles, and boasts a number of successful professional singers, producers and songwriters as alums.
Dhamakapella is Case Western Reserve University's international music group. Performing a fusion of pop music hits and popular Bollywood numbers, Dhamakapella is a unique meld of East meets West.
Available at the door, tickets are $10 general admission and $9 for those 60 and older. Doors are to open at 3 p.m.