Family, friends and alumni gathered in the Dolan atrium on Wednesday, April 22 to watch the A Cappella Combined Concert, featuring Rhapsody Blue and The Sweet Carrollines, with special guests Streaks in Key.
The two hour long performance highlighted the a cappella talent at John Carroll University and wrapped up their musical season.
Rhapsody Blue opened the show with the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by Billy Joel’s upbeat song, “For the Longest Time,” featuring soloist junior John Park.
The all-male a cappella group continued their first act with song selections including Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks,” with soloist junior Kevin Vogl and “Take It Easy” by the Eagles with soloist sophomore Vinh Trinh.
Sophomore Brian Holler stole the crowd’s heart as he, and the rest of Rhapsody Blue, serenaded sophomore and Sweet Carrolline, Amy Awadalla with The Temptation’s “My Girl.”
Freshman Nick Imbrogno brought the house down with his heartfelt performance of Phil Collins’ “You’ll Be in My Heart” and incredible vocals with “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk.
The Sweet Carrollines then hit the stage, starting things off with their powerful rendition of “Mama Who Bore Me” from the Broadway musical, “Spring Awakening.”
The Sweet Carrollines performed three additional songs including Sarah Bareilles’ “Love Song,” with soloist freshman Kristen Creneti and “My Boyfriend’s Back” by The Angels, while junior Jackie DiFrangia, along with freshman Laura Matteo, sang Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” as a duet.
To conclude the first act, seniors Rachel Distler, Karyn Adams, Meg Silvka and Colleen Williams sang Beyoncé’s “Halo” as a tribute to the graduating members of The Sweet Carrollines.
To keep the audience entertained during intermission, JCU’s co-ed a cappella group, Streaks in Key performed One Republic’s “Counting Stars,” with soloist Meg Silvka featuring sophomore Emily Koritzer.
Rhapsody Blue kicked off the second act with Sam Cook’s “Wonderful Word,” lead by John Park and Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” with soloist sophomore Silas Ifeanyi, while Brian Holler returned with another solo performance singing Bastille’s “Pompeii.”
Rhapsody Blue then asked alumni members to join onstage for the singing of “Good Ol’ A Cappella,” followed by a moving rendition of Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up.”
Seniors Chris Shahen, Christian Cronaur, Scott Stewart and José Esparza brought plenty of energy singing Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” and impressed the audience with their closing 90’s medley compilation.
The Sweet Carrollines graced the stage one last time, singing their “Cups” medley, followed by Elton John’s “Your Song,” with soloists Meg Silvka and sophomore Maria Mikhail.
The Sweets added a Disney song to their set list with “I Won’t Say (I’m In Love)” from the movie “Hercules,” featuring soloist Jackie DiFrangia, while sophomore Ta’Shaun Dorsey and freshman Sarah Grizard sang a duet version of “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.
The Sweet Carrollines closed the show with a mashup of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space,” featuring sophomores Christina Rozman and Amy Awadalla and freshman Laura Matteo as soloists.
Members from Rhapsody Blue and The Sweet Carrollines shared their thoughts about the concert.
Junior and President for The Sweet Carrolines, Jackie DiFrangia, said, “Collaborating with others is always a challenge, but I’m lucky that Brian Holler, the Vice President and Music Director of Rhapsody, was there to help me out. Between the two of us, we were able to plan and execute a concert that hasn’t been matched in recent JCU a cappella history. I couldn’t wait to show off what we learned this semester to the tangible energy in Dolan. I haven’t witnessed anything like that before this concert.”
“My favorite part about our concert was the fact that we teamed up with The Sweet Carrollines,” said freshman and member of Rhapsody Blue, Richie Jenkins. “It’s always nice to see JCU a cappella groups come together on campus. Other than that, my favorite Rhapsody songs were ‘I Won’t Give Up’ and the 90’s medley because I think it’s really amazing to hear everyone’s unique sound compiled into one song.”
Sophomore and Sweet Carrolline, Marie Mikhail concluded, “The concert was such a blast. I am so lucky to be a part of such an amazing group of girls.”
Many hope that Rhapsody Blue and The Sweet Carrollines will continue to perform combined concerts in the future.