Vocal Point, Brigham Young University’s nine-man a cappella ensemble that captivated audiences on NBC’s “The Sing-Off,” will headline a Wartburg College concert Friday, Oct. 16.
Wartburg’s Festeburg, a student-led a cappella ensemble with a repertoire ranging from classical choral canon to contemporary pop, will open the show at 7:30 p.m. in Neumann Auditorium. Tickets, which can be purchased at www.wartburg.edu/vp and will be available at the door, are $25 for adults and $10 for youth and those with a student ID.
The following day, the Vocal Point will participate in the Real Men Sing festival, which draws about 600 male singers from throughout the Midwest to campus.
“We are so excited to have a world-renowned men’s vocal ensemble on the Wartburg campus. It is especially wonderful because these young men are still college students, which provides an excellent model of what is possible with music at the collegiate level and beyond for our singers as well as the Real Men Sing participants,” said Lee Nelson, the Patricia R. Zahn Chair in Conducting and director of choral activities.
The BYU ensemble finished in the top five on “The Sing-Off” and drew praise from musician and judge Ben Folds.
“They’re so pro. They’re so entertaining. They have so much personality,” Folds, also the Ben Folds Five frontman, told The Digital Universe, BYU’s student-run, online news site. “But there is this intangible thing — where the singer is completely being himself and is translating something that you can’t even put your finger on — but you know it’s big.”
Vocal Point has released 10 albums, performed at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and won numerous awards.
“Anyone who comes to this concert will be blown away by this ensemble. Their concerts are high energy and filled with familiar songs that people of all ages will love,” Nelson said.