It's the 12th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert

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BRATTLEBORO >> They're back! For the last 12 Februaries collegiate a cappella groups have made the trip to Brattleboro with uplifting voices, providing respite from winter drear, to help raise funds for the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Dede Cummings first organized the event by inviting the a cappella group from Brown University where her son attended and was a member of the university's Jabberwocks, plus other collegiate groups in which college students who grew up in the area were involved, to perform at the Latchis serving as a fundraiser for the museum. According to the current organizer of the event, BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, this yearly event has taken on a life of its own. It is now considered a prestigious event to be involved in for these a cappella groups, thanks is part to the notoriety of the Tufts Beelzebubs appearances to finish second place on "NBC's Sing Off!" Groups such at Tufts Amalgamates and Beelzebubs have returned multiple times even though there were no local college students involved.

Brattleboro's 12th Annual Collegiate A Cappella Concert includes six undergraduate singing groups, the Tufts Amalgamates, Middlebury D8s, University of Vermont Cat's Meow, Clark Bars, Williams College Ephlats, and Tufts Beelzebubs, who will perform at the Latchis Theater on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Brattleboro Savings & Loan, Twombly Wealth Management Group, The Richards Group, and Brattleboro Community TV. Each group will perform four songs for a two-hour show, including intermission.

The co-ed Tufts Amalgamates and Clark Bars of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, both feature Brattleboro Union High School graduates among their ranks – Aurora Phillips and Julia Stevens, respectively. Rounding out this year's lineup are the all-female UVM Cat's Meow and co-ed Williams College Ephlats, both of which wowed audiences at last year's concert, and the all-male Middlebury D8s making their first appearance in Brattleboro.

The Tufts Amalgamates are making their third trip to Brattleboro. Founded in 1984, the 'Mates are the oldest co-ed a cappella group at Tufts University. For 30 years they have proudly upheld their tradition of musical excellence, their biannual albums raking in awards since 1992. Aurora Phillips is a 2013 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School. She has been attending the Collegiate A Cappella Concert since she was in 7th grade. It was this very concert that led her to Tufts, and she is overjoyed to be bringing it full circle and returning to the Latchis stage with the Amalgamates.

The all-male Tufts Beelzebubs are veterans of NBC's a cappella competition show, "The Sing-Off." The group makes a point of including Brattleboro on its annual touring schedule, which also features performances throughout the country and around the world. The Bubs were the real-life voices of the Dalton Academy Warblers on Fox's smash hit "Glee," and they were the focus of the book "Pitch Perfect," on which the 2012 blockbuster Hollywood movie of the same name was based. The Bubs count among their alumni Brattleboro native Penn Rosen, BMAC Director Danny Lichtenfeld, Putney School Director of Admissions John Barrengos, and Saxtons River physician Gary Clay.

Tickets are available exclusively through CatamounTIX. Prices range from $20 to $35, with a limited number of front-row, VIP tickets available at $75 each. This popular event regularly sells out, so those interested in attending are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. For more information, call BMAC at 802-257-0124, ext. 101.

Contact Cicely M. Eastman at 802-254-2311 x261


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