BY JESSIE WEISS
The Annunciations, a female a cappella group, returned to campus with a performance on Sunday, April 15. The ladies performed for over an hour in the Atrium of the JC Williams Center, which was packed with students who came to listen and support their friends.
This was the first concert for The Annunciations this school year. Mary
Scott, the business director of The Annunciations, explained why the group was absent during the fall semester. “Our group was too small last semester,” Scott explained. “Over half of the girls were in Austria, including our directors. So this semester we’ve returned and restarted the group again.”
The girls practice once a week as a group, but they also split into smaller groups and practice an additional two to three times per week. The group has auditions at the beginning of each semester, and typically accepts two or three new singers.
The group’s performance began with a reverent setting of the Hail Mary, which was rounded out with beautiful harmonies, causing the entire Atrium to fall completely silent. They then changed the tone and performed Elton John’s “Somebody to Love”, with almost every member performing a solo of some kind.
The song choices were a nice mixture of spiritual and secular. The group sang a song reflecting on the mysteries of the Rosary, and another beautiful hymn, “In Christ Alone”. They also performed a gorgeous and difficult round of “The Chain”, written by Ingrid Michaelson. As for a bit of secular, the group had fun with harmonies of Katy Perry’s “Firework”, and One Direction’s latest single, “One Thing”.
As a special addition to their concert, Franciscan student Joe Tate beat-boxed to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”. The entire set was enormously popular with the audience.
To finish the night, the group sang an arrangement of Disney songs compiled by Amanda Enriquez. This is her third semester singing with the group, and her love of Disney inspired her to arrange the medley.
“It took me about three weeks to a month to make the arrangement and do the editing,” Enriquez explained, smiling. “Altogether, the medley was forty-four pages long and about eleven minutes. I had to cut out five of the songs.”
The medley included classic songs like “The Circle of Life”, “Part of Your World”, “Tale as Old as Time”, and “Once Upon a Dream”. Music was also included from Tarzan, Enchanted, Hercules, Aladdin, and numerous other movies.
“The Disney medley was definitely my favorite part,” said Bethany Gabriele, a freshman in pre-nursing. However, her friend Ryan Gietman was as not sure of a favorite. “It was too hard to pick a favorite,” he said. “Everything was so excellent.”