A Capella Group Rockapella to Sing at Center for the Arts

Posted: November 8, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Audiences of all ages enjoy the infectious vocal harmonies of the five-man a cappella powerhouse known as Rockapella. The group will perform two holiday concerts at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 and 8 p.m.

The concerts will feature holiday classics such as “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” as well as popular new pieces such as “Little Mary Snowflake,” and the group’s signature “Snowstar.”

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. 

Composed of tenors Scott Leonard, Kevin Wright and John K. Brown, bass George Baldi and vocal percussionist Jeff Thacher, Rockapella first gained recognition in 1991 as featured performer on the PBS television special “Do It A Cappella” by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. 

Rockapella became renowned for their theme song for the PBS television show “Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?” The group wrote and performed original music on the show from 1990 to 1995, entertaining 10 million viewers a week with their seamless harmonies and witty lyrics. Following “Carmen Sandiego,” the group was cast alongside Hollywood stars Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington in their inventive hit family series, “Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child” on HBO; which led to a performance on Whoopi Goldberg’s HBO special, “Chez Whoopi.”

Rockapella has performed extensively on broadcast television, including “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, NBC’s “The Today Show” with Katie Couric and Matt Lauer, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on NBC, CBS’s “The Early Show” with Bryant Gumbel, and CBS’s Orange Bowl Parade.

The group has released seven albums in North America, including the holiday albums “Comfort & Joy” and “Christmas,” and 10 albums in Japan. Since 2003, Rockapella has performed throughout the country with their annual “A Rockapella Holiday” tour.

Rockapella often performs benefit concerts to raise money for everything from music education programs to HIV and AIDS research, from children’s hospitals to food banks. In 2007, Rockapella also collaborated on “Hokie Nation: An A Cappella Tribute,” an album of a cappella music supporting victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Tickets for Rockapella are $40, $32 and $20; tickets for children 12 and under are half price. (Note: Tickets for the 3 p.m. performance go on sale to the public beginning Nov. 10.) Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com.

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