- Communications Specialist
Photo by Tom Broadnax
ATLANTA (Mar. 6, 2012)—Strong voices and helping hands work together as Emory University’s student-led a cappella groups join with the Emory Concert Choir for “Barenaked Voices,” a night of unaccompanied vocal performance benefitting Active Minds at Emory and Emory Helpline, Friday, March 23 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
Now in its ninth year, “Barenaked Voices” began as an opportunity for the student run a cappella groups to experience performance in Emerson Concert Hall, a venue known for its world-class acoustics, but has grown to become a highly anticipated annual celebration. The concert, hosted by Dr. Eric Nelson, Director of Choral Studies, features the Emory Concert Choir alongside Emory’s six a cappella groups: AHANA A Cappella, known for its focus on R&B music; Aural Pleasure, Emory’s oldest co-ed a cappella group; ChaiTunes, Emory’s Jewish a capella group, Dooley Noted, a service-oriented group;the Gathering, an all-female group; and No Strings Attached, Emory’s all-male a capella group. For the event, each group will perform various selections from their own repertoires and join together for a rare showing of the breadth of Emory’s a capella talent in a hundred-voice strong grand finale. Past finale songs have included Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” “Lean on Me,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” and last year’s medley of hits by Queen.
In addition to being a well-loved Emory tradition, donations collected at the concert benefit Emory Active Minds, a student-run mental health advocacy group and Emory Helpline, a telephone counseling and referral service providing anonymous peer counseling and confidential support to members of the Emory Community. Over the past eight years, “Barenaked Voices” has raised over $5,000 for these groups.
“Barenaked Voices” is Friday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, 1700 North Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA, 30322. The concert is free and non-ticketed. Donations will be accepted to benefit Emory Active Minds and Emory Helpline. For more information, visit www.arts.emory.edu or call the Emory Arts box office at 404-727-5050.
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