While Universal Studios has promised that fans of the Pitch Perfect movie series will have a “Merry Pitchmas” in 2017, what are we supposed to do this Christmas? Catch the premiere all-male a cappella groups from both University of Oregon and Oregon State on stage at Lakeridge High School’s auditorium on Saturday, December 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this Lake Oswego Holiday Concert ($23/Adults; $16/Children 11 and under) are on sale online.
Here’s why this performance will tide you over until the sequel arrives.
- These guys would send the Barden Bellas and Treblemakers home without a trophy. U of O’s On the Rocks has been on the national radar thanks to viral Youtube videos and a run to the semi-finals in NBC’s a cappella competition, Sing-Off. Over the course of their 16 year history, they’ve recorded multiple albums, toured nationally, and performed with such A-list artists such as Boys 2 Men and Kid Cudi. They still find time to entertain their fellow Ducks every Friday afternoon on campus.
OSU’s Outspoken has been around for more than a decade and is currently working on their fifth album, featuring some of the songs they’ll be singing that night. In addition to their gigs, competitions and touring, they perform every Friday at 4:00 p.m. on the Oregon State campus.
- Both groups have a Lake Oswego connection. Local boys done good—Outspoken’s Nicholas Harrod attended Lake Oswego High School and played the lead in the school’s musical, Footloose. On the Rocks’ Erik Baun is a Lakeridge grad and played the role of Conrad Birdie in the school’s production of Bye Bye Birdie.
- Christmas carols will get you in the mood. Research has shown that music can affect our moods and my guess is that after hearing the a cappella versions of some of your favorites like “White Christmas” and “Silent Night” you’ll be walking to your car with a little more “Ho Ho Ho” in your step.
- The more the merrier. Our visiting a cappella choirs will be joined by our resident performance choirs from both high schools—Company from Lakeridge and The Windjammers from Lake Oswego. They can carry a show on their own so there will be lots of star power on one stage sure to delight everyone.
- Proceeds benefit the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center. What better way to celebrate this season of giving than by paying it forward—enjoy a night of entertainment knowing that the money raised goes towards one of our city’s most relied-upon service.
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