August 21, 2009
Rockapella, the renowned a cappella group, will perform Saturday Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. at the Luther College Center for Faith and Life.
Tickets for the Rockapella performance, part of the college's 2009-10 Center Stage Series, will be available in the Luther College Box Office (http://boxoffice.luther.edu) at $24 for adults, $22 for seniors age 65 and over, and $15 for youths 4-18. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, Sept. 3.
For more ticket information, contact the Box Office at (563) 387-1357. Box Office is open Monday-Friday, 9-10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; extended hours Thursdays: open until 7 p.m. Tickets may also be ordered online at http://www.luther.edu/programming/boxoffice/centerstage/.
Decorah Bank and Trust is the sponsor of the group's appearance at Luther.
Rockapella uses a blend of pop, soul, rock, and rhythm and blues to create a unique blend of purely vocal music. The group consists of two tenors, one baritone, one bass and a percussionist.
All beats are done using the vocals of the group. In true a cappella style, Rockapella does not employ the use of any musical instruments.
Rockapella received nationwide recognition when they appeared in 1990 on the PBS television special "Do It A Cappella" hosted by acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee. Soon after, the group was signed to write and record the theme music for the PBS hit show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" in which they also made frequent appearances for five seasons.
Rockapella was also cast alongside internationally known actors Whoopi Goldberg and Denzel Washington in their hit family series "Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child."
Rockapella has appeared on television shows such as "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "NBC's Today Show with Katie Couric & Matt Lauer," and "CBS Early Show with Bryant Gumbel."
The group has also performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
The group has produced seven albums for release in North America and 10 albums for release in Japan, and since 2003 has traveled cross-country with their annual "A Rockapella Holiday" tour.
Rockapella is made up of five unique voices.
Scott Leonard is the group's high tenor. He is the main person in the group to create the arrangements, sounds and songs.
Tenor Kevin Wright, who starred in plays such as "Les Miserables," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat," left his New York Broadway stage career to join Rockapella.
A native of Louisville, Ky., John K. Brown shared stages with Tina Turner, Phil Collins and Julie Andrews before adding his tenor to Rockapella. Brown also performed on Broadway, off-Broadway and with Disney before he joined the group.
A former member of the group Unique Attraction, which later became known as Boyz II Men, Philadelphia native George Baldi offers the lone bass of Rockapella. Baldi also performed with various groups around the world for Universal Studios before joining Rockapella.
Rockapella's percussion and drum sounds come from percussionist Jeff Thacher. Thacher received his bachelor's degree in music from Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Rockapella has also performed with the world famous Boston Pops Orchestra. On tour they have sold out venues throughout the United States.
Rockapella is the opening performance in a list of Center Stage Series performances. Upcoming performers in the Luther College 2009-10 Center Stage Series include Reduced Shakespeare Company on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
For more information on Rockapella, visit their website at www.rockapella.com.