Pops concert will feature rap and country tunes

March 29, 2007|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Mercersburg Academy's Octet and Magalia will sing an a capella version of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," among other songs, for the school's Spring Pops Concert on Friday.

The free concert will showcase the school's all-boy Octet, a nine-girl chorale called Magalia and the school's jazz band. A student art exhibit will precede the concert.

The art show and the concert will be at the Burgin Center for the Arts, the school's $28 million arts center that opened at the beginning of the school year.

The concert usually lasts about an hour and a half, said Richard Rotz, the school's music director. Rotz also helped prepare the Octet for the upcoming show.


"They'll be doing some barbershop," Rotz said. "We've even got a bit of country this year."

Other songs in the octet's 25-minute set include the country song "Brand New Girlfriend" and a barbershop tune called "I Want a Girl Just Like The Girl Who Married Dear Old Dad," Rotz said.

"Gangsta's Paradise" is the rap song from the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds," starring Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Octet won the National Championship of High School A Cappella for the state of Pennsylvania in February.

If you go ...

WHAT: Mercersburg Academy's Spring Pops Concert, with student exhibit and reception before the show.

WHEN: Friday, March 30. The exhibit reception begins at 6:30 p.m. The concert is at 8.

WHERE: Mercersburg Academy's Burgin Center for the Arts, on the Mercersburg Academy campus, 300 E. Seminary St., Mercersburg, Pa.

COST: Free

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