They might be rivals back on their campuses, but female a cappella choirs from two N.C. universities will make beautiful music together next week in Tarboro.
The Loreleis from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Lady Blue from Duke University will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 22 in Keihin Auditorium, a release says. The venue is on the Edgecombe Community College campus at 2009 W. Wilson St.
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“The Loreleis are the premiere all-female a cappella group at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill,” the release says. “They are named after the mythical siren that enchanted sailors with her voice.”
Established in 1981, the choir performs for campus and Chapel Hill events and tours nationally and internationally twice a year.
The Loreleis also release a album every other year. The newest album, “A Kick & A Wallop,” was released in the spring 2012 and recently was nominated for six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
Lady Blue, which was founded in 1991, takes its name from the title of Billie Holiday’s song and biography, “Lady Sings the Blues.”
“The group’s passion for singing has taken it up and down the Eastern Seaboard, from New Hampshire to Southern Florida,” the release says. “Their most recent album, ‘Off the Record,’ was nominated for Best Female Collegiate Album by the Contemporary A Cappella Society, and Lady Blue was awarded Best Staging at the 2009 SoJam A Cappella Festival, an annual a cappella competition held in the South.”
Neither choir has releases its program, but Eric Greene, the college’s cultural arts director, isn’t worried.
“They have a pretty large repertoire to choose from, both groups,” he said in a telephone interview. “I imagine (concerts are) not quite the same each time.”
The concert continues a series Greene has dubbed A Cappella Night.
Its first concert came in 2012, when the Clef Hangers, the men’s a cappella choir from UNC-Chapel Hill, and The Pitchforks, its Duke counterpart, performed. The 2013 show saw the Clef Hangers paired with Grains of Time, N.C. State University’s male choir.
“This time, for the sake of variety, we decided to invite the ladies to perform for us,” Greene said.
With an eye to the long-standing rivalry between the universities – UNC and Duke compete this weekend in the ACC men’s basketball tournament – concert-goers are urged to show their school spirit.
“Patrons are encouraged to wear their favorite school’s team colors,” the release says. “No matter which side you pull for on the court or playing field, you’re in for great performances from both groups.”
Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for senior citizens and Edgecombe Community College students and staff. Tickets are available at the college’s on-campus box office or through etix.com.
For information, call Greene at 823-5166, ext. 187.