A Cappella Showcase Comes to SFCM November 29
For the second year in a row, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) will host the musical show, Techapella, on Wednesday, November 29. The annual showcase brings together a cappella groups comprised of tech employees to showcase the best vocal ensembles in the industry. This will be the first time Techapella is presented at the SFCM campus. (In December 2016, SFCM hosted Techapella at the Curran Theater in San Francisco.) Renowned a cappella personality and Sing-Off producer Deke Sharon will serve as emcee for this year’s Techapella.
The participating a cappella groups consist of employees from the tech industry’s most visible companies: Googapella (Google), The Vocal Network (Facebook), Songbirds (Twitter), The Square Registers (Square), The Pintunes (Pinterest), The Keynotes (Apple), and Internote (an inter-company a cappella group).
Techapella, now in its fifth year, is one of the tech industry’s most eagerly awaited, inter-company events. The informal, non-competitive concert setting allows for participants to expand the reach of their artistic expression in a friendly, welcoming environment while exhibiting their collective talent in a vocal spectacle that has continually drawn sold-out crowds. In past years, vocal groups have performed a dynamic spread of tunes ranging from the latest hits to pop classics and other favorites.
“We are very pleased to host Techapella at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music,” says SFCM President David H. Stull. “Music is central to life and this project is a testament to the joy and spirit that we all derive from coming together for a live performance. We look forward to continuing our support for Techapella in the future.”
Techapella founders Aaron Roan (Googapella) and Laolee Xiong (The Vocal Network) are inspired by Techapella’s growth. “Each Techapella offers us the chance to promote the creative arts and industry collaboration in Silicon Valley, and gives us the opportunity to flex our artistic muscles in the most affable of environments and with the friendliest of peers,” say Roan and Xiong. “The influences and platforms our companies have are far reaching and we want to do our part in bringing the tech industry and the arts community together.”
Interest in the show has grown, too, with more groups participating this year than ever before. “We may have to get creative with our performance next year, but we're thrilled that there is so much interest from groups around the Bay Area,” says Lindsay Alford, Techapella’s coordinator.
In addition to the November 29 event at SFCM, a Techapella South Bay concert will take place at Fox Theatre in Redwood City, CA on Monday, December 4.
Wednesday, November 29, 8:00 PM
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
Admission is $20 per ticket. Visit sfcm.edu/events/techapella-2017 for more information.
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