With a crowd packed full of friends, family and avid a cappella fans, Plead the Fifth and Demon Divas hosted their Spring Concert in Brendle Recital Hall on Tuesday night. For the senior members of both groups, the night emotionally marked the end of their college a cappella careers with passionate, powerful performances.
The event started off with Demon Divas performing three songs, each with a talented soloist in the lead. Specifically, they performed Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie” and Panic! at the Disco’s “This is Gospel.” Although both of these songs are technically challenging, the Divas effortlessly performed them with robust vocals.
Next, Plead the Fifth took the stage by performing the classic “Good Old Acappella,” “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran and “River” by Leon Bridges. Presidents Kieran Derfus and Jack Sullivan, along with the rest of the seniors, were congratulated at the end of the set for their dedication to the group.
“Plead the Fifth has been a huge part of my college career and I’m definitely sad to see that chapter of my life come to a close,” Sullivan said. “That said, I’m very excited for what’s to come ahead.”
Continuing the rotation, Demon Divas took the stage again to perform “Toxic” by Britney Spears, with a solo from senior Calle Koslowske, Hozier’s “Take me to Church” and an Ed Sheeran mashup that included solos from all four of the senior members. They finished off with their trademark song “And So it Goes” by Billy Joel.
Freshman Marie Anderson joined Demon Divas after she decided that she wanted to keep singing in a wider variety of styles after studying vocal performance in high school.
“Performing with the Divas last night was such a rewarding experience because we have worked so hard throughout this entire year and through our hard work we have established wonderful friendships,” Anderson said.
Before Plead the Fifth took the stage for the last time, the two groups performed “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen together. Sullivan and Demon Divas’ President Virginia Hamilton shared the solos, passionately vocalizing the positive message of the musical’s song.
The night ended with Plead the Fifth taking the stage one last time. Freshman Anthony DeVincentis took on the solo for Khalid’s “Location,” beautifully executing the chorus with the help of the background vocal rhythms. Finishing off with “Say Something” by A Great, Big World, Plead the Fifth left the audience satisfied after an evening of pleasing vocals.