The University of Rhode Island’s a capella group, the Rhody Rhapsodies, will be performing their winter concert in the Memorial Union Ballroom on Sunday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
Over 75 students auditioned for the Rhapsodies at the beginning of the semester, however, only six new singers were welcomed into their ranks. Over the past few years the group has grown dramatically in popularity and talent.
One of the main reasons the group had to be so selective this semester is because they wanted to keep the group small. They have found it is easier for singers to practice and cooperate in a smaller group. This helps the Rhapsodies sing and perform at a high level.
Currently, the group consists of fifteen singers. These singers come from all grade levels and singing backgrounds. The whole group is student run; there are no faculty involved, only dedicated students who manage everything.
The Rhapsodies only host one of their own concerts each semester. They are also involved in many other performances on and off-campus. Earlier this semester, the group sang at the South Kingstown Entertainment Cinemas theater for the premiere of “The Hunger Games: MockingJay, Part 2”.
This semesters winter concert is likely to be the groups best performance yet.
“Everyone in the group has worked really hard to get every song in shape…we really like to practice but we are ready to put on a great performance,” said Patricia Leach, junior chemical engineering student and member of the Rhody Rhapsodies.
The winter concert will be the second performance for the group this year. Admission is free, and there will be refreshments for audience members during the performance.