By Allie Currie, Contributing Writer
Noisy chatter and excited whispers reverberated throughout Lincoln Auditorium on a Friday night in November as the a cappella group Deep Treble was about to put on their third annual Fall concert. The majority of the audience consisted of UMF students, seated on opposite sides of the auditorium, while the proud parents and family members sat front and center. Approaching 7:05 p.m., the restless audience members anxiously began taking out their cellphones and cameras, eager to videotape and snap photos of the group members they were there to support.
The florescent lighting suddenly began to soften as a sharply dressed member of Deep Treble strode across the stage and introduced the group using a witty comment of how he had lost a coin flip backstage, and now he was stuck introducing the group. In television host-style, the altos, soprano ones, soprano twos, tenors, and bases were invited on stage by section, each one dancing, skipping or strutting out in their own unique way.
The group opened up with the well-known song, “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith. The soothing harmonies and catchy beat was the perfect way to launch the show and build up the momentum for the remainder of the concert. Following this was the pop-rock song, “Centuries” by Fallout Boy, along with, “Work Song” by Rihanna, “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus and “Rumor Has It” by Adele.
Just when the audience least expected it, the performances took a more comical turn as the group performed the song, “Stacy’s Mom” by Fountains of Wayne. The group’s dance moves and matching hand motions to the lyrics of the song easily made this the most entertaining performance of the night according to the explosion of claps and laughter from the audience.
McKayla Marois, a freshman and member of Clefnotes, also enjoyed the performance of the song. “Stacy’s mom was most definitely the funniest part of the concert. It was so entertaining to, one, watch them do funny things, and two, it was clear that they were having fun with it, which in turn made it more enjoyable for the audience,” said Marois.
The number of audience members increased during the ten-minute long intermission, until it was almost a full house. The audience, more animated than ever after the the previous performance, settled in once again to await the second half of the concert.
The prelude to the second half began with the members marching out on stage in two single file lines. One of the basses kept a steady beat to the power-house song, “Bottom of the River” by Delta Rae using a drum stick and bucket. The audience seemed captivated by this performance; all eyes were on the group as they soaked in every second of this rock-solid performance. This song was undeniably an audience favorite, as it ended with loud applause and cheers.
The group sang, “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor next, adding a playful twist to the words, “All about that bass, ‘bout that bass, no ‘treble’”.
Deep Treble concluded with the popular, “White Winter Hymnal” covered by Pentatonix. The soft choral tones of sopranos and altos perfectly complemented the low tones of the tenors and basses, making this song unquestionably the most popular one of the night according to the thunderous claps and shouts from the audience.
“My favorite song was the last song, they definitely had to put some work in on that one with the percussion, and they pulled it off. That was the highlight of the concert for me,” said Marois.
Before the concert, Sarah Carlson, a member of Deep Treble, shared her feelings about performing and how the group has dedicated themselves to being prepared by concert time. “I’m excited! We’ve been working all semester towards this show, and now it’s finally here! We’ve really improved this year and have a great new addition of singers!” exclaimed Carlson.
Carlson also expressed how being in Deep Treble has helped create some memorable, everlasting friendships. “I have made some of my best friends through Deep Treble, and I couldn’t imagine my time at UMF without them!” said Carlson.
Overall, the concert received high praise from audience members such as Marois. “It was obvious that they worked hard for that concert. They did a fine job and they were entertaining,” said Marois. Sounds like UMF’s newest a cappella group had no ‘treble’ putting on yet another successful Fall concert.