Rockapella Performs at the Meyerhoff for One Night Only, July 7
Baltimore, Md. (April 8, 2011) - Long before the hit television program GLEE! created a national obsession with a cappella singing, the vocals-only, five-member ensemble Rockapella was entertaining audiences around the world with their full-band sound. Rockapella will perform at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. Editor's Note: The BSO will not be performing on this program. Please see below for complete program details.
Rockapella first gained fame on the popular children's TV show "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" as the voices behind the familiar theme song and the show's resident comedy troupe and vocal house band. Known for their full-band sound, the five-man band has changed members over its more than 20 year existence, and currently features High Tenor Scott Leonard, Vocal Percussionist Jeff Thatcher, Bass George Baldi III, Tenor John K. Brown and Tenor Steven Dorian.
The ensemble's most recent CD Bang features original compositions by Rockapella's members, as well as a bonus track, a cover of indie band Vampire Weekend's successful "A-Punk." Says the Hartford Informer of a Rockapella concert, "There was literally something for everyone to enjoy."
Founded in New York City in 1986, the a capella group, Rockapella, sings original vocal music and covers of popular hits. The group is best known as the jet-thrusters for the 295 episodes of the PBS kids television show "Where In the World is Carmen Sandiego?" The 10 million children who tuned in weekly during the show's heyday from 1991-1996 have created a powerful family fan base for the group. The show's theme song is still the group's most downloaded song.
The current Rockapella line-up features Scott Leonard (High Tenor), Jeff Thacher (Vocal Percussionist), George Baldi III (Bass), John K. Brown (Tenor) and Steven Dorian (Tenor). This line-up marks a regeneration of Rockapella whose talents cover a broad entertainment spectrum and are keenly focused on musical excellence.
The group has made appearances on the PBS "Do It A Cappella" special hosted by Spike Lee. They've also guest starred with Whoopi Goldberg. Rockapella's repertoire includes jingles for Folgers coffee and Almond Joy; custom promos for "Today Show" and an appearance on "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
COMPLETE PROGRAM DETAILS
BSO Summer Series: Rockapella
Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.-Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Tickets range from $30 to $60 and are available through the BSO Ticket Office, 410.783.8000 or BSOmusic.org.