Michael Diambri, A&E Writer
Video by Ian Smith
Harmonizing until kingdom come, Pacific Lutheran University’s a cappella groups HERmonic and PLUtonic graced the stage at 8 p.m. Oct. 29 in Lagerquist Concert Hall.
Each a cappella group sang seven songs and captivated audiences with melodious harmonies and engaging performances.
Both groups accepted donations that went toward funding this year’s trip to the International Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA).Both groups have done well at ICCA — last year, HERmonic sang in semi-finals.
Having singers with range that would make Mariah Carey jealous, PLUtonic really brought their great vocal technique to Lagerquist Wednesday night.
PLUtonic shined in their second set with a wildly entertaining rendition of “Rude” by Magic!, when they brought a young lady onto the stage and serenaded her.
The entire audience laughed and swayed along.
Clearly, this group of young men put a lot of effort into their presentations.
“It’s a brotherhood, a family,” senior Matt Serino said. “Shows are hard to put on sometimes but it’s amazing, and being with these guys is worth it.”
Serino is right. PLUtonic was amazing and the crowd agreed.
“The PLUtonic men had great stage presence and cheered each other on,” first-year Sophia Mahr said. “It was wonderful to be in that atmosphere – it really felt like they were making the audience a part of the show.”
HERmonic strutted their stuff on the stage dressed in black attire and laced in sparkling jewelry.
Their jewelry was not the only thing that shone on the stage: HERmonic showed the PLU community why they are one of the area’s premier collegiate a cappella groups.
Creatively presenting renditions of songs such as “Girls Chase Boys” by Ingrid Michaelson and “Human” by Christina Perri, HERmonic captivated audiences with their sexy, stunning voices.
Sophomore Kiana Norman performed the Ariana Grande song “Break Free” to perfection.
“[My performance was] super fun, but crazy!” Norman said.
Another great performance by HERmonic was a solo from junior Denae McGaha, who soulfully sang “I Choose You.”
HERmonic capped off the show with a fun, flirty and Halloween-themed performance of Rihanna’s “Disturbia,” a perfect a cappella song.
These girls clearly work hard on their harmonies and are all extremely gifted young ladies.
Similar to the brotherhood of PLUtonic, HERmonic has formed a sisterhood.
“I am so blessed to be given the wonderful opportunity to sing with these girls and learn from them,” first-year HERmonic member Amira Beidas said. “They are some of the most talented girls I have ever met!”
HERmonic and PLUtonic are excellent representations of the talented young individuals gracing the stage at PLU. ◼︎