Many students would like a ‘top 40’ musical artist to visit campus, but one group delivered a similar experience without the hassle and cost.
Encore, a registered student organization, performed popular musical hits Friday and Saturday in the Malcolm Field Theatre for its Spring Spectacular program.
Encore combines choreography, instrumental and vocal talent to perform musical hits popular in time periods as far back as the 1970s.
The group was formed with influence of shows such as “American Idol” and “Glee.” Students who were involved with performing in high school came together because they wanted to continue their involvements.
“I love that we’re people from all over performing songs we all grew up to,” said Steven Gould, accounting senior and president of Encore.
The group’s introduction performance was a choreographed performance of 1980s “Rhythm Nation,” by Janet Jackson, and was similar to her music video.
A group of males rocked out like a classic metal band to Night Ranger’s “Don’t Tell Me You Love Me,” with Gould as lead singer.
Wendy Todd, nursing sophomore, sang a rendition of contemporary song “Taylor the Latte Boy,” which is about a barista at Starbucks popularized by actress Kristin Chenoweth.
Some of the males performed a large mashup, singing lines of choruses from songs such as Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” Beyoncé’s “If I were a Boy” and Aqua’s “Barbie Girl,” to the tune of a four-chord melody.
Another mashup followed, comparing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” to Madonna’s “Express Yourself.”
Members were dressed in Madonna-like attire, imitating the music video.
“It was the perfect mashup because the songs almost sound the same, and Gaga and Madonna like to go head on,” Kamry Crooks, criminal justice sophomore, said.
Other songs included Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” Def Leppard’s “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak,” Adele’s “Someone Like You,” Coldplay’s “Fix You” and even a strictly dance number, “Irish Dance of Love.”
Students featured in a performance attended weekly, one-hour practices for the song they were to perform.
Merry Jo Brandimore, Encore’s adviser and Dean of Students, joined the group for a short tap dance number.
Brandimore became adviser to the group after previously being involved in an organization similar to Encore.
“We love having her,” Gould said. “She’s literally the foundation of our group.”
The performance came to a close after a surprise encore performance of a 1990s pop song.
The group performs once each semester.
There are 20 members in Encore. Two members, Gould and Todd, are graduating at the end of the semester.
After graduation, Gould hopes the organization will recruit and expand more.
“We hope for people to hear a song on the radio and that it would make people think ‘How would Encore do this?’” Gould said.