Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Pints and Quarts with the Pipes and Quirks

Campbell North ’17 

Arts Editor

On the drizzly night of March 12th, the Pipes and Quirks treated fellow students and parents to a taste of spring with their fresh and vivacious melodies. The chapel was filled by spectators sitting in multiple rows of chairs facing the front and crowded by students sitting in pews, some even going as far as to find a perch on steps in hope of a better view.  The audience buzzed excitedly in anticipation for the little lyrical preview for St. Patrick’s Day that the groups had promised.

The Quirks, one of Trinity’s all-female a capella groups, were the first preform. As they walked to the center of the stage the previous murmurs and whispers coming from the audience transformed into an eruption of cheering and applause. Decked out in all green in the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, each of the members walked out single file, taking their appropriate place in their line up for the first song.
The song started off to the tempo similar to that of an old Irish jig and continued to the tune of “hi dee dee dee do.” This original melody was paired with original lyrics, which jokingly referred to drinking in the spirit of the concerts theme. Each class had their own verse to sing, starting with the freshman who were deemed as the “baby quirks” by the rest of the group. The song continued through the groups of sophomores and juniors who each shared their own clever lyrics and finally ended with the group of seniors who proudly held up an Irish flag. 
After a roaring round of applause for the jovial jingle, the chapel suddenly fell into a hushed silence as the groups slowly started a heartfelt rendition of Rihana’s “Stay.”  As Meredith Munro ’14 continued to memorize the crowd with her wistful and mesmerizing melodies, the rest of the group joined in with a round to the verse “round and around and around and around we go, oh now, tell me now, tell me now, tell me now you know.” As the song came to an end, the audience remained in a trance before finally bursting out in cheers and praise.
Next on the set list was the country classic “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine Show. Various members of the Quirks started the rhythm for the song off by snapping their fingers to an upbeat tune. The cheerful mood of the song contrasted nicely with the previous song. The group looked almost like a church choir, standing in the middle of the Chapel’s atrium and belting out the sweet, folky lyrics.
Finally Georgia McAadams moved to the center of the group for her senior solo, “Addicted to You” by Avicii. Within the first verse of the song, McAdams had hypnotized the audience with the haunting melody in her voice. The song reached the chorus of “What can I do? I’m addicted to you,” in a fast-tempo and stirring crescendo. When the song ended, cheers and applause exploded from all corners of the chapel in the hopes of encouraging an encore.
As the Quirks finished taking their finally bows, they quickly hurried off the stage to make room for the Pipes, on of Trinity’s co-ed a capella groups. Also decked out in sea of varying shades of green, the Pipes announced that this concert would be the debut of not only two new members but also two new senior solos. With the excitement of the announcement still hanging in the air, the group started their first number on their set list.
Starting off with another signature country song, the group belted out the first few verse of Gloriana’s “Wild at Heart.” The song turned into sweet and charming duet. The group did an excellent job of conveying the uplifting and carefree spirit of the song through their blissful harmonies. When the song reached the final chorus, the group ended with a bang by stopping their feet and clapping along with the beat. The song left the audience beaming in high spirits and was a perfect Segway for segue for the next song.
Catherine Guariglia made her way to the center of the group for her senior solo, “Ok, It’s Alright With Me” by Eric Hutchinson. Her unique and powerful voice reverberated through the entire chapel, captivating the audience. The final refrain of the song, “It never comes easily, and when it does I’m already gone” echoed throughout the room until the crowd finally broke the silence in an uproar of applause and requests for more.
The Pipes responded to the audience’s enthusiasm with another senior solo from Billy Siems. His poignant rendition of “Learning to Live Without You” by Ken Mellons moved the crowd and rang out in every corner of the room. Siems soulful voice reflected that of the powerful message of forgiveness in the song.
After another round of applause from the audience, the Pipes moved onto their final song “Shark in the Water” by VV Brown. The rich and resonant voices of the group were paired with a peppy beat and crisp beatboxing harmonies, quickly making the song a crowd favorite. As the Pipes bowed and walked out of the atrium, the left room to a chorus of cheers and bravos from spectators.
The concert left the audience feeling optimistic and excited. The performances were invigorating and gave a little precursor taste of spring in the chilly March evening.

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