The champions of a world-renowned a capella event will perform in Monticello. Courtesy photo
Blue Mountain Entertainment is honored to present Vocaldente, international a cappella champions on three continents, in concert on March 10, at 7 p.m. in the Monticello High School Auditorium.
Their appearance is in cooperation with Westaf, the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The ensemble’s local program is one of 15 concerts in a period of 35 days in nine states with more than 5,000 miles on a tour-bus! A mammoth project?
“Yes! And a lot of fun, many new places and people! We’re so excited!.”
Vocal artists, entertainers or just plain “singers”? Somehow all of these are fitting, but perhaps the best way to describe these five talented young men from Germany is to quote some of their reviews: “Vocaldente’s singing technique is professional, their verve is phenomenal,” they are “sparkling with imagination.”
They offer a “high level in singing performance with their funny spoken interludes” and “imaginative, passionate choreography.” Onstage they’re “witty and fresh,” charming and professional,” simply “harmonic, funny and good.”
The quintet has prevailed at the biggest and most significant national and international vocal and a cappella competitions in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Vocaldente won first prize at the International Contemporary A Cappella Competition 2008 in Taiwan, the Tampereen Sävel 2007 in Finland and the Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival 2008 in San Francisco.
By winning the world-renowned US contest, Vocaldente can call themselves the National Champions of the world’s biggest a cappella competition, becoming the first foreign-speaking, and only the second ever non-American winners.
They’ve also been successful at competitions in their home country and the German-speaking area, at the 2007 Jugend Kulturell Förderpreis of the HypoVereinsbank in Germany as well as the International A Cappella Competition vokal.total in Austria.
Wherever they competed, they won special awards for best and most popular group; they were honored with the First Prize of the Jury and the Special Award for Best Choreography and Stage Presence in Taiwan.
As Germany’s most successful a capella export, Vocaldente doesn’t rely on technical devices, amplifiers and special effects. Their passion is an art almost lost in the entire vocal scene: performing a cappella without microphones, conveying the feeling and verve of 80 years of musical entertainment in its most authentic way.
Their repertoire is contemporary, as well as covering pop and rock music, taking the audience on a captivating journey from the Roaring Twenties to the latest pop hits.
These five young men, Tobias Wunschik, Johannes Gruber, Michael Schope, Tobias Kiel, and Ansgar Pfeiffer, using their own ingenious arrangements and without the aid of microphones, delight their audiences with the charm of the 1920s, the drive of the 1960s and the sound of contemporary radio.
Vocaldente live means five voices in perfect harmony, from the counter-tenor to the bass, as well as vocal imitations of rhythm and musical instruments, embedded in their own lush arrangements, all spiced up with hilariously funny and witty interludes, and performed with sweeping choreographies.
Admission to Monday’s program will be by BME or Kigalia Fine Arts season memberships or tickets at the door: Families $30, Adults $12, Students $6.