Notre Dame a cappella groups prepare to perform end-of-semester concerts

first_imgAs the semester comes to a close, a number of a cappella groups on campus — including Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodies and The Undertones — are set to perform their seasonal concerts.Senior Anthony Caputo, Halftime co-president, said he is excited for people to attend their upcoming concert since it will truly showcase all of Halftime’s hard work throughout the semester.“This year we tried to arrange more based off of solo voice rather than just arranging songs and then putting a voice on it, and we have found this to be much more successful when making all of our songs,” he said. “We think people will see that in our concert, which we are really excited about.”Senior Rachel Warne, co-president of Harmonia, said she hopes Harmonia’s diverse mix of modern, alternative, pop and throwback tunes will provide songs everyone will enjoy.While all the a cappella groups on campus work toward their respective concerts, each group considers the relationships between members to be of great importance.“We’ve worked really hard to make sure the atmosphere in the club is one that’s tight knit and kind of familial,” Warne said. “It’s really nice to have group of people on campus that you have ties with automatically.”Senior Matt Williams, president of The Echoes, said the members of The Echoes don’t take themselves too seriously, and they look forward to Christmas caroling outside of DeBartolo Hall and O’Shaughnessy Hall to spread Christmas cheer in the upcoming weeks.“At the end of the day we’re not about competing,” Williams said.  “We’re not even about necessarily performing; we’re just a group of people who really enjoy each other and who like making music together.”Senior Laura Eckert, president of Christian a cappella group Unchained Melodies, said being a part of an a cappella group not only provides a break from academic studies, but also allows students to enjoy music communally. She said because Unchained Melodies is a Christian a cappella group, the group uses music not only as a medium to strengthen the bonds between members, but also as a way to praise God. “Being in Unchained Melodies has really helped me grow musically. I’ve learned how to listen to other people and how to mend my talents to theirs so we become a cohesive group,” Eckert said. “I’ve also grown in my faith. We really try to support each other and push each other to grow closer to God.”Senior Kevin Warten, music director of The Undertones, also said a cappella groups offer more than just an opportunity to create music.“Whether in an officer position or a new member, a person can learn so much about teamwork, responsibility and commitment, not to mention confidence, by rehearsing and performing with a group,” he said in an email.Senior Daniel Bland, a member of The Echoes, said audience members should look forward to hearing the unique ways in which each of the a cappella groups arrange their songs in the upcoming concerts.Halftime has its annual winter concert Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at LaFortune Box Office or from any Halftime member.Harmonia has its end-of-semester show Friday at 7 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 at the door or from any Harmonia member.Unchained Melodies have a Christmas concert Dec. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lafortune Ballroom. Admission is free. The Undertones has its winter concert Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. on the Mainstage in Washington Hall. Tickets are available for $5 in the LaFortune Box Office, at the door or from any group member.Tags: a cappella, fall concerts, Halftime, Harmonia, The Echoes, Unchained Melodieslast_img read more

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals the two reasons he decided to stay at Arsenal

first_imgAubameyang had less than a year to run on his deal (Picture: Getty)‘Two things persuaded me to stay,’ said Aubameyang.‘The first thing was Mikel Arteta, because since he came in he brings a lot of positivity & a new philosophy for us. I think that was important because it matched my game & I feel that I can improve with him‘I think this was the key factor & as well, the love that I receive from the fans & the whole club. Everyone is treating me very, very good, so I feel at home & that’s why I’m staying’.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArteta made keeping the striker one of his main priorities when he replaced Unai Emery as manager last December but few felt the Spaniard would succeed.However, after impressive victories against Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United in the run-in last season, Arsenal finished the season as FA Cup winners and followed it up with a win against Liverpool in the Community Shield.Aubameyang says Arteta’s art of persuasion was already well in motion before those games though.‘We had a chat during lockdown & we were supposed to talk about a game,’ said Aubameyang.‘He said: “We’re going to talk about the future” & he asked me what I wanted to do. I was like “I feel good since you came, I’m improving, the philosophy is nice so I just want to stay”‘He was like “I’m sure if you stay you can leave a legacy, but it’s all about you. I think you can create a legacy here in this great club”.‘This was the key message to me & after that conversation, I was like, ‘it’s all clear for me & I just want to stay’.MORE: Declan Rice ‘pushing’ to sign for Chelsea before transfer window closes Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 24 Sep 2020 6:11 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.8kShares Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has committed his future to the club (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says Mikel Arteta and the passion of the club’s fans convinced him to sign a new long-term deal at the Emirates.The 31-year-old finally put an end to the speculation over his future earlier this month by signing a new three-year deal in north London, worth a reported £300,000-a-week.Arsenal’s chances of keeping Aubameyang appeared bleak before Arteta took over and the Gabon international was already exploring his options with 18 months left on his previous deal at the club.However, Arteta has transformed Arsenal’s fortunes and Aubameyang has been a key part of that with the Spaniard building his attacking philosophy around the former Dortmund striker.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAubameyang admits Arteta played a key part in convincing him to commit to the club, while the striker says the ‘love’ from supporters also proved vital. Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reveals the two reasons he decided to stay at Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

2015 U-20 AYC : Sellas Tetteh expects stiff Zambia challenge

first_imgBlack Satellites coach Sellas Tetteh is expecting a resistance from Zambia in Ghana’s next match on Thursday in the  CAF Under 20 Championship.The Black Satellites defeated South Africa 2:0 in the opening match, whiles Zambia lost 1:0 to Mali in group B and a second successive defeat for the Zambians could spell doom for them; a situation Sellas believes will make the match uncompromising.”The encounter will be challenging; they (Zambia) are wounded, they are dented so they will be coming firing on all cylinders,” Sellas told in Senegal.After defeating South Africa, Sellas Tetteh and his technical staff as well as the playing body stayed behind to observe Zambia and Mali in the second game, but the Ghana coach says strategies for the Zambians will not be based only on their match against Mali.”We watched them and we know they are a strong side, a very physical side but we cannot also count in it as their true picture because they could change at any given time,” Sellas said.” The only thing is for us to prepare very well. What we saw from them, we work towards it and make sure that our plan B will be working so that at least if there are difficulties, we could also turn around to meet the difficulties and over come it.” The coach was confident his side will draw enough inspiration from the positives of the first game to consolidate their position in the group.”The positives are more than the negatives so it is good for us. I think we played well in the South Africa game.”We played quite well, we defended also quite well although we missed quite some glorious chances but in the game of football, you cannot play ninety minutes without mistakes. We are in a very good position to consolidate our place.”Ghana could book a place in the semi finals and a qualification to the Fifa Under 20 World Cup with a win against Zambia.last_img read more