April 15, 2013
For my last semester as an MIT undergraduate, I started a new bastard pop a cappella group at MIT called The Centrifugues. After a semester of hard work, we had our debut performance at the annual Spring Greater Boston Invitational Songfest (SGBIS) concert last Friday. We also have a joint concert with another MIT a cappella group called the Asymptones on April 27th, and a couple of other gigs in the works for the end of the semester.
Two of the Centrifugues are also in the Asymptones, and we were serendipitously placed back-to-back in last week’s concert, so this lucky duo got to remain on stage between the performances. Coincidentally, these two members are myself (President of the Centrifugues) and David Xiao (President of the Asymptones):
Our soloists are incredibly talented vocalists. Pictured below is Rachel Nations, Class of 2016, taking the lead on a mashup of Born this Way (Lady Gaga) and When Love Takes Over (David Guetta):
Following our first song, Sumin Kim, Class of 2014, performed a bootleg of Talking to the Moon (Bruno Mars) and The One that Got Away (Katy Perry):
We’ve spent countless hours rehearsing, arranging, publicizing, perfecting our pitches, rhythms, and appearance, applying for recognition and funding from MIT, recruiting, scheduling, holding auditions, and probably several more things I can’t think of. It’s been an incredibly productive first semester, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Photo credit: Joseph Lee.