MANSFIELD – The Rock Ensemble and A Capella Choir from the Richland School of Academic Arts will team up tonight for a combined performance called “Rockapella.”
Students in fifth through eighth grades take the stage at 7 p.m. inside the school’s auditorium, located at 1456 Park Ave. West.
“It is a very special performance, as it is all live -- not canned -- music, and it is both hosted and performed entirely by the students. Most of these students are performing on multiple instruments from act to act, but the transitions are seamless and musical,” said their teacher, Chesley Talisse.
The sixth-annual show will feature a variety of music, including plenty of Motown and rock music.
Talisse said students have been preparing over the past several months with each group rehearsing at lease for an hour, twice a week.
“I have worked with the students to select a theme and the pieces to support that theme. Aretha Franklin’s “Respect,” was the first piece we considered, and the show kind of snowballed from there,” Talisse said.
The show is free to the public. Light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.
“We are so proud of these rock stars – they have put in a lot of hard work, and it shows. I am confident you will be entertained, and you will appreciate a quality performance,” Talisse said.
She said these ensembles often perform outside of the school, too. The A Capella Choir will perform Friday at noon at Mechanics Bank.