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It's Spring, with the Balladeers—in a New Location

"What are the three most important words in real estate?" "Location, location, location."

Well, this year, Pingry's Balladeers (the girls' select a cappella group) changed the location of their annual April concert, moving from Hauser Auditorium to the Lower Commons to capitalize on the acoustics and closer proximity to the audience. "We definitely hear ourselves better in the Lower Commons," says Balladeers President Isabel DeVito '19.

With Upper School students, faculty, and staff gathered on three floors, from the Lower Commons all the way up to staircases leading to the C.B. Newton Library, the group performed:

"Somebody to Love" (Queen) leading into "Take On Me" (A-ha), choreographed by Megan Ferentinos and arranged by Dilan Mushayandebvu '19, with Isabel DeVito '19 as soloist. "This was the first time we've brought in a choreographer to work with the group—I hope it's the first of many," says music teacher Jay Winston, the group's director.

"A Sky Full of Stars" (Coldplay), arranged by Maya Huffman '18, with soloist Ally Lima '19.

"Genie in a Bottle/Havana" (Christina Aguilera/Camila Cabello), arranged by Simone Toney '19, who soloed with Nicole Gilbert '20.

"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" (Aerosmith), arranged by soloist Dilan Mushayandebvu '19.

"thank u, next" (Ariana Grande), arranged by Dilan Mushayandebvu '19, with soloist Katerina Deliargyris '19. "That one is interesting," Mr. Winston says. "We did a project in class where I split everyone into four groups. They created their own performances and performed for the class before Winter Break. Dilan's group chose 'thank u, next.' It was so well done that we decided to do it with the full class."

"Somebody to Love" (Queen), featuring the seniors.

Next for the Balladeers, they will perform in the annual Spring Festival Concert, as well as their annual benefit concert at the end of May.

Contact: Greg Waxberg '96, Communications Writer