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          Harvard Glee Club performs at CWRU

          Adam Spektor

          Issue date: 3/19/10 Section: Focus
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          CWRU was the host to a group of 60 visitors from the East Coast earlier this week, as the Harvard Glee Club stopped by on campus as part of a spring tour of the Midwest and Canada. The group performed twice: once in full on Tuesday as part of a vocal showcase and in a smaller form on Monday during a nearly spontaneous a cappella group collaboration.

          Monday night's performance in House 7 of the Village at 115 was brought about by the means of CWRU alumn and current Harvard graduate student Jennifer Zuk. Zuk, herself a singer in one of Harvard's numerous choral ensembles, happened to stop by in Cleveland at the same time as the Glee Club, and knowing several members of the group, decided to put together a small a cappella showcase.

          "I originally suggested they come to Cleveland," said Zuk, "And they wanted to know what the campus was like." A concise ensemble of about 20 members of Harvard's Glee Club performed and CWRU's Speakeasy, in addition to an unplanned, surprise Case in Point performance, gave the Crimson crew a feel for how CWRU's own a cappella groups sounded.

          Speakeasy provided their usual dose of humor with crowd favorites "Title of the Song" and another jokingly obsessive love song with a name that changes for each performance. Soloist Tyler Allen used Zuk's name for its title this time around. The Harvard Glee Club sang "Kiss the Girl" from The Little Mermaid and Harry Chapin's "Cats in the Cradle," and Case in Point performed spontaneous versions of Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River."

          "It was really a sporadic thing," said Zuk, "But it came together well and it was just a great way for Harvard to get to know Case." For such a spontaneous event, it drew a crowd large enough to fill the House 7 common area.

          The following evening, the full Harvard Glee Club ensemble performed alongside the Case Early Music Singers, Case Concert Choir and Case Men's Glee Club in a choral showcase sponsored by the CWRU Department of Music. Although the Harvard Glee Club has since moved on in their tour, it's likely that their stop in Cleveland is one that they will remember.
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