University A Capella Group Presents Public Concert On April 29

4/18/12 ASHLAND, OH -- The Ashland University Department of Music presents a public concert by its student-led a cappela group Surround Sound on Sunday, April 29, at 8:30 p.m. in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 10-member ensemble will present a program of Billboard chart hits and an original composition, which have been arranged for a capella by Deke Sharon or Surround Sounds' Brandy Riha. Songs to be performed include Stevie Wonder's “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours”; Natasha Bedingfield's “Unwritten”; Neil Diamond's “I'm a Believer” as performed by The Monkeys; “I'm Yours/You Belong with Me” as performed by Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift; “This Love” as performed by Maroon 5; “I Want You Back” as performed by The Jackson 5; and “Precipitation,” an original song by Brandy Kay Riha and Kirstan Orgel.  

Performers in Surround Sound are Adam Stuart Beckwith (Vermilion High School, Vermilion, Ohio); Julie Bontempo (North Olmsted High School, North Olmstead, Ohio); Michael Kahle (Pandora-Gilboa High School, Pandora, Ohio); Brandy Riha (Geneva High School, Geneva, Ohio); Emily Springer (River Valley High School, Marion, Ohio); Caleb Stout (North Adams High School, Winchester, Ohio); John Fielding (Glen Oak High School, Canton, Ohio); and Marisa Carafelli, Don Haught and Andrew Shaffer (Wooster High School, Wooster, Ohio), 

For more information about the concert, visit or contact Tricia Applegate, coordinator of performing arts publicity and events, at 419-289-5950    

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2012, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.


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