Storied a cappella group visits Rockford

UM Friars.

The UM Friars are bringing their patented blend of a cappella and comedy to Rockford High School (RHS) on February 11 at 7 p.m. They will be sharing the stage with RHS’ own Rockford Aces, a 12-voice men’s a cappella group that is part of the Rockford choir program.

The concert is a benefit, with all proceeds being divided to help the Aces with their trip to the World Choir Games (the Olympics of choir) this summer, and to help the Friars on their tour of China this spring.

The Friars have entertained audiences all over the world and are in great demand whenever they are home in Ann Arbor. They’re back at Rockford after performing briefly as part of the UM Men’s Glee Club Concert last year.

Friars member Ben Rizzo said, “We wanted to come back to Rockford after our great experience last year.” The group highlighted both the choirs and the community as reasons to want to return.

The Friars have been around for nearly 60 years as a subset of the Men’s Glee Club, and have developed a strong following and a tradition of excellence, particularly as entertainers. They are known for their strong personalities and comedy on stage, including hilarious song parodies. Their concert is titled “Everything I Learned in College” and will include something for every age group.

Rockford Aces director Jed Scott said, “The Friars never disappoint. They’ll put on a great show for the Rockford community. We’re excited to share the stage with them!”

Tickets for the Friars/Aces benefit concert are available for $10 each, or $5 for students, online at www.seatyourself.biz/RockfordChoirs.

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