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Lafayette will host six outstanding collegiate a cappella groups for a semi-final contest in the International Championship of Collegiate a Cappella at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in Colton Chapel.

Groups from Columbia, Cornell, Rutgers and the State University of New York at Binghamton will compete in the mid-Atlantic region semi-finals. Each group will perform a 15-minute set. The winner will advance to the championship finals in April at New York’s Lincoln Center.

Lafayette’s a capella groups, Cadence (for women) and The Chorduroys (for men), will also perform old favorites and some new additions to their repertoires. Lafayette’s hosting of the event is sponsored Friends of Lafayette Music as well as Cadence and The Chorduroys.

Tickets cost $5 for students and $10 for others. They can be purchased at the Farinon College Center from noon-1 p.m. March 4-8 or at the door. Tickets may also be purchased through the Chorduroys’ website. (Go to, click on “Student Life” and “Performing Arts and Publications.”) For information, call Amy Ahart ’97, (610) 330-5031.

Columbia’s groups are The Clefhangers, a co-ed group that performs contemporary pop songs such as U2’s “Mysterious Ways,” and High Bias, a male R&B contingent.

Cornell will bring the male group Last Call, which has recorded two CDs with songs ranging from Billy Joel’s “Allentown” to “Runaround Sue” by Dion and the Belmonts, and the co-ed group Class Notes, which covers songs by bands such as U2, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Peter Gabriel, Indigo Girls, and Seal.

Participants also include the co-ed groups Deep Treble from Rutgers, whose diverse and exciting repertoire includes everything from The Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” to Dar Williams’ “What Do You Hear in These Sounds,” and SUNY Binghamton’s Rhythm Method, featuring 80’s music.

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