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Wellesley Widows shine in evening of a cappella music


With the Harvard Krokodiloes

and the Connecticut College

Co Co Beaux.

Wellesley Chapel, Wellesley College.

April 12, 8 pm.



THREE A CAPELLA GROUPS, each with its own style, stormed the Wellesley College campus last week. The Wellesley Widows set the tone of the evening, followed by the too-cool professionalism of the Harvard Krokodiloes and the care-free playfulness of the Co Co Beaux.

The Widows, dressed head to toe in black, led off the evening with what was to become the first half of their best singing performance of the year. As the lights dimmed, the Widows began with "Mac The Knife," featuring a solo by senior Wendy Brauner. Enthusiastic and cheery, the Widows grabbed the audience and held them captivated through their third song, "An American Tune." Widow alumnae joined the current members on stage for this, the Widows' theme song. Senior Meg Nelson's solo was particularly touching.

Next up were the Harvard Krokodiloes, who made their presence felt as soon as they took the stage. While they certainly missed no opportunities to mention repeatedly the name of their fine academic institution, the Kroks performed quite well, demonstrating a good sense of humor, and even including an excellent tap interlude.

The Co Co Beaux brought a lighter mood to the concert as they came out on stage sporting tan chinos, oxfords with rolled-up sleeves and worn-out Keds tennis shoes. Hilarious comedy and fun tunes combined to fill the chapel with laughter.

While their voices were strong and blended well, the Co Co Beaux will be most remembered as the evening's best source of mindless comedy. Don't be mistaken -- their musical talent is not to be forgotten, but they were also quite entertaining as comedians. They sang their last two songs in competition with two women in the second row who could not stop laughing.

The Widows then returned to the stage, having changed into jeans and T-shirts for their final songs and the close of the evening's events. They began with their rendition of the B-52's "Channel Z" and ended with Sting's "Straight to My Heart."

In conclusion, the Widows' singing was top-notch. Seniors Amy Ford, Meg Nelson and Alice Bradley led the graduating Widows to a triumphant finale. The only recommendation to the future Widows is that the comedy interludes need a bit of work.