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A Cappella in the Park features Duwende

Port Clinton High School Choir Director Eric Watts has a concert planned for Sunday, May 18, 4:30 p.m., at Lakeview Park on Perry Street in Port Clinton. The event is a Contemporary A Cappella concert featuring North Olmsted High School’s Special Edition and Port Clinton High School’s own Touch of Class. 

A special addition to this year’s concert is the award-winning a cappella group from New York City, Duwende. They are best know for their fiercely orginal, bass and beatbox-driving funk/pop style of music and have headlined major a cappella festivals across the country. Two of Duwende’s most recent albums, “Radio Screaming” and “Collective”, won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A cappella recording awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song.

In 2011, Duwende released “Remember: the Music of Michael Jackson”, gaining them widespread acclaim and leading them to performances for the United Nations, Sundance Film Festival, Bill Clinton Global Initiative and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Most recently, Duwende was featured as an international artist for the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, sharing the bill with artists Stevie Wonder, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and Erykah Badu.

The concert will offer everyone an opportunity to enjoy the sound of these talented high school students in the comfort of your own lawn chair or favorite picnic blanket. Port Clinton Music Boosters will provide picnic style concessions during the concert. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the PCHS cafeteria.

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Choir concert and dinner Feb.24

On Monday, Feb. 24, Port Clinton High School’s Touch of Class, an a cappella vocal group, will be hosting a spaghetti dinner in the PCHS Cafeteria. Doors will open at 6 p.m. for dinner until 7:30 p.m. The choir concert, featuring both PCHS and Port Clinton Middle School choirs, begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The concert is free. The cost for dinner is $10 at the door and includes a student-served spaghetti dinner complete with salad, garlic bread and dessert. All funds raised will go directly to offset the costs of bringing in professional a cappella group Duwende to Port Clinton for the PCHS Spring Choir Concert.

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A Cappella Showcase with Touch of Class rescheduled

The “A Cappella Showcase” with Port Clinton High School’s A Cappella group, Touch of Class, that was cancelled on Sunday, Jan. 26, has been rescheduled. The Showcase will be held Sunday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. in the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center. The Showcase will feature Touch of Class and Jacket Company from New Riegel High School. Tickets are $5 with proceeds benefitting both schools’ a cappella groups. Tickets may be purchased at the Performing Arts Center the night of the show.

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