The finalists from the latest season of NBC’s “The Sing Off” will be performing in Mahwah next week. The Dartmouth Aires, the a cappella glee club from Dartmouth College who came in second place on the show’s third season, are performing at a community event being hosted by the Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom on Ramapo Valley Road.
“One of the members grew up in the area and is a member of the synagogue, so we were able to set up this great event, and have the group here to perform,” Rabbi Joel Mosbacher said. “I’ve only seen them perform on TV, but they really are phenomenal. I can’t wait to see them perform in person.”
The show is next Tuesday, December 13, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event is free to attend and open to the community. “We really want this to be something everyone can come to and enjoy,” Mosbacher said.
According to the Rabbi, the 16 singers in the group auditioned for the NBC television show, and made it through with glowing reviews from the celebrity judges throughout the competition. “[Judge] Sara Bareilles actually said she’d like to see them on Broadway because their performances are so energetic, and it’s true. They are not just singers, they put on a whole production.”
The Aires came in second place in the TV singing contest, getting edged out by the Pentatonix, afive-member group from Texas, on the November 28 finale of the show.
Voluntary donations for a Dartmouth scholarship fund will be collected at the concert, which is being sponsored by the college’s alumni association of Northern NJ.
According to NBC’s website, the Aires were founded in 1946. The members of the group are Nic Chuaqui, Xavier Curry, Nate Davis, Daniel Freeman, Daniel Leopold, Justin Lerman, Henry Luehrman, Brendan Lynch-Salamon, Jack Merril, Clark Moore, Michael Odokara-Okigbo, Preston Suan, Robert Hoffman, Will Hart, Alex Taylor and Ethan Weinberg.