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November 18, 2003

Stanford Daily

Fourteen a cappella groups will perform tonight in the annual Big Sing-Off, one of the more harmonious events between Stanford and UC-Berkeley traditionally held during Big Game Week. “Big Sing is a night of good music and a rare chance to hear most of the a cappella groups from the two schools together at one time,” said senior Gautam Raghavan, president of the Harmonics, the group that organized the show this year.

“It’s a lot of fun and gives the 14 groups involved a chance to hear each other and show off their own talents,” Raghavan said.

In past concerts, there has been tension and problems with “disrespect” according to Raghavan. The event is not explicitly competitive, but some groups will usually adjust lyrics to make fun of the rival school. “A few years ago it was a pretty negative experience for some of the groups involved,” Raghavan said. “It’s tough to perform while representing your school to an audience that’s half hostile to your being there.” More

Posted by acapnews at November 18, 2003 10:19 PM

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