West grad, reVoiced to rock Bellevue West with free public concert

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Posted: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 12:00 am

Bellevue West High School is going to be hitting the high notes Thursday when the vocal stylings of reVoiced, a professional a capella group takes up a brief residency at the school and performs a public concert that evening.

The concert, at 7 p.m., will be sponsored by West's music and theater departments, whose students will join reVoiced during the school day to work on vocal and stage technique.

“It really is a unique, great opportunity for the kids,” said Marya Lucca-Thyberg, the director of West's theater department. “Especially in this era when we have the singing shows like 'The Voice,' these guys are true artists who have something they can teach to our students.”

In addition to their vocal prowess, the quintet is renowned for their flashy moves on stage and their wide palette in the American songbook. Lucca-Thyberg said they can croon with the Rat Pack as well as bounce with the hip-hoppers.

Among the artists reVoiced has worked with are Maroon 5, Rascal Flatts, Ben Folds, Chubby Checker, Ludacris, Montel Jordan and Rockapella. They also appeared on NBC's hit TV show “The Sing-Off.”

The all-day event will also be something of a homecoming for one of the five men in the reVoiced ensemble.

Bellevue West alum John Gieringer, who performs as John Patrick, is coming back to his old stage to teach and inspire students who occupy the seat he held not long ago.

Since graduating from high school, Gieringer has earned a degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Fine and Performing Arts, has garnered international awards as a member of another a capella group, Rocktavo, and worked the circuit with Celebrity and Norwegian cruise lines.

For the evening concert, tickets are $3 for students when purchased in advance and $5 at the door. Adult tickets are $10, with children under 6 admitted free when accompanied by an adult. To purchase tickets in advance, call the Bellevue West theatre department at 402-827-8534.

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