Stunning performance by grammy-winning a capella group
Possibly the world’s most well-known a capella group, Pentatonix, or PTX in short, performed its first ever concert in Malaysia at Stadium Negara on 30 May 2015. This American group was formed in 2011 and shot to stardom via social media, garnering more than 8.15 million subscribers on Youtube and more than 930 million cumulative views. Organised by BlackCat Live and The WonderLand+, the band made their Malaysian debut as part of their ‘On My Way Home’ Tour to 4,000 ecstatic fans.
PTX comprises five vocalists; Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstie Maldonado, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola and they performed popular medleys of songs by music superstars such as Beyonce, covers of songs like Ariana Grande’s “Problem”; Clean Bandit ft Jess Glynne’s “Rather Be”, as well as original material such as “Love You Long Time".
The group had begun as a trio from Arlington, Texas - Kirstin "Kirstie" Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, and Scott Hoying - who recorded a cover of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and submitted it for a competition held by a local radio station. Although they didn’t win, this cover became popular on Youtube and was performed for the screaming Malaysian crowd on Saturday.
There were so many highlights of the evening that it is difficult to select which one to mention. Fantastic moments included the performance of the incredible beatboxer, Kevin Olusola, who showcased his ‘celloboxing’ skills as he played "Julie-O" for the appreciative audience.
Another favourite of the evening was their rendition of "Evolution of Music". This was an amazing musical journey through history – beginning with "Salve Regina" from the 11th century and ending with "Call Me Maybe" – all in four minutes.
PTX ended the evening with their track of the same name as the tour, before an encore where they performed two songs. The first encore was a rather unusual track to perform at this time of the year, an original track of their own, “That’s Christmas To Me”. They sang it without mics and the whole stadium went silent as they performed this beautiful piece.
For their finale, they saved the best till last with their Daft Punk medley, which is one of their most famous medleys to date with almost 140 million views on Youtube!
It was a spectacular evening and PTX, thanks for stopping by in Malaysia on your way home! Please come back again!