InterVarsity gives passionate, soulful covers of popular hits

The Geneseo InterVarsity Christian Fellowship presented their fall concert in Sturges Auditorium on Saturday Nov. 14. The night was filled with energetic and soulful performances as the students presented their songs. Geneseo InterVarsity Christian Fellowship is a group on campus that meets not only for fellowship and fun, but also to figure out life through Bible studies, prayer and large group worship. The group on campus is a part of a larger international organization, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship—with organizations on campuses nationwide. The sense of community that the club thrives on was clear at the fall concert, as the performers and club members seemed to connect well with the audience in the relaxed environment.

First up for the night were sophomores Sarah Bissell and Madison Kemler as they performed Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros’ “That’s What’s Up.” Bissell played the guitar as Kemler sang. The duet performed in beautiful harmony for this peaceful tune.

Bissell and Kemler performed again for the next song alongside sophomore Jonathan Becker on the guitar. Together, they performed Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.”

Senior Jahnna Ravenell followed with her rendition of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” Ravenell’s performance was very heartfelt as she charmed the audience with this track.

Following Ravenell was junior Tiphereth Hassan dancing to Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors.” Hassan stood out as the only dancer in the night and she gave an entrancing performance.

Sophomore Simone Louie was featured in the next few songs with various students. In the first piece, senior Louis Marzella accompanied Louie on the piano for her rendition of Kodaline’s “High Hopes.” Louie played the guitar while the other two sang a lovely duet.

Sophomore Amanda Saladino was joined by Louie to sing “All I Want”—also by Kodaline—which featured Louie on the piano. Louie had a wholehearted solo at the end of the tune where she sang a cappella, leaving the audience with a resonating ending.

Junior Amber Lin joined Louie and Saladino for their cover of Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated” and Gabrielle Aplin’s “Ready to Question.” Both performances were enjoyable as they had a bass drum enhancing the rhythms and beats of the songs.

Hassan returned to sing Sabrina Carpenter’s “Eyes Wide Open.” Junior Hannah Loo and senior Naomi Wilson followed with a heartfelt and powerful performance of Lauren Daigle’s “How Can It Be.”

To finish the night off, Becker joined senior Harrison Hartsough to perform The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun.” Hartsough played the cello and Becker played the guitar. The cover was a slower rendition of the original song. The cello was an interesting choice to have in the presentation of the track, giving the song a more relaxed tone.

The performance of the Geneseo InterVarsity Christian Fellowship was collectively great. Watching the talented singers take on exciting renditions of well known songs and add their own twists—whether it was through the unique use of an instrument or a creative dance—was a great way to spend a chilly fall night.