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The Friars bring silly songs and snappy socks to City Opera House

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Jack Kernan (middle row, far right) poses with his fellow Friars in the fall of 2021

The Friars are the nine-member a cappella subset of the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club.

They're known for their onstage antics and clever covers of popular songs as well as their musicianship.

They also sport silly socks during their concerts.

We spoke with Jack Kernan, a freshman at U of M who graduated from Traverse City Central High School last year.

Auditions for the Friars are usually held in the spring for the following year, but because of the COVID-19 pandemic, auditions were delayed until the fall.

Jack auditioned on a whim and got in.

"I was really surprised, but I'm really happy to be where I am," he said.

Jack and all but one of the other Friars are engineering majors. The ninth person is a linguistics major, who, Jack assures us, is regularly teased for not being an engineering major.

The Friars will perform at City Opera House in Traverse City this Friday at 8 p.m. Click here for more information about the performance. Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend.

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Jack Kernan (far left) and the rest of the Friars in November 2021

Dr. Amanda Sewell is IPR's music director.