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KING'S SINGERS AND SARBAND, BRIDGE EAST AND WEST, 10/28

September 22, 2005
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS
A UNION OF INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS
KING’S SINGERS AND SARBAND
SACRED BRIDGES
OCTOBER 28


Fairfax, Virginia, September 16, 2005—Two internationally renowned ensembles join forces to produce an incredible melding of sound! King’s Singers, with the instrumentalists of Sarband, combine extraordinary vocals with incredible instrumentation, and an appearance by two Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes, in SACRED BRIDGES. This a unique program crossing continents with music and psalms illustrating the mystical connections between three faiths: Muslim, Christian and Jewish. The performance, at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, is Friday, October 28, 2005 at 8:00 p.m., with a pre-performance artistic discussion – free to ticketholders – beginning 45-minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier.

The Psalms of David, revered and extolled for centuries by each of the monotheistic religions, are set to music by composers from the 16th and 17th centuries and performed in Hebrew, French and Turkish.

SACRED BRIDGES

Salamone Rossi Hebreo Psalm 124
King’s Singers

Ali Ufki and Claude Goudimel Psalm 9
King’s Singers & Sarband

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Psalm 6
King’s Singers

Ali Ufki and Genevan Psalter Psalm 6
King’s Singers & Sarband

Traditional Sefardi Psalm 113
King’s Singers

Salamone Rossi Hebreo Psalm 118
King’s Singers

Instrumental Improvisation on Psalm 2
Sarband

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Psalm 7
King’s Singers

Ali Ufki and Genevan Psalter Psalm 2
King’s Singers & Sarband

Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck Psalm 2
King’s Singers

Ali Ufki and Claude Goudimel Psalm 5
King’s Singers & Sarband

Salamone Rossi Hebreo Psalm 128
King’s Singers
PROGRAM SUBJECT TO CHANGE

King’s Singers is an ensemble universally praised for nearly 40 years for its seamless interpretation of all kinds of music. Lauded as much for their adventurous programming as their flawless technique, King’s Singers have garnered a devoted following and the praise of critics everywhere. King’s Singers are: David Hurley, Countertenor; Robin Tyson, Countertenor; Paul Phoenix, Tenor; Philip Lawson, Baritone; Christopher Gabbitas, Baritone; Stephen Connolly, Bass.

Sarband, a word with origins derived from Persian and Arabic – denoting a musical coupling – is an appropriate moniker for an ensemble devoted to pursuing complex musical connections since its founding by Vladimir Ivanoff in 1986. Through its gripping and authentic performances featuring masterful musicians from all over the world, Sarband’s mission is to illustrate all possible connections between European music and Islamic and Jewish music-culture. Sarband is: Mustafa Dogan Dikmen, voice; Celaleddin Biçer, nei; Ahmet Kadri Rizeli, kemençe; Bahadir Sener, kanun; and Dr. Vladimir Ivanoff, percussion and musical director. The performance also features Ibrahim Birlikay and Metin Erkus, Mevlevi Whirling Dervishes.

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Tickets for KING’S SINGERS AND SARBAND, Friday, October 28, 2005 at 8PM are $44, $36, and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa

GREAT PERFORMANCES AT MASON is a program of George Mason University’s Center for the Arts, the professional presenting arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The College of Visual and Performing Arts exists to create an academic environment in which the arts may be considered both as individual disciplines and as interdisciplinary forms that strengthen each other. Believing that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the College draws on a variety of professional presenting and producing units where artists from across the country and around the world regularly perform, give master classes, work with students during extended residencies, and interact with the community in a variety of other ways. These programs at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall, TheaterSpace, Galleries, Harris Theater, and other venues, provide a diverse selection of challenging and entertaining cultural experiences for the University community, as well as Northern Virginia and the greater Washington, D.C. area. The College houses four academic departments: Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music and Theater.