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THE KING'S SINGERS PRESENTS "JOY TO THE WORLD"
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE KING’S SINGERS
"JOY TO THE WORLD"
Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 23, 2007 – “In the arena of death-defying vocal ensembles, The King’s Singers rank among the world’s most fearless, producing live performances of works that others reserve for the recording studio or avoid altogether.” (Stagebill) For almost 40 years, this British sextet has captured the imagination and adoration of audiences worldwide. The King’s Singers perform their traditional yule concert, titled "Joy to the World," at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m., performing a variety of holiday pieces, including "Veni, Veni Emmanuel"; "Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming"; "The Coventry Carol"; and "Away in a Manger." A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to each performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
Founded by six choral scholars from King’s College in Cambridge, England in 1968, The King’s Singers quickly became a prominent musical force in the United Kingdom and abroad. Over the years, members have left to be replaced by new members, bringing fresh ideas and opportunities to expand the group’s repertoire. Composed of countertenors David Hurley and Robin Tyson, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Philip Lawson and Christopher Gabbitas and bass Stephen Connolly, the group is known for its expansive repertoire encompassing everything from Medieval music to Renaissance madrigals, from romantic songs to folk, pop and jazz from around the world. Their affability, enthusiasm and ability to communicate music have helped the group garner a wide audience of fans. “Part of the King’s Singers’ secret is an endearing informality and a recognition that art and fun are not mutually exclusive.” (The Dallas Morning News)
The venues at which the King’s Singers have appeared are equally diverse, including cathedrals, palaces, barns and former factories, as well as major concert halls across the globe. They have performed at major music venues throughout North America, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center. The ensemble frequently performs at music festivals and is a perennial favorite of the renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with whom they have performed as part of the Olympic Arts Festival at the 2002 Winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City. The King’s Singers have also teamed up with distinguished soloists, including Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Emanuel Ax, Evelyn Glennie, Dudley Moore, George Shearing and even Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. These collaborations have often resulted in recordings to add to the group’s discography of nearly 90 albums, which have earned the group several Grammy nominations. “Performing skill at its finest,” BBC Music Magazine said of the group’s widely acclaimed 2005 recording, "Sacred Bridges."
As part of their strong commitment to music education, The King’s Singers frequently teach master classes and give presentations as part of their international performance schedule. They are the Prince Consort Ensemble in Residence at the Royal College of Music in London and sustain a biannual teaching post at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival in Germany.
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Tickets for the King’s Singers performance of Joy to the World are $46, $38, $23. 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.
About George Mason University
George Mason University, located in the heart of Northern Virginia’s technology corridor near Washington, D.C., is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in a range of academic fields. With strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering, information technology, biotechnology and health care, Mason prepares its students to succeed in the work force and meet the needs of the region and the world. Mason professors conduct groundbreaking research in areas such as cancer, climate change, information technology and the biosciences, and Mason’s Center for the Arts brings world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Its School of Law is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 35 law schools in the United States.