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THE KING'S SINGERS PERFORM AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 23, 2009
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

THE KING’S SINGERS

Friday, Nov. 6, 2009 at 8 p.m. 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 23, 2009The King’s Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians.” (The Washington Post)  For more than 40 years, this remarkable sextet has maintained its place at the apex of a cappella singing, delighting audiences around the world with its incomparable musicianship, charm and wit. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, The King’s Singers are counted among the world’s most elite classical performers, and celebrated for their commitment to perfection in blend, balance and intonation. “Still unmatched for their musicality and the sheer ability to entertain,” lauds The Times of London. Renowned for their versatility, The King’s Singers have an impressive repertoire that encompasses Medieval music to Renaissance masterpieces, lieder to folk, classical to pop and jazz. This extraordinary ensemble returns to the Center for the Arts for an unforgettable performance on Friday, Nov. 6 at 8 p.m. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-2010 season.

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. The Times of London describes The King’s Singers as a group that has “stayed in character for more than four decades, yet retuned itself to the times.”  The ensemble’s expansive repertoire includes everything from the music of late Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, 20th century classical and film score composer György Ligeti and charming 21st century crooner Michael Bublé. Composed of countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Philip Lawson and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Stephen Connolly, the group’s affability, enthusiasm and ability to communicate music have helped it 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, former factories and major concert halls across the globe. The ensemble has performed at major music venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Royal Albert Hall, Windsor Castle, the Berliner Philharmonie, Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Salzburg Mozarteum and Paris Salle Gaveau. The King’s Singers frequently perform at music festivals, and the group 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. They have also teamed up with distinguished soloists, including Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Emanuel Ax, Marilyn Horne, Evelyn Glennie, Dudley Moore, Roger Vignoles, George Shearing and even Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys. These collaborations have often resulted in recordings to add to The King’s Singers’ discography of nearly 90 albums, which have earned the group several Grammy nominations, and a Grammy Award in 2009 for “Simple Gifts.” The King’s Singers’ latest album “From the Heart” is scheduled to be released in the United States in October 2009.

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.

 

HSBC Bank is the Magnificent Music series sponsor for the 2009-2010 season.

Tickets for THE KING’S SINGERS are $44, $36, $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.gmu.edu/cfa. 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.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.