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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS THE KING’S SINGERS “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK” Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m.
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE KING’S SINGERS
“THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK”
Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., Jan. 13, 2014 – British a cappella sextet The King’s Singers returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at 4 p.m., performing “The Great American Songbook.” This enchanting evening of music features treasured songs by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Etta James and more. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, will be held 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.
This spectacular performance showcases the timeless songs of one of the most prolific eras of popular music, which drew to a close right around the time that The King’s Singers were established. Many of these beloved classics were originally written for musicals but stand alone on their own merits, a testament to the beauty of the melodies and wittiness of the lyrics. With 17 new arrangements written specifically for The King’s Singers by Alexander L’Estrange, “The Great American Songbook” features such hits as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Cheek to Cheek,” “Beyond the Sea,” “The Best is Yet to Come,” “My Funny Valentine,” “I Won’t Dance,” “At Last” and much more. The ensemble released its album, “The Great American Songbook,” on Signum Classics in October 2013.
“They are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain,” says The Times, London about this remarkable sextet that was founded by six choral scholars at King’s College in Cambridge in 1968. For more than four decades, The King’s Singers have been revered for their crystal-clear sound, impeccable pitch, delightful British wit and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. The ensemble has captivated audiences the world over with stunning interpretations of vocal music featuring everything from Bach to Bublé, and have performed to sold-out crowds at prestigious venues across the globe, including Carnegie Hall, King’s College Chapel and Dresden Frauenkirche. The King’s Singers have a discography of more than 150 recordings, including their 2009 Grammy Award-winning album, “Simple Gifts.” In June 2013, the ensemble was one of only two vocal ensembles to receive the honor of joining the Gramophone Music Hall of Fame. Committed to the development of new choral music, The King’s Singers have commissioned more than 200 works by prominent contemporary composers, and have produced vast quantities of sheet music (more than two million items in circulation); their arrangements are sung by school and college choirs and amateur and professional ensembles across the globe. Featuring 22 singers throughout the years, the current line-up of The King’s Singers includes countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas and bass Jonathan Howard.
Tickets for THE KING’S SINGERS are $48, $40 and $24. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit cfa.gmu.edu. Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/gmucfa and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.
About George Mason University
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