The King’s Singers Bring Holiday Music to Center for the Arts

Posted: November 7, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For almost 40 years, the King’s Singers have captured the imagination and appreciation of audiences worldwide. This British sextet will perform their traditional Yule concert, “Joy to the World,” at the Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m.

The program includes a variety of holiday pieces, such as “Veni, Veni Emmanuel”; “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming;” “The Coventry Carol”; and “Away in a Manger.”

A discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the 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.

Currently 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.

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.

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.

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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