Center for the Arts Presents The King’s Singers

Posted: October 26, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: October 23, 2009 at 4:41 pm

The King's Singers. Photo by Marco Borggreve

The King's Singers. Photo by Marco Borggreve

For more than 40 years, The King’s Singers has maintained its place at the apex of a cappella singing. One of Britain’s great musical institutions, this remarkable sextet is counted among the world’s most elite classical performers and have an impressive repertoire that encompasses Medieval music to Renaissance masterpieces, lieder to folk, classical to pop and jazz.

The ensemble returns to the Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. A discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 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 UK 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 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.

The group is composed of countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Philip Lawson and Christopher Gabbitas and bass Stephen Connolly.

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, such as 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 performed 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 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,” has just been released in the United States.

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 2009-10 season.

Tickets are $44, $36 and $22. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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