Symphony Series: The King's Singers
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 | 7pm
Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King's Singers are in global demand. Their work is synonymous with the best vocal ensemble performance and appeals to a vast international audience.
Concert Program (subject to change)
Cyrillus Kreek Mu jumal!
Önnis on inimene
Orlandus Lassus In pace
Adoramus te, Christe
Ad te levavi
The Beach Boys The Lord’s Prayer
John McCabe Scenes in America Deserta
Camille Saint-Saëns Calme des nuits
Stanley Glasser Uhambo Ngesitimela
Bob Chilcott We are*
*Combined performance with the
Walla Walla High School Chamber Singers
UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL
The second half will be fueled by the same lifeblood that guided the original six King’s Singers when they came together in 1968: a maverick spirit that held musical quality, storytelling and entertainment above everything else. Invigorating our rich musical heritage with some unexpected new surprises, Up close and personal opens up our vault of music, with stories from our unique history thrown in, whilst also giving us a chance to share a glimpse of what’s to come.
Please note: This performance will feature The King's Singers only and does not include Symphony musicians.
This performance is supported in part by
the Walla Walla Public Schools Music Program.
Did you know?
The group was formed in 1968 by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge.
The King’s Singers began with a vocal line-up of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass and still use this formation 50 years later.
A countertenor is a male whose normal singing range is in registers normally assigned to sopranos and altos.
About the Guest Artists
Patrick Dunachie Countertenor
Edward Button Countertenor
Julian Gregory Tenor
Christopher Bruerton Baritone
Nick Ashby Bass-Baritone
Jonathan Howard Bass
The King’s Singers were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since. 2018 marks the 50th birthday of the group, and to celebrate, The King’s Singers are presenting their anniversary season: GOLD. Everything in this GOLD season, from triple-album to book and concert tour, celebrates the amazing musical heritage of The King’s Singers, and also looks at the bright future of vocal music in all its forms.
What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence across the globe. Two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group.
This love of diversity has always fuelled The King’s Singers’ commitment to creating new music. A panoply of commissioned works by many of the supreme composers of our times – including Sir John Tavener, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly, György Ligeti and Eric Whitacre – sits alongside countless bespoke arrangements in the group’s extensive repertoire. The group is determined to spread the joy of ensemble singing, and leads workshops and residential courses all over the world each season.
The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group is still charged by the same lifeblood – one that wants to radiate the joy singing brings every day, and that wants to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future.
Visit www.kingsingers.com for the latest news, blog entries, video blogs, podcasts, Tweets and YouTube updates.
The King's Singers' recordings are available on Signum Records, EM Records, TELARC, RCA Victor & Red Seal/BMG Classics, and EMI/Angel record labels.
A comprehensive catalogue of The King Singers' choral arrangements is available from Hal Leonard Corporation, 777 West Bluemound Road, Milwaukee WI 53213.