2/14

Divine Voice Series
SERIES:YOU

The King’s Singers

Thursday, February 14, 2013, 7:30 pm
St. Francis of Assisi

What will you hear? A British male vocal sextet sing in a cappella.

Instantly recognizable from their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of text, and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers, charming the audience with a delightful British wit along with their stunning vocal performance. The group takes its name from King’s College Cambridge, where the original members were choral scholars. Composed of a bass, two baritones, a tenor, and two countertenors, The King’s Singers have a discography of over 150 recordings and have commissioned more than 200 works from prominent contemporary composers. A favorite of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they performed together at the 2002 Winter Olympics. The group returns to Ann Arbor for the first time since 2005.

Program

Plainsong Pater Noster
Schütz Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes
des Pres Pater Noster
William Harris Holy is the True Light
Schütz Vater unser
Byrd Vigilate
Stravinsky Pater Noster
Poulenc: Quatre Petites Prières de Saint François d’Assise
Duruflé Notre Père
Palestrina Ego sum panis vivus
Tavener The Lord’s Prayer
Purcell Remember not, Lord, our offences
Bernstein The Lord’s Prayer
Lassus Ad te levavi
Plainsong Pater Noster

Traditional (arr. Goff Richards):
La filadora
El niño querido Claro abril resplandecio
Villançico Catalan
La Pastoreta – Maria Rosa – La Caterineta
Songs in Close Harmony (to be announced)
Program Book [PDF]

Also see
www.kingssingers.com

The King’s Singers take their name from King’s College Cambridge, where the original members were choral scholars. Since 1968, there have been just 24 members of the group – the original 6, plus 18 replacements, usually one at a time. They are composed of a bass, two baritones, a tenor, and two countertenors. With a discography of well over 150 recordings they maintain a deep commitment to new choral music and have commissioned over 200 works from prominent contemporary composers. As a favorite of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they performed together at the 2012 Winter Olympics.

This performance marks The King’s Singers eighth appearance under UMS auspices. The group last performed during UMS’s 2005-2006 season.