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October 26, 2012
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Artist Series welcomes British a capella group

Courtesy of Alex MacNaughton
MUSIC IS IN THE WORDS--The King's Singers will perform in Weber Chapel auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 31 as part of the university's Artist Series.
No tricks, only treats this Halloween as Susquehanna prepares for a performance from the world-famous a capella group, the King's Singers.

This all-male singing group, hailing from the United Kingdom, will serve as this year's musical component of the Artist Series. The Artist Series has been presenting international performances from acclaimed artists of dance, music and theatre to both Susquehanna and the broader community since 1902.

The King's Singers have recorded more than 150 musical recordings and have won many awards and accolades including a Grammy in 2009 for their album "Simple Gifts on Signum." They have also made numerous television appearances and have participated in the 2002 Winter Olympics.

The group's performance at Susquehanna will be one of many stops on their tour "Riddles Rhymes and Rounds."

According to Associate Provost and Dean of the School of Arts & Science Valerie Martin, the idea of bring the King's Singers came from the suggestion by junior Hope Margerum, who had looked into a variety of chamber group ensembles before deciding on the King's Singers.

She also noted, that such a performance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. "I think with any live musical performances, there's an intimacy and an impact that you just can't get from recordings," Margerum said.

Assistant Professor of Music Marcos Krieger mentioned that what sets the King's Singers apart from other vocal groups is their attention to their audience. Throughout the performance, one can expect a variation of American and British folk songs.

Another aspect of the performance that will set the King's Singers apart from other a capella groups is that although all the music is classical, it will also all be in English. According to the program notes for their performance, special attention was spent to the messages within the text of the pieces.

To coincide with their Halloween eve performance, the King's Singers have a few seasonal favorites that they have incorporated into their encores.

"They use that artistry and skill with a variety of music. They have recorded arrangement of Billy Joel ballads. They use their musicianship with any kind of music and show to audiences and to aspiring musicians that any music is worth it, the time and the attention if you have the skills to do it," Krieger said.

The King's Singers will also be teaching an hour-long master class with the university's chamber choir.

Those interested in attending the Oct. 31 performance of the King's Singers at 7:30 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium can order their tickets at the Degenstein Campus Theatre Box Office. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for senior citizens, free for Susquehanna students with their student ID and $5 for non-Susquehanna students.

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