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November 20, 2003

Jerusalem Post

You could probably count the groups that have made it past their 40th anniversary on the fingers of one hand. In fact, not too many names spring to mind other than the Rolling Stones and the Swingle Singers. Unlike the Stones, the latter may have changed its personnel several times over the past four decades, but the world's premier a cappella group appears to be going from strength to strength.

Last August, the British-based vocal ensemble was enthusiastically received at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat. Next week the group will be back for a series of five concerts with the Israel Kibbutz Orchestra although, naturally, the repertoire will be somewhat different from the jazz standards-based program it performed in Eilat.

"We try to sing something different everywhere we go," says Swingle Singers artistic director Joanna Forbes, who is also one of the group's nine vocalists. "We also try to sing something from the local repertoire, if we can."

Of course, if you're going to sing in Hebrew, it helps to have an Israeli in the group. Kinneret Maor-Erez joined the Swingle Singers earlier this year, and has no doubt helped Forbes and her other colleagues with their Hebrew pronunciation.

"Yes, it's been great having Kinneret with us," says Forbes. "We met her on a previous tour of Israel, and she expressed an interest in joining us. A few months ago, one of our members left, and Kinneret fills the gap very well." More

Posted by acapnews at November 20, 2003 10:05 PM


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