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October 10, 2007

Kennedy Center announces A Cappella series

Press Release:

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced that it will feature a cappella artists representing communities and vocal traditions from around the world—from gospel to sacred chants to barber shop quartets to labor music, from Nova Scotia to Norway to Mexico to South Africa—for ten days, May 28, 2008 through June 6, 2008.

A Cappella: Singing Solo kicks off on the Millennium Stage with a program entitled “Singing in Halls of Stone,” featuring The Men of the Deeps—a choir of working and retired coal miners from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia—and The Washington National Cathedral Choirs.

On June 1 in the Concert Hall, ten-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and composer Bobby McFerrin leads an all-star concert featuring Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, La Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España, and Chanticleer. The Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award-winning group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, who were featured on Paul Simon’s album Graceland, represents the Zulu culture of South Africa with their vocal style of Iscathamiya developed by South African miners. San Francisco-based Chanticleer has developed a reputation for its vivid interpretations of Renaissance, jazz, gospel, and contemporary music. The Grammy Award-winning female vocal ensemble Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares was created fifty years ago to enrich the heritage of the Bulgarian solo folk song with harmonies and arrangements that highlighted its beautiful timbres and irregular rhythms. Mexico’s La Capilla Virreinal de la Nueva España, under the direction of Aurelio Tello, offers both sacred and secular choral music from the colonial era of the 17th and 18th centuries, from Spanish and Portuguese composers as well as African-influenced works.

The Norwegian female group Trio Mediaeval and the male group Cantus, from St. Olaf’s College in Minnesota, explore sacred and secular sounds in the Terrace Theater on May 30, 2008. The British a cappella ensemble I Fagiolini, winner of the 2006 Royal Philharmonic Society Award, bring their imaginative approach to Renaissance and contemporary music to the Terrace Theater on May 31, 2008.

The Center's free Millennium Stage will host a number of dynamic artists featuring varied vocal styles from around the world during the ten-day celebration, including: Tidewater, Virginia’s Paschall Brothers and Brooklyn-based Persuasions in a gospel and pop quartet program; the Jitro Czech Children’s Chorus; Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver with the amazing harmonies of bluegrass gospel; barber shop quartets; and more. On June 1, 2008, the Millennium Stage will also host a Collegiate A Cappella Summit, a day-long event highlighting the rich tradition of singing from historically black colleges and universities to the Ivy League.

A Cappella: Singing Solo closes on June 6, 2008 with the Millennium Stage Eleventh Anniversary celebration featuring the Grammy Award-winning Manhattan Transfer, who combine traditional and progressive jazz, Latin, world and pop music.

Posted by acapnews at October 10, 2007 12:31 AM


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