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King’s Singers comes to Notre Dame

Brandon Hollihan | Friday, November 5, 2004

The immensely successful and world-renowned a cappella group, the King’s Singers, will arrive at Notre Dame’s campus to perform in the Leighton Concert Hall on Sunday at 8 a.m.This performance will feature countertenors David Hurley and Robin Tyson, tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Philip Lawson and Chris Gabbitas and bass Stephen Connolly. The original group was founded at King’s College in Cambridge in 1968, and has since developed into a world-class vocal ensemble. The almost perpetual touring has taken the group to such North American venues as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, as well as such prestigious festivals as Tanglewood, Ravinia and Interlochen. Internationally, the King’s Singers has touched virtually every corner of the world, performing in major venues in London, Paris, Rome, Vienna, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Mexico City, among others.The King’s Singers’ history is one of great prestige. It has produced over 110 recordings, including “Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday,” released earlier this year. The group’s last Grammy nomination came in 2001 for the classical-crossover recording “Circle of Life.”The group has received acclaim in television, having appeared on ABC in an Emmy award-winning Christmas special with such artists as Julie Andrews and Placido Domingo. The group is also a frequent radio guest, appearing on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” and “Prairie Home Companion,” hosted by Garrison Keillor.During the years the King’s Singers has also been dedicated to commissioning new music. It often features the works of contemporary artists, including Gian Carlo Menotti (whose opera The Consul was performed on campus here last spring), György Ligeti, Krysztof Penderecki, John Rutter and John Taverner. The King’s Singers is in the midst of a U.S. tour this October and November that includes stops in Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Minneapolis and Oklahoma City. Tickets can be purchased at the Debartolo Performing Arts Center’s box office. They cost $45 for general admission, $35 for Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s and Holy Cross faculty, and $15 for all students.