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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Tuesday To-Do: King's Singers

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KING'S SINGERS
7:30 p.m. UCA Reynolds Performance Hall. $30-$35.

Central Arkansas should feel lucky to host a group that's graced high-end concert halls, performed in private for the British royal family and has an expanded repertoire of 2,000 works. Created in Cambridge, England, in 1968, by six choral scholars, this a cappella musical force has evolved into international sensation. Its operating principle is known as the “Pyramid of Sound,” a heavy blended baritone/bass foundation upon which the other voices sit. Concerts are typically divided into distinct groups, including madrigals, folk songs, spirituals, recent commissions and “close harmonies.” Which could mean anything from Beatles, Billy Joel, Queen and Gershwin tunes, usually arranged by top-shelf composers specifically for the group. Although no original members are in the current lineup, their 12-to-20-year tenure average speaks for itself, as do their collective and individual voices.

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