Jakub Józef Orliński

Jakub Józef Orliński
Jakub Józef Orliński, countertenor. Photo by M. Sharkey

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The King's Singers: Christmas Songbook – The Greene Space, New York – Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 AM – Live on Livestream

In an exclusive New York appearance, The King's Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles – consummate entertainers with a delightfully British wit –, perform selections from their new album, Christmas Songbook, featuring a mix of traditional carols and modern-day classics with a hint of swing.

New York: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 PM

Σε μιαν αποκλειστική εμφάνιση στη Νέα Υόρκη, το βραβευμένο με Γκράμι, διάσημο βρετανικό a cappella φωνητικό σύνολο The King's Singers παρουσιάζει ένα πρόγραμμα με σύγχρονα και παραδοσιακά χριστουγεννιάτικα τραγούδια από το νέο τους άλμπουμ "Christmas Songbook".

Η συναυλία θα λάβει χώρα στο The Greene Space της Νέας Υόρκης, την Πέμπτη 1 Δεκεμβρίου 2016, στις 2:00 πμ (ώρα Νέας Υόρκης: Τετάρτη 30 Νοεμβρίου 2016, 7:00 μμ), και θα μεταδοθεί ζωντανά από το Livestream.

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The King's Singers: Christmas Songbook

1. It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (Meredith Wilson, arr. Alexander L'Estrange)
2. In the Bleak Midwinter (Gustav Holst, arr. Alexander L'Estrange)
3. Veni, Veni, Emmanuel (Trad., arr. Philip Lawson)
4. The Crown of Roses (Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, arr. Jeremy Lubbock)
5. Bogoroditsye Dyevo / Rejoice, O Mother of God (Arvo Pärt)
6. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear (Trad., arr. Robert Rice)
7. Still, Still, Still (Trad., arr. Alexander L'Estrange)
8. Sleigh Ride (Leroy Anderson, arr. Alexander L'Estrange)
9. White Christmas (Irving Berlin, arr. Robert Rice)
10. The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot (M. Carr, T. Connor and J. Leach, arr. Alexander L'Estrange)
11. Frosty vs Rudolph: The Reboot (W. Rollins, S. Nelson and J. Marks)
12. Silent Night  (Franz Gruber, arr. Keith Roberts)
13. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas (H. Martin and R. Blane)

The King's Singers:
Patrick Dunachie, first countertenor – Joined September 2016
Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor – Joined January 2009
Julian Gregory, tenor – Joined September 2014
Christopher Bruerton, baritone – Joined January 2012
Christopher Gabbitas, baritone – Joined February 2004
Jonathan Howard, bass – Joined September 2010

Live from The Greene Space, New York

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes / Διάρκεια: 1 ώρα και 15 λεπτά

(HD 720p)

Thursday, December 1, 2016, 2:00 AM (EET, UTC+02:00)
(New York: Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 7:00 PM)

Live on Livestream

Photo by Andy Staples

The King's Singers are an entertaining six-man vocal ensemble that tours the world singing a variety of repertory to appreciative listeners. The group was formed in 1965 by a few of the choral scholars of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. They had decided to make a private recording of some of the secular music they had been working on, calling themselves "Schola Cantorum Pro Musica Profana in Cantabridgiense". They commissioned 100 pressings to keep and give to friends and families. From this start, the six (Martin Lane, Alastair Hume, Neil Jenkins, Richard Salter, Simon Carrington, and Brian Kay) decided to undertake a tour, and booked themselves as "Six Choral Scholars from King's College".

All at Once Well Met: English Madrigals. The tour was a success, and a new name – the King's Singers, suggested by an Argo Records executive – was chosen. Their first concert officially took place on May 1, 1968. By 1971, the King's Singers had drawn considerable attention in England and began making their first recordings. By Appointment and The King's Music appeared in 1971 and 1972, respectively. In the 1980s, the King's Singers experienced their first personnel changes, but the group's popularity remained high, bolstered by a heavy touring schedule that even included an appearance on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. Then-recent recordings, like their All at Once Well Met: English Madrigals (1985) and Beatles Connection (1986), achieved impressive sales.

The King's Singers continue to entertain audiences with their music, maintaining their meticulous style through numerous changes in their lineup. The longest-serving member of the group was Alastair Hume, who remained with the King's Singers until the end of their 1992 season. Several former members, such as Nigel Short and Gabriel Crouch, have established successful solo careers. Members of the 2016-2017 season included Patrick Dunachie and Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenors; Julian Gregory, tenor; Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, baritones; and Jonathan Howard, bass.

Simple GiftsThe King's Singers have made several dozen recordings of a wide variety of music for several labels, everything from madrigals and motets to Japanese folk songs to a cappella arrangements of pop songs. They have also commissioned a large number of new compositions from composers such as Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, James MacMillan, and Gabriela Lena Frank. They also teach masterclasses and summer programs for young musicians. In 2009, the King's Singers won a Grammy Award for their recording Simple Gifts, on the Signum label. They were also part of Eric Whitacre's 2012 Grammy-winning recording Light & Gold. The King's Singers continue to perform, frequently to sold-out audiences, and make recordings that are not only critically admired but also much loved by fans.

Source: Rovi Staff (allmusic.com)

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