Performance Monday, February 18, 2013 | 7:30 PM

The King's Singers

Zankel Hall
Please note that this performance by The King's Singers was originally scheduled for Friday, November 2 and was postponed due to the ongoing effects of Hurricane Sandy. Tickets for the November 2 performance will be honored for this concert.

Audiences love The King’s Singers: Everyone leaves a concert enchanted by wit, charm, and exceptional musicality, whether the group is performing the latest in contemporary a cappella vocal music, Renaissance madrigals, or arrangements of Billy Joel songs.


  • The King's Singers
  • ·· David Hurley, Countertenor
  • ·· Timothy Wayne-Wright, Countertenor
  • ·· Paul Phoenix, Tenor
  • ·· Christopher Bruerton, Baritone
  • ·· Christopher Gabbitas, Baritone
  • ·· Jonathan Howard, Bass


  • MORLEY "Hard by a Crystal Fountain" from The Triumphs of Oriana
  • CROCE "Ove tra l'herbe e i fiori" from Il trionfo di Dori
  • SAINT-SAËNS "Saltarelle," Op. 74
  • GABRIELI "Se cantano gl'augelli" from Il trionfo di Dori
  • JOHNSON "Come, Blessed Bird" from The Triumphs of Oriana
  • POULENC Un soir de neige
  • PALESTRINA "Quando dal terzo cielo" from Il trionfo di Dori
  • WEELKES "As Vesta was, from Latmos Hill Descending" from The Triumphs of Oriana
  • JOBY TALBOT "Leon" from Path of Miracles
  • PETRASSI Nonsense
  • RODGERS "My Funny Valentine"
  • GERSHWIN "I Can't Sit Down" (arr. Shearing) from Porgy and Bess
  • ARLEN "It's a New World"
  • HARRY CONNICK "Recipe for Making Love"

  • Encores:
  • HOLIDAY "God Bless the Child" (arr. Bennett)
  • ALBERT HAMMOND "I'm a Train" (arr. Knight)
  • JOHN DAVID "You Are the New Day" (arr. Knight)
  • BILLY JOEL "And So it Goes" (arr. Chilcott)


  • The King's Singers

    One of the world's most celebrated ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media, and mentoring that spans the globe. Championing the work of both young and established composers, they are instantly recognizable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text, and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.

    During 2012, The King's Singers perform across the globe in some of the world's most famous concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House and the Berlin Philharmonie. Their concert schedule takes them to Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, and Finland.

    With a discography of more than 150 recordings, The King's Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim, including a Grammy Award in 2009 for their studio album Simple Gifts on Signum. Always deeply committed to new choral music, they have commissioned more than 200 works from prominent contemporary composers, including Richard Rodney Bennett, Luciano Berio, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, György Ligeti, Pawel Łukaszewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, John Rutter, Toru Takemitsu, and John Tavener. Their recent album High Flight includes works commissioned by The King's Singers from Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott; it was recorded in the US with the renowned Concordia Choir and released in the fall of 2011 on Signum. Other recent Signum releases include Swimming Over London, combining some of the group's favorite selections with new songs and arrangements; a world premiere recording of Pachelbel's Music for Vespers with Charivari Agréable; and a DVD of Christmas repertoire released in December 2011.

    The King's Singers have an extraordinary history of television appearances. A favorite of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they performed with that ensemble for the 2002 Winter Olympics and appeared in its 2008 Christmas concert, which was broadcast on PBS across the US to a combined live audience of 80,000 and is now available on DVD. Following their televised performance at the 2008 BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall-also available on a DVD and awarded a MIDEM Classical Award in January 2010-they have appeared on BBC Breakfast and performed frequently on Songs of Praise.

    There are more than two million pieces of sheet music published by The King's Singers in circulation. Their arrangements are sung the world over by school and college choirs, and by ensembles both amateur and professional.

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Harold Arlen and Ira Gershwin's It's A New World
The King's Singers

At a Glance

One of the main characteristics that separate human beings from other animals is the ability to communicate through language, and one of the fundamental forms of communication is storytelling. It is believed that early cave painting was a form of narrative, and the development of writing widened the dissemination of stories. Tales of mythology have been hugely popular throughout the ages, with these so-called "false stories" serving as a narrative to explain how the world and humankind came to be in their present form. In a broader sense, myths—the theme of this program—can refer to any traditional story.
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