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Published February 07 2010

King’s Singers, Concordia Choir to collaborate

As if this week’s residency by violin virtuoso Midori wasn’t enough for area classical music lovers, a Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble is coming to town to perform and record an album with the Concordia Choir.

The six-man, Great Britain-based King’s Singers will perform a concert with the 70-plus-member choir Tuesday evening at Concordia’s Memorial Auditorium. The next day both groups will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead to record an album for Signum Records. (The recording session is not open to the public.) The album is scheduled for release in the fall.

Eric Runestad, director of cultural events and music organizations at Concordia College, says the King’s Singers have “probably about as stellar a reputation for the quality of their singing and the clarity of their singing and their tone as just about anybody in the business.”

Their album “Simple Gifts” won a 2009 Grammy for best classical crossover album.

“After we had the group booked to perform at Concordia, I had several communications with IMG Artists, their agent for booking performances, and Claire Long, their general manager, about possible collaborative opportunities,” Runestad says. “The idea of the shared performance was born first and then grew to include the shared recording.”

Concordia Choir bass vocalist Brandon Jones is pumped about the opportunity to work with the King’s Singers.

“I’ve known about the King’s Singers since I was in the sixth grade,” he says. “When you listen to them, they’re pure tone is captivating.”

On the forthcoming album, the Concordia Choir and the King’s Singers will perform together on three pieces the Singers commissioned for the group’s 40th anniversary. The choir and the King’s Singers will also perform separately on the album.

The recording will be available at www.concordiarecordings.com after its release.

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