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Anonymous 4 to present next Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts concert

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN.- Anonymous 4, the New York female vocal quartet known for its mastery of early music, will perform at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton. The event is part of the 2002-03 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) series. "Anonymous 4 has an almost unearthly vocal blend," says William Eash, director of choral music at Bethel College. "The singers demonstrate an extraordinary understanding of the music of the medieval period and will present an ingeniously designed program that weaves music with poetry and narrative."

Anonymous 4 formed in 1986 and took their name from a description of musical works from the year 1280: "Composer: Anonymous. Number in the series: 4."

The group will present selections from their most recent CD, "La bele Marie: Songs to the Virgin from 13th-century France," that was released in August.

"This is the only Kansas concert for Anonymous 4 this year," Eash says.

Anonymous 4 performs in major cities throughout North America and is a celebrated regular at international festivals. In addition, Anonymous 4 has appeared on radio and television in the United States and Germany. The group’s 12 award-winning recordings with the recording company harmonia mundi usa have sold more than one million copies worldwide.

Anonymous 4 is scheduled to perform with other featured artists - Marvin Hamlisch, Dawn Upshaw, Itzhak Perlman, Tony Bennett and others - at an Artists for Breast Cancer Survival benefit concert Nov. 4 at Carnegie Hall in New York before appearing for the HBPA audience Nov. 17.

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