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King’s Singers to perform in Hesston in February

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HESSTON, KAN. -- One of the world’s most acclaimed vocal ensembles will take the stage in Hesston College’s Yost Center for a 7:30 p.m. concert, Thursday, Feb. 17. The performance is the fourth of five events in the 2004-05 Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts (HBPA) season. Founded at King’s College in Cambridge, England, in 1968, the King’s Singers are known for presenting diverse programs encompassing a wide range of repertoire. The Hesston program features the six-voice male ensemble singing music from the Spanish Renaissance, contemporary Britain, Edwardian England and an arrangement of French folk songs.

"The King’s Singers are capable of creating a broad spectrum of color and emotion through their music, whether singing a Renaissance madrigal or a contemporary ballad," said Jake Rittenhouse, HBPA chair. "This will be the King’s Singers third appearance at Hesston College, but the first in more than 12 years."

The King’s Singers Hesston concert is the only Kansas stop in an 11-concert North American tour that will also take the group to Pennsylvania, Virginia, District of Columbia, New York, Ontario, Missouri, Idaho, California and Texas.

The concert is supported by the Heartland Arts Fund, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions by the Kansas Arts Commission, Courtney S. Turner Charitable Trust and foundations, corporations and individuals throughout Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas.

The King’s Singers catalogue of recordings includes more than 90 titles, ranging from covers of Beatles tunes performed with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra to English madrigals to children’s music to their most recent, Gesualdo--Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday.

Tickets range from $15 to $20 with discounts available for students and senior citizens. Call 620-327-8158 for reservations.

Rajaton, a Finnish sextet that sings contemporary and jazz choral music, will present the final concert in the 2004-05 HBPA season at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 5, in Bethel College’s Memorial Hall.

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