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The King’s Singers to Set the Mood for the Holiday Season

One of the world’s most successful a cappella groups is coming to Marshall County for a two-day residency. While in the area The King’s Singers will perform a Christmas concert and lead a Master Class. Ticket sales are underway for their concert, “Joy to the World,” on Friday, November 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Marysville High School auditorium.

Founded in 1968 at King’s College in Cambridge, England, The King’s Singers has long been one of the world’s most popular vocal groups. The group includes bass Jonathan Howard, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, tenor Paul Phoenix, and countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright.

The group will perform across the globe during their current season; the first stop on their North American tour will be Marysville, KS.

Their visit is sponsored by the Marshall County Arts Cooperative.

“For me, bringing the group to our county was an easy decision to make,” said Brian Cook, a board member for the arts cooperative. “As one can imagine, bringing a Grammy-award winning group from another country comes with a price tag. Personally, I felt it was a worth-while investment because I wanted to hear this fantastic group here in Marysville among my friends and family. This concert will not disappoint.”

The two-act concert includes traditional Christmas songs, Christmas music from Spain, and some new arrangements on familiar carols. The group’s final set is entitled “Close Harmony” and will include Christmas favorites and music from “The Comedian Harmonists” as the group coins itself.

“I’ve never seen them in concert,” Cook said. “However, from what I’ve read, they introduce every song they sing. The reviews and editorials all refer to these guys as quite humorous. I think that will be a neat juxtaposition – their classical singing against their contemporary, humorous delivery.”

One of the songs on the program includes an arrangement of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” by Geoffrey Keating. Always a crowd pleaser, the song narrates a maiden’s series of letters to her lover on receipt of his increasingly inappropriate gifts.

“The repertoire on the concert’s program is broad,” said Wayne Kruse, the arts cooperative’s executive director. “We’re billing this concert as ‘the’ event of the holiday season. Hopefully, the timing of the concert is ideal giving families together for Thanksgiving a chance to get in the Christmas spirit.”

Tickets for the concert are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, Marysville, or by calling 785-562-3101. Seating on the orchestra level is reserved; tickets are $10.00 for adults or $5.00 for children 18 and younger. General admission seating is available in the balcony for $5.00.

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