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Swingle Singers in town Friday!

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  • Roland Sharette
    The Swingle Singers perform Bach to Beatles at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 23 at Augustana Lutheran Church, 5000 East Alameda Ave., Denver. Swingle Singers
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 20, 2009
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      The Swingle Singers perform “Bach to Beatles” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, January 23 atAugustana Lutheran Church , 5000 East Alameda Ave. , Denver . Swingle Singers will perform Bach’s “Organ Fugue in E Minor” BWV 578, arranged by Ward Swingle. Beatles hits will include “Eleanor Rigby,” “Blackbird/I Will” and “Lady Madonna.” Tickets are $30 Adult / $20 Senior / $10 Student. For tickets call 303-388-4962 or visit www.augustanaarts.org

      In the world of a cappella music, this group has always been and still is revered by all who followed its lead. It is hard to comprehend that it all began as an exercise in sight-reading, to alleviate the monotony of Sixties ‘backing vocals’. Eight Paris-based jazz-session singers (including Ward Swingle) sang through some Bach keyboard music one day and discovered a natural swing to the music. Without changing a note of the original score, they used jazz scat and phrasing, added a rhythm section and persuaded Philips Records to record it for them as Christmas presents for family and friends. Little did they know the level of fame to which this record would elevate them; they reached number one on the charts and won several Grammy awards.  

      Since the release of their ground-breaking debut album Jazz Sébastien Bach in 1963, this eight-voice a cappella group has performed in every continent and on the world’s most famous stages, sustaining over four decades a level of international popularity beyond the dreams of its founder, American-born Ward Swingle (yes, his real name). The current line-up of young, gorgeous and talented singers will include tributes to the original French group with traditional 'swung' Bach.

      Swingle Singers will perform for the Colorado Music Educators Association at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs on Thursday, January 22, following which they will travel to Denver for one performance in the exceptional Augustana Arts Series. If you are a vocal musician, you must not miss this opportunity.

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