The Swingles will be on campus for two events today only, December 10: a Q&A Demo from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Commons Area of Stapleton Library as part of the ongoing Library/Lively Arts Series, and then at 8:00 p.m. in Gorell
Recital Hall for their evening performance.
If you love a capella singing and Christmas music, and you enjoy meeting really cool musicians, today is your day. Don’t miss out on meeting the members of this five-time Grammy winners and hearing them perform.
For more than half a century, the Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy winners since they first
made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, the Swingles are recognized as masters of their craft.
In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, they have won five Grammy awards
and made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including pop, jazz, folk, contemporary classical, and new original songs. Recent releases include Folklore, inspired by traditional music
from around the world; the 50th anniversary album Deep End; and the holiday collection Yule Songs vol. II.
The Swingles have appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers, Grey’s Anatomy, and Glee. In 2017, they co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of Alexander Payne’s film Downsizing. Their
prolific output of music videos has also earned them millions of views online and new audiences around the world.
The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum, and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting
with his groundbreaking “Sinfonia,” first performed in 1968. The group continue to perform the piece to great acclaim around the world, including recent performances at San Francisco’s Davies Symphony
Hall with Michael Tilson Thomas, London’s Royal Festival Hall with Vladimir Jurowsky, and Milan’s La Scala with John Axelrod.
In addition to a busy touring schedule that regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia, the Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place
each January in partnership with Ikon Arts Management. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.
Tickets for this event are available for purchase online through the Lively Arts website or by calling the ticket hotline at 724-357-1313.
They can also be purchased at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office in Fisher Auditorium. Any seats remaining will be sold at the door starting one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are priced at $22 for regular admission, $18 for seniors/I-Card/military,
and $11 for students and children. Online tickets are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The ticket hotline and ticket office in Fisher Auditorium are open from noon to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. The ticket office is closed for university holidays.
For more information on this and other events as well as group tickets within the Lively Arts, call 724-357-2787 (ARTS) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ovations series is funded, in part, by donations through the Premiere Club, business sponsorships, grants, and the IUP Student Cooperative Association. The Lively Arts—a program of the College of Fine Arts—presents nearly 200 performances, programs, and exhibits annually.