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King’s Singers to perform Feb. 24 at Armstrong Auditorium

EDMOND, OKLAHOMA – The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most celebrated all-male a cappella ensembles, will perform Postcards From Around the World at the Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 24.

The King’s Singers are revered for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text, incisive timing and mastery of an expansive repertoire spanning centuries of great music. They have captivated audiences worldwide with their charming British wit and their stunning musical interpretations covering everything from Bach to Bublé.

With a packed schedule of concerts and records, the ensemble has performed to sold-out crowds at nearly every prestigious concert hall and was inducted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame, picking up a Grammy Award along the way. The beloved sextet includes countertenors David Hurley and Timothy Wayne-Wright, tenor Julian Gregory, baritones Christopher Bruerton and Christopher Gabbitas, and bass Jonathan Howard.

The King’s Singers present Postcards From Around the World, a lively program of music from across the globe. Their performance will feature select favorites from their celebrated new album, Great American Songbook, including brand new arrangements written specifically for the group.

“The King’s Singers have undoubtedly set the standard for the art of unaccompanied singing, and we are thrilled to present such an acclaimed ensemble to Oklahoma audiences,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager, “The crystal-clear quality of their tones matched with our superior acoustics will create an incomparable musical performance.”

Tickets to see The King’s Singers begin at $31 for balcony seating and $71 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, please visit www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010. Armstrong Auditorium is located at 14400 S. Bryant in Edmond.

ARMSTRONG AUDITORIUM WELCOMES MONDOLINIST AVI AVITAL JOINED BY THE VENICE BAROQUE ORCHESTRA

Grammy-nominated mandolinist Avi Avital joins the Venice Baroque Orchestra in a program of Italian Baroque masterpieces at the Armstrong Auditorium 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 3.

Recognized by the New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” mandolinist Avi Avital is one of the world’s most exciting and entrepreneurial musicians. Recently performing at musical festival South by Southwest, he is committed to reviving the mandolin through his virtuosic performances and commissioning new works for the instrument.

Founded in 1997 by baroque scholar and harpsichordist Andrea Marcon, the Venice Baroque Orchestra is recognized as one of the premier ensembles devoted to period instrument performance. Dedicated to the rediscovery of 17th and 18th century masterpieces, the orchestra performs with either instruments from the 18th century or modern copies.

“We are thrilled to experience the incomparable blend of the Venice Baroque Orchestra and Avi Avital as they combine for a relevant take on Baroque music,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager. “Their exquisite sounds paired with the brilliant acoustics of our auditorium will create a truly enjoyable performance.”

Tickets to see Avi Avital joined by the Venice Baroque Orchestra begin at $31 for balcony seating and $71 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, please visit www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.

Renowned chamber orchestra to join pianist Jeremy Denk in March 18 concert

The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, critically acclaimed as the finest chamber orchestra in the world, returns to Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in a concert with pianist Jeremy Denk with a thrilling program of Bach and Stravinsky concerti.

Renowned for its polished and refined sound, rooted in outstanding musicianship, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields remains one of the world’s most in-demand orchestras after 50 years and countless tours and recordings. The flexibility of the original ensemble formed from a group of leading London musicians in 1959 remains an Academy tradition with Music Director virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell, who recently took over from Sir Neville Mariner.

Denk, an acclaimed pianist, was the winner of a 2013 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grant, the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, and Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award. He is one of America’s most thought-provoking and compelling artists, making appearances as a soloist with some of the most distinguished orchestras in the world.

“They transfixed us the last time they were here, and we are thrilled to announce this return engagement,” said Ryan Malone, Armstrong Auditorium concert manager.

Patrons who attended the debut performance of the ASMF at Armstrong Auditorium in October 2010 were vociferous with praise for the orchestra’s music making, Malone said.

“It’s the perfect combination of our intimate hall, outstanding acoustics, the finest chamber musicians, an exquisite program brought to life by one of the greatest pianists around today,” he said. “We expect audiences to rave about this upcoming performance as well.”

Tickets to see the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Denk begin at $45 for balcony seating and $97 for orchestra. For more information on ticket options, subscriptions, group rates or current exhibits, please visit www.armstrongauditorium.org or call 405-285-1010.

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