Collegiate Choir to Perform with World-Renowned King’s Singers

Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir

Jan. 28, 2015  

On Feb. 19, Illinois Wesleyan University’s Collegiate Choir will present the world premiere of a new piece which they will perform with The King’s Singers, the Grammy-winning male sextet from England.

Recipients of two Grammy Awards, The King’s Singers was established in 1968. Named after King’s College in Cambridge, England, the sextet performs over 120 concerts a year throughout the world. In 2013 they were chosen as one of only two vocal ensembles for entry into the Gramophone Hall of Fame for their discography of more than 150 albums.

The Feb. 19 concert marks the second time the Collegiate Choir has collaborated with The King’s Singers.

During the concert, the combined ensembles will perform the premiere of “Arise, My Dove." Written by former King’s Singer Philip Lawson and commissioned by the Collegiate Choir, “Arise, My Dove” is the first commission accepted by The King’s Singers from an American collegiate choral ensemble. The three-movement piece is set against three poems from James Joyce’s poetry collection, Chamber Music. 

Kings Singers
The King's Singers

The program will also include the Collegiate Choir’s performance of “Salmo de Alabanza" by Andrew Rindfleisch.

Conducted by Professor of Music J. Scott Ferguson, the Collegiate Choir performs the finest sacred and secular choral music of the past five centuries, with concerts on campus and the surrounding Bloomington-Normal community as well as recordings and an annual tour. The 44-member choir also sponsors the IWU Choral Commission, allowing the opportunity to add works to the University’s choral repertoire and host world premieres.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets for the concert can be purchased through the BCPA website or at (309) 434-2777.