|by Karen Handley • February 21, 2007|
Wabash College’s Visiting Artists Series will present the a cappella group, Amarcord, 8 p.m., Tuesday, February 27, in Salter Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Center.
The former choristers of the famous St. Thomas Boys Choir in Leipzig, Germany, Amarcord has emerged in the past few years as continental Europe’s finest male a cappella group. The blend of humor, charm, elegance, flawless intonation, rarely heard homogeneity and unwavering vocal virtuosity have left audiences delighted since the ensemble’s debut in 1992.
Amarcord has won a number of top international prizes in the field, including the Grand Prix Choir Competition in Spain (1995), the International Mendelssohn Competition (1999), the German Music Competition (2000), the International Choir Competition in Finland (1999), and the first Choir Olympiad in Austria (2000). In 2002, the ensemble took top honors in the Deutscher Musikwettbewerb. They have performed coast-to-coast in the United States, making two tours here each season, as well as in Canada, Asia, and throughout Europe. At home in Leipzig, they performed their 10th anniversary concert in the famous Gewandhaus, and two months later performed there twice with the Gewandhaus Orchestra. They have also sung at a number of conferences and events of the American Choral Directors Association.
Amarcord’s programming versatility is suggested by the range of the ensemble's first three compact discs: Insalata a cappella featuring secular music through the ages; ballads, catches, madrigals, folk songs, opera parodies, spirituals, etc.; In adventu Domini featuring music for Advent and Christmas from Gregorian chant to Gospel, from Germany to Trinidad and Dufay to Mauersberger; and Hear the Voice featuring spiritual works from different centuries. Among other CD releases is their latest, And So It Goes… an album of popular and show tunes.
The Diapason, Chicago writes, "Excellent blend, intonation, and ensemble...simply gorgeous singing.... a polished ensemble singing some extraordinarily beautiful music with true commitment and understanding."
Seating for Visiting Artists Series events will be by general admission, though free tickets are required for Visiting Artists Series programs.
Contact the Fine Arts Center Box Office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or phone: 765-361-6411; Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:30 to 4 p.m. The box office will open 90 minutes before curtain time for Visiting Artists events. Tickets not claimed at the Box Office 10 minutes prior to curtain will be released to the general public.