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The Swingles Perform at Orchestra Hall, March 24

The five-time Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble performs at Orchestra Hall for the first time since 1979


On Sunday, March 24, at Orchestra Hall, The Swingles—a London-based a cappella ensemble that has won five Grammy Awards—will perform an afternoon concert of classical, pop and jazz selections, arranged especially for their seven-member group. The program for this concert was designed to celebrate the ensemble’s late, great founder Ward Swingle, with music from the singer-songwriters of the 1960s and ’70s, as well as current British favorites.

The concert is held at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m., with tickets priced from $25 to $50.  Tickets are available at minnesotaorchestra.org and by phone at 612-371-5656.  For further purchasing details, refer to the information section at the conclusion of this press release. Please note the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program. 

The Swingles
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 made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs. They have also appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. 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. Released in March 2017, The Swingles’ most recent project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. More: theswingles.co.uk.


Live at Orchestra Hall
THE SWINGLES: Look Back (ForWard) 

Sunday, March 24, 2019, 2 p.m. / Orchestra Hall

The Swingles, vocal ensemble

Please note: the Minnesota Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Tickets: $25 to $50


TICKET PURCHASING INFORMATION

Tickets can be purchased online at minnesotaorchestra.org, or by calling 612-371-5656 or 800-292-4141. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Orchestra Hall Box Office, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and beginning two hours before all ticketed performances); and at the Minnesota Orchestra Administrative Office, International Centre, 5th floor, 920 Second Avenue South, Minneapolis (open Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). For more information, call 612-371-5656, or visit minnesotaorchestra.org. For subscriptions, call 612-371-5642 or visit minnesotaorchestra.org/subscribe. For groups of 10 or more, call 612-371-5662.

All programs, artists, dates, times and prices subject to change.

The Star Tribune is the Minnesota Orchestra’s media partner for the 2018-19 season.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
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