German Vocal Ensemble Singer Pur Performs ‘Fields of Gold’ Nov. 6

The German vocal sextet Singer Pur, famous for its impeccable sound and interesting programs, performs in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m. November 6, 2013.

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Singer Pur

Singer Pur has been known to perform anything that can be performed by six voices, from medieval music to the avant-garde of today.

Wednesday night they are to perform a program entitled “Fields of Gold: Vocal Music through the Centuries,” which will include works by Hildegard von Bingen, Gioseffo Zarlino, Schütz, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schumann, Irving Berlin and Sting.

The a cappella vocal ensemble is known for its performances of early and sacred music. But the group has also delved into Romantic-era and 20th century fare, including popular music. The 2005 album HerzTöne (Love Songs) was in fact a quite daring crossover blend: it contained songs by Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms, Gershwin, Erroll Garner, Burt Bacharach, Chick Corea and Billy Joel, along with a few items by lesser-knowns and traditional songs like Danny Boy.

The result was a mixture of truly eclectic repertory. What distinguishes this group from other similar a cappella ensembles is its unusual vocal makeup: one soprano, three tenors, one baritone and one bass.

Some of the songs involve different combinations of these, such as the arrangement of the Veljo Tormis choral piece Varjele, Jumala, sonata for two tenors, baritone, and bass. That noted, most of the arrangements involve all six members.

Singer Pur regularly tours Germany and across Europe, and has made more than a dozen recordings.

Singer Pur was formed in 1991 by five members of the Regensburg Cathedral Choir, who later added a soprano and then took the name Singer Pur. The members of the group are: Claudia Reinhard (soprano), who is also an accomplished cellist and pianist; Klaus Wenk, Mark Zapp, and Manuel Warwitz (tenors); Reiner Schneider-Waterberg (baritone); and Marcus Schmidl (bass).

The performance by Singer Pur is sponsored the Music Department.

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