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Madrigal Singers to perform music of Janequin, Rutter

October 26, 2015 - Robbie Goodrich
The Madrigal Singers
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present the Madrigal Singers in concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, in Cole Concert Hall.

The Madrigal Singers is a chamber group comprised of upper lever vocal music majors at SFA. The group is well known in the Nacogdoches area, particularly for many caroling concerts at Christmastime, according to Dr. Tim King, director of choral activities for the SFA School of Music.

Among the works on the program is "Le Chant des Oyseaux" (Song of the Birds) by the 16th century French composer Clément Janequin.

"This is from a unique category of songs called program chansons (French for songs)," King explained. "The driving force behind the program chanson was to depict actual life sounds, such as the sounds of war or street sounds. In this, arguably the most famous chanson, Janequin recalls the various bird calls."

The Madrigal Singers will also perform "Birthday Madrigals" by modern English composer John Rutter.

"Rutter wrote a set of vocal jazz pieces entitled 'Birthday Madrigals,' which were based on texts by Shakespeare," King said. "This set of songs was written to honor the great jazz pianist George Shearing."

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $3 for students and youth. For tickets or more information, call the SFA Fine Arts Box Office at (936) 468-6407 or visit www.finearts.sfasu.edu.