Swingle Swingers bring popular a cappella style singing to OCCC

 

    (Published: 10-09-14)

Swingle Swingers bring popular a cappella style singing to OCCC

Before there was "Glee," "Pitch Perfect," Pentatonix and "The Sing-Off" there were the Swingle Singers. For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. After being featured on "Glee," "The West Wing," "Sex and the City," countless movies and winning five Grammy Awards, the Swingle Singers are bringing their vocal talents to Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Tuesday, Oct. 14.

The history of the Swingle Singers is a remarkable tale of renewal. In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing some of Bach's keyboard music. The resulting album, "Jazz Sebastian Bach," launched the group to fame.

Now based in London, the current line-up has never been stronger, with singers trained in a multiplicity of styles from opera to jazz to pop, and featuring a dynamite vocal rhythm section. For the first time in many years, their repertoire also includes original songs.

Their latest release "Weather to Fly" celebrates the best of the group's current a cappella repertoire. All-vocal arrangements of songs from Turkey, Spain, Italy and Argentina sit alongside re-imagined pop songs from Beyonce, Florence and the Machine and The Beatles.

In 2013, their 50th anniversary year, the group's concert schedule took them to North and South America, Russia, China and Dubai, in addition to extensive touring throughout Europe and the UK.

Tickets are $15-$45 and can purchased online at tickets.occc.edu, by calling (405) 682-7579 or in-person at OCCC Box Office.

The Swingle Singers performance is part of the college's 2014-2015 Performing Arts Series. Upcoming performances in the Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater include Michael Feldman's live radio show "Whad'ya Know?" Oct. 25 and The Jazz Ambassadors, the official touring big band of the United States Army, Oct. 30. The Jazz Ambassadors performance is free, but tickets are required.

To learn more about the OCCC Performing Arts Series visit www.occc.edu/pas. Learn more about the Swingle Singers at www.swinglesingers.com.