The Swingles Return To Harris Center

Theirs is "superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps" (The Guardian). At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognized as masters of the craft. They first made waves in the 1960s; since then they have won five Grammy Awards and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey's Anatomy, Downsizing and Glee. They now boast more than 50 recordings with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music including new original songs. The Harris Center welcomes their return to Folsom.

"Whether performing with the National Symphony Orchestra or in a cappella settings, The Swingle Singers were never less than dazzling" (Washington Post).

The Swingles comes to the Harris Center Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $18-$32; Premium $42. Students with ID $12. Tickets are available online at www.harriscenter.net or from Harris Center Ticket Office at 916-608-6888 from 12 noon to 6 pm, Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Parking is included in the price of the ticket. Harris Center is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, CA, facing East Bidwell Street.

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 won five Grammy Awards and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks. In 2017, they co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of Alexander Payne's film Downsizing, starring Matt Damon.

Released in March 2017, The Swingles' latest project is Folklore, a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. With creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group's unique and rich sound world, the results are powerful and surprising.

The group's versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles' amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia. The group continues to perform the piece to great acclaim around the world, with recent performances at San Francisco's Davies Symphony Hall, London's Royal Festival Hall and Milan's La Scala; they look forward to bringing it to new audiences for its 50th anniversary in 2018-19.

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. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College brings the community together to share in cultural experiences featuring the work of artists from throughout the region and around the world. Built and operated by the Los Rios Community College District, the $50 million, state-of-the-art regional performing arts center boasts three intimate venues with outstanding acoustics, an art gallery, a recording studio, elegant teaching spaces, plenty of safe parking and all the other amenities of a world-class performing arts venue. Each year the Center hosts over 400 events attracting more than 150,000 annually.

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