Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-01-16

The Swingle Singers will perform at Samford University Tuesday, Jan. 27, in a benefit concert for the Birmingham Boys Choir. The 7:30 p.m. performance by the eight-voice a cappella group is presented in partnership with the Samford School of the Arts.

Since their debut album, Jazz Sebastien Bach in 1963, the group has performed on every continent and on the world's most famous stages. During four decades, the Swingle Singers have released 50 recordings, many of which have been re-released in recent years.

The ensemble's varied repertoire includes renaissance motets, electrifying vocal jazz, Beetles pop hits, Bach preludes and fugues, symphonic scores and folk songs, all performed in their singular Swingle style. Their concerts are enhanced with dazzling choreography and lighting.

The popular Birmingham Boys Choir, conducted by Ken Berg, will open the Samford concert with a 20-minute program of works from its upcoming June tour of Japan. The 50 senior choirsters in grades five through 12 will sing folk songs and pieces from American and international music literature.

Although proceeds from the concert will help support the choir, Berg notes that the benefits will extend beyond financial assistance.

"The boys get to hear this amazing group, and know what singers can do for a living," said Berg, who holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music from Samford.

Admission is $20 adult, $15 senior adult (55-plus) and $10 student/child. Tickets are available through the Samford Box Office at (205) 726-2853 or or

The Swingle Singers will lead a master class for Samford music students at 2 p.m. the day of the concert.

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.