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Tuesday, June 20, 2023 • Çeşme Castle • 21.00
with Sting across the vocal music
Claire Elizabeth Craig, soprano
Christian Meister, tenor
Marcel Hubner, tenor
Manuel Warwitz, tenor
Jakob Steiner, baritone
Felix Meybier, bass
Fields of Gold
Mit Sting quer durch die Vokalmusik 
Sting (*1951, arr. Heike Beckmann) Fields of Gold 
Clara Schumann (1819-1896) Gondoliera
Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612) Tanzen und Springen
Sting (arr. Bernhard Hofmann) They dance alone
Friedrich Silcher (1789-1860) Die Loreley
Sting (arr. Richard Whilds) Wrapped around your finger
Sting (arr. Hans Schanderl) A Thousand Years
Chick Corea (*1946-2021, arr. Marcus Schmidl) Crystal silence
Sting (arr. Sören Sieg) When we dance
Volkslied (arr. Peter Wittrich) Rosnstock, Holderblüh
Sting (arr. Bo Hansson) Shape of my heart
Billy Joel (arr. Bob Chilcott) And so it goes
George Gershwin (1898-1937, arr. Samo Ivačič) They all laughed
Sting (arr. Samo Ivačič) Let your soul be your pilot


About the program:
The singer, composer, poet and guitarist Gordon Sumner, who became famous under the name "Sting" is one of the most outstanding musical figures of the last 30 years. He finds worldwide, across all generations, and especially among musicians of the most especially among musicians of the most diverse backgrounds.

The internationally successful vocal sextet Singer Pur has also fallen under the spell of these songs with their intelligent, poetically touching lyrics and has released a CD with 14 of his titles on the occasion of Sting's 60th birthday.

In its concert program, Singer Pur combines songs by Sting with thematically related, but stylistically most diverse pieces across the vocal music. For Sting's oeuvre is so versatile and rich in imagery that it evokes numerous associations with other works - a perfect complement to a comprehensive tribute to a great musician of our time.
The desire to make a cappella singing the focus of their lives was clear to the founder members of Singer Pur right from their school days: soon after leaving school, five former members of the famous Regensburger Domspatzen cathedral boys’ choir realized their dream and founded the group.
It was a fortunate love affair that brought a soprano into their ranks, and shortly afterwards this sextet with its unusual combination of voices (a soprano, three tenors, a baritone and a bass) won first prize in the 1994 Deutscher Musikwettbewerb (the German national competition). One year later they won the coveted Grand Prix for vocal ensembles at the international Tampere Music Festival in Finland, and were launched on their way to becoming Germany's leading vocal group.  Following on from this, television and radio appearances, CD recordings, invitations to major festivals and concerts in almost 60 countries established their international career.
For several years Singer Pur has supported young musicians taking part in its international workshops for Europa Cantat, AMJ and Rhapsody in School.
There are no stylistic limitations to Singer Pur’s repertoire, with programmes that include anything performable by voices from medieval times to the avant-garde, a host of new compositions and arrangements written for the group.  Performances feature various forms of improvisation, co-operations with musicians as diverse as The Hilliard Ensemble, Ensemble Modern, Musikfabrik Köln, the composer and jazz clarinet player Michael Riessler or the young clarinet player David Orlowsky and orchestras such as the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Sinfonieorchester des WDR Cologne or the National Orchestra of China.
The Singer Pur discography comproses 25 CDs, several of which have received awards: two of them "Le Choc de l’Année" by the French music magazine "Le Monde de la Musique" and three more the ECHO Klassik Award in 2005, 2007 and 2011, considered the most prestigious classical music CD award in Europe. In 2013 Singer Pur received the prestigious Caeciliaprijs (Belgium). During the 2009 Frankfurter Musikmesse they received the "Best edition of the year" award for one of the three musical editions with arrangements by and dedicated to Singer Pur.
In 2008 the City of Regensburg bestowed its Cultural Award on Singer Pur, and in 2013 this was followed by the Bavarian State Prize for Music, the Fritz-Goller-Award in 2014, and the Friedrich-Baur-Award from the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. Then in 2015 they received the title of “Ambassadors for the Friends of Choral Music in Europe”. On 8th March 2017 Singer Pur celebrated the 25th anniversary of its first concert and had the great honour of being joined on the stage of the Prinzregententheater in Munich by former members of the group as well as all of the former Hilliard Ensemble and some dear composer friends, with many more in the audience.
Many exciting concerts followed at festivals such as Rheingau Musikfestival, Europäische Wochen Passau or Musiksommer Rheinland Pfalz as well as workshops at the Musikhochschule Düsseldorf and the Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz throughout Singer Pur’s anniversary year.
In 2018 Kent Nagano invited Singer Pur to make their debut in the new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, and they also made concert tours to Asia and many European countries such as Croatia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Spain, Czech Republik, Italy and Luxembourg. In 2019 Singer Pur organised their own festival for Renaissance music on the Adlersberg near Regensburg.




SINGER PUR - Program - Izmir Festival | İKSEV - İzmir Foundation For Culture Arts And Education