Theatre of Voices

Karlheinz Stockhausen - Stimmung

Open Rehearsal – February 19th at 7:30pm
Workshop & Demonstration – February 20th at 7:30pm (ticket required)

All Events at Taplin Auditorium in Fine Hall, Princeton University


“It’s like eavesdropping on chanting Tibetan monks
and grasping the divine essence revealed within the words...”  
    (Christopher DeLaurentis, The Stranger)

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A new genre of vocal music...
In keeping with our commitment to introduce Princeton’s students and community to the richest variety of vocal music possible, our upcoming Glee Club Presents event sees the Grammy-winning ensemble ‘Theatre of Voices’ visit Princeton’s campus to host a workshop and give a presentation of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s masterpiece, Stimmung - for six voices and six microphones. Composed in 1968, this work pioneered the use of overtones in the voice, and revolutionized the staid old perceptions of classical vocal music. The work is based on only one chord, but it is subjected to a seemingly infinite variety of rhythmic and tonal modulations and improvisations, creating an effect which has mesmerized and dumbfounded audiences for more than four decades.

Workshop and performance
At the start of the evening, tenor Wolodymyr Smishkewych will give the audience a short masterclass in the art of overtone singing, whilst legendary sound engineer Ian Dearden will detail the unique process of sound amplification of vocal overtones. And for the main event, Theatre of Voices will perform the work in its entirety.

Tickets and details
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. Be sure to reserve yours early to avoid disappointment, by calling 1-609-258-9220. (No tickets or reservations are needed for the open rehearsal on February 19th).

More on Theatre of Voices
The ensemble was founded by Paul Hillier in 1990 and performs a wide range of contemporary music alongside early composers, from Pärt, Reich, Cage to Perotin, Dowland, and Buxtehude. In 2007, they commissioned and premiered David Lang’s The Little Match Girl Passion, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Their recording of the work then received a Grammy Award in 2010. Read more here.

This concert was made possible by support from the Lewis Center for the Arts and generous contributions to the Glee Club Fund.