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Chicago a cappella taking trip through music of England

Chicago a cappella is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month with a program of music showcasing its diverse musical tastes and talents. The British Are Coming! concert will be held at 8 tonight in Gottlieb Hall at the Merit School of Music, 38 S. Peoria. The vocal ensemble will perform music ranging from anthems heard in Tudor cathedrals to pop classics by the Beatles. There also will be English madrigals, sacred motets, choral works by Holst, Elgar and Purcell, and a song by King Henry VIII. Read the full article here.

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Ten-time Grammy Award winning Take 6 releases 'The Standard,' a CD of classic cover songs

The 10-time Grammy and Dove Award winners, a cappella sextet Take 6 releases newest CD, ‘The Standard.” The CD is full of classic cover songs such as “Sweet Georgia Brown” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Read the full article here.

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Local A Cappella Group In Finals Tonight For MTV's Top Pop Group

A cappella group Mosaic aims to pack an unusual pop punch. Within the throats of the six-man "vocal band" lies an entire orchestra of sounds, from toe-tapping drum beats to the wackiest of synthesized effects. MOSAIC BEGAN on Sept. 11 competing weekly against eight other pop groups for $100,000 and the Top Pop Group title.Now the Las Vegas sextet, formed three years ago in Central Florida, hopes their unique sound will help them clinch the title of Top Pop Group on the MTV show's finale tonight. Read the full article here.

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Award Winning A Cappella Powerhouse Take 6 Sets The Standard for Jazz Vocal Recordings

A cappella powerhouse Take 6 marks a new jazz vocal milestone with the September 30, 2008, release of The Standard (HUCD 3142). Winners of 10 GRAMMY Awards, 10 Dove Awards, one Soul Train Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations, the influential sextet -- Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III, Dr. Cedric Dent, David Thomas, Alvin Chea and Joey Kibble -- makes their debut on Heads Up International with a recording of mostly jazz (and some R&B) standards, including "Straighten Up and Fly Right," "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," "Someone To Watch Over Me," "What's Going On" and "Windmills of Your Mind." The Standard showcases a new jazz-influenced approach for the group. "While we sing lyrics that always exemplify our spiritual and moral convictions, what we really are at the core is a jazz vocal group," says David Thomas, a member of the Take 6 lineup since 1985. "So we decided to do an album of jazz standards, a record that will stand up as the jazz vocal album for all time." Read the full article here.

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Crystal City celebrates half-century of harmony

A number of things have changed about the Newark chapter of the Sweet Adelines over the years. Corduroy skirts and blouses of the 1950s have given way to today's turquoise sequined cardigans; many members have come and gone, and even the chapter's name has changed. Read the full article here.