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New VoiceBox Series Kicks Off This Friday!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A brand new series of VoiceBox, public radio's series dedicated to the art of singing and the best of the vocal music scene from the Bay Area and beyond, kicks off this Friday, March 19, on KALW 91.7 FM. Over the next eight weeks we’ll be exploring all manner of singing-related topics from what happens to voices as they age to how comedians and singer-songwriters use songs to generate laughs. And we’ve got a great selection of guests lined up including a cappella impresario Deke Sharon, composer David Conte and funnyman Will Franken. You don’t want to miss out on any of this stuff, trust me – so be sure to tune in every Friday on KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco or via the live webstream at www.kalw.org.

Here's what we've got lined up for you over the next four weeks:

Mar 19 / Cover me Beautiful: The art of the cover song

VoiceBox takes a look at the art of arranging and singing a hit cover song. Host Chloe Veltman and Conspiracy of Beards music director Daryl Henline explore what ingredients go into making an unforgettable version of a song written by someone else and what makes one version of a song more popular than another.

Mar 26 / The Vocal Muse: A composer talks about setting texts for opera, art song and choral works

VoiceBox delves into the art of composing music for the human voice in a choral, art song and operatic setting. Host Chloe Veltman and composer David Conte explore how knowledge of text and the way in which the human voice works plays a huge role in guiding a composer as he or she creates music.

Apr 2 / The Glee effect: A cappella rocks

From Fox’s Glee to NBC’s The Sing-Off, show choirs and a cappella groups are appealing to mass audiences. Host Chloe Veltman and producer/singer/impresario Deke Sharon get to grips with the phenomenon and look at how ensembles comprised of singers from all walks of life are taking what they do to new heights.

Apr 9 / I Left My Heart in San Francisco: Spotlight on songs about the Bay

From “If you’re going to San Francisco” to “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”, the Bay Area has served as inspiration for countless songwriters and vocalists. On this week’s VoiceBox, host Chloe Veltman and singer-songwriter Alexis Harte chat about the history and development of the Bay Area-themed song.

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