The Big Appal

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Article Published: Jan. 30, 2013 | Modified: Feb. 9, 2013
The Big Appal

New York Polyphony, the celebrated all-male vocal chamber ensemble, will perform Feb. 8 at Appalachian State University, as part of the 2012-13 Performing Arts Series.

Photo by Chris Owyoung

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?

Practice, practice, practice.

But for those with less time on their hands, a musical taste of New York is heading for Boone on Friday, Feb. 8, as New York Polyphony performs at Appalachian State University for one night only.

New York Polyphony is an all-male, vocal chamber ensemble whose sound has been hailed by National Public Radio as a “rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts.”

Presented as part of ASU’s 2012-13 Performing Arts Series, in collaboration with the Hayes School of Music, the performance promises what organizers are calling “an unforgettable evening of music rich in tradition and mesmerizing sound.”

The group consists of Geoffrey Williams, countertenor; Steven Caldicott Wilson, tenor; Christopher Dylan Herbert, baritone; and ASU alumnus Craig Phillips, bass.

Williams, Wilson, Herbert and Phillips are considered fast-rising stars on the classical music scene, recognized by numerous music publications as one of the finest vocal ensembles active today.

According to ASU Performing Arts Series organizers, “Dedication to innovative programming, as well as a focus on rare and rediscovered early music, have earned New York Polyphony critical accolades and a devoted following.”

As Classics Today puts it, “The fact is, however closely you want to analyze the sound and the performance, you’ll find nothing but reasons to keep listening…”

The quartet applies not only refined musicianship and interpretative detail, but also a refreshingly modern touch to repertoire that ranges from austere medieval melodies to cutting-edge contemporary works.

For the Boone concert, New York Polyphony will perform pieces written by William Cornysh, William Byrd, John Forrest, Walter Lambe and more.

The concert takes place Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in ASU’s Rosen Concert Hall in the Broyhill Music Center on campus. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for ASU students. For more information, including performance videos, visit
Tickets to the event are $15 for adults and $8 for Appalachian students. For videos and more information, visit

For more information on New York Polyphony, visit and

Upcoming Performing Arts Series Events

Feb. 20 — Walnut Street Theatre presents “Around the World in 80 Days” by Mark Brow, adapted from the novel by Jules Verne

April 4 & 6 — “Dido and Aeneas” by Henry Purcell and “Bastien und Bastienne” by W.A. Mozart, performed by Appalachian’s Hayes School of Music Opera Program

April 16 — An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Musical Guests

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