Dutch a capella group to perform at TTU

thumb_Quink2Dutch vocal ensemble Quink visits Tennessee Tech University for a performance on Saturday, Feb. 5, and brings with it a vast repertoire of beautiful a capella music.

The group's performance is set for 7:30 p.m. inside the Bryan Fine Art Building's Wattenbarger Auditorium. The performance, part of TTU's Center Stage series, is free and open to the public.

Quink is a remarkable group of five Dutch singers with a specialized style that has established it as an ensemble that captivates audiences. The current members of Quink, who are also experienced soloists, find themselves at home in many areas of the a capella repertoire from early Renaissance to music of our own time.

Quink has recorded on the Etcetera and CBS labels and released CDs with Vanguard Classics and Ottavo. Quink's CDs on Telarac International include collections of Italian and English madrigals, an offering of Christmas Carols, a collection of international folksongs and a collection of contemporary Dutch a capella music.

The members of Quink are Marjon Strijk (soprano), Mariette Oelderik (soprano), Elsbeth Gerritsen (mezzo soprano), Harry van Berne (tenor) and Kees Jan de Koning (bass).

The New York Times praised Quink's collection of Benjamin Britten works saying it "reveals Quink's elegant phrasing, impeccable intonation and a purity of tone reminiscent of Renaissance madrigals." Of their rendition of William Byrd's "Mass for Four Voices," Gramophone magazine said, "Their performance is astonishingly live because they have a superb range of vocal color — varying their tonal tension, their vibrato, their articulation and so on — and avoid any temptation to exaggerate Byrd's often playful rhythms."

Quink acts as an ambassador for new Dutch music and has performed many successful premieres. In 2000 Quink was asked to sing the world premiere of a piece by the Dutch composer Simeon ten Holt during a festival in Vredenburg Concert Hall in Utrecht.

Director Ramon Gieling made a short film with the five singers based upon this piece. The movie is called "BiBaBo," with Quink singing and acting. It premiered during the Netherlands Film Festival in September 2004 in Utrecht.