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Memphis is already a famously musical town, but it's about to get a little more harmonious. And maybe even a little funkier. On Friday, August 1st, the Contemporary A Capella League brings the 2008 Vocal Symposium for a capella singing groups to downtown Memphis. The unique symposium features a variety of master classes and panel discussions and climaxes on Saturday night with a concert at the Orpheum by the influential sextet Take 6 (pictured).

In addition to recording their own material, Take 6 has worked with artists ranging from Ray Charles to Don Henley. Their jazz, pop, and gospel recordings have earned numerous Grammy and Dove awards. Take 6 will be joined on stage by DeltaCapella, Memphis' tight, all-male a capella ensemble.

The Contemporary A Cappella League was formed in 2007 as a resource for a capella groups across the country. Every year, thousands of students who've participated in college vocal groups graduate, and most of them never perform with a group again. The CAL's mission is to create opportunities for people who want to keep on ooh-ing, ah-ing, and bop-shoo-bopping.

Members of Take 6 are scheduled to conduct a master class at 2:30 p.m. prior to their concert.

Passes to the symposium are $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers. Tickets for the Take 6 performance range in price from $10 to $40 and are on sale to the public through TicketMaster.

Additional information regarding the 2008 Vocal Symposium is available at vocalsymposium.com.

2008 Vocal Symposium, various locations, August 1st-3rd; Take 6 and Deltacapella at the orpheum Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m.

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