VoXX: Voice of Twenty will present its 11th annual spring/summer concerts Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13, in Belfast and Rockport. Performances will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Belfast Armory on Route 1; and Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, 2 Central St. in Rockport. Admission will be $10 at the door.

This year’s program, titled Life, Love and Death, is built around works that explore these powerful themes and their interrelations as manifested through the ages, with music that ranges from serene to upbeat. The repertoire covers a broad spectrum of time and style, from medieval chant and Renaissance polyphony, through contemporary harmony.

In keeping with VoXX’s tradition, the program includes some of the earliest expressions of Western music with two Gregorian chants, as well as the rich colors and textures of such Renaissance masters as William Byrd, Duarte Lobo and Tomas Luis Victoria. No examination of these themes would be complete without a visit to the profound expressions of the 20th century, here represented by the works of Britten, Holst and Taverner among others. This is a program of unities and contrasts.

American composer David Lang revisits the spiritual “Lay This Body Down,” crafting a haunting and rhythmically complex setting, while compatriot Eric Whitacre turns to the great Ottoman poet Rumi for the inspiring lyrics of “This Marriage.” No examination of the theme of death would be complete without a foray into the Roman requiem liturgy. From the earliest traditions, there are two chants, “In Paradisum” and the “Communio: Lux Aeterna.” Following this tradition into the Renaissance, there are the lovely “Kyrie del Officium Defunctorum” of Victoria and a moving setting of “Audivi Vocem Caelorum” by Durate Lobo.

The program will also include several songs of love and longing. In Holst’s setting of the Cornish folksong “I Love my Love,” there is a rich and varied treatment of a text with a happy ending. The English madrigal is present in two contrasting works: Thomas Morley’s thoughtful “April is in my Mistriss’ Face”; and Weelkes’ sometimes happy, sometimes sad “Lady, your Eye my Love Enforced,” while the Italian tradition is present in Monteverdi’s “Baci, Soavi e Cari.”

Now in its second decade, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast and generally performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and mid-summer. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added.

VoXX is a collectively run, all-volunteer organization. Membership is by audition and the group is currently seeking new members; visit voiceoftwenty.com for details. Singers come from all walks of life. Members who want to can share in the responsibility of bringing music selections to the group and may take turns teaching and leading if they so choose. The group has built a strong following and is well known for its efforts to inform audiences through extensive program notes. VoXX is available to perform by invitation; for more information, email info@voiceoftwenty.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.