VoXX in Concert: Music of Mercy and Forgiveness

Arts & Entertainment
Crosby Center
96 Church Street, Belfast, ME
Jan 20, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Photo by: jimdugan.com VoXX delights in brightening the darker days of winter with unusual music.

The auditioned mid-coast a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty will brighten the short days of midwinter with its 2018 winter concert series “Music of Mercy and Forgiveness,” presented in four venues in late January.


Music to soothe the spirit will dominate, as is often the case on a VoXX program. The themes of this particular series will be explicated through such works as John Sheppard’s In pace in idipsum dormiam et requiescat (In true peace shall I sleep and rest), which could be seen as a response to Peccantem me quotidiae (Me being a daily sinner and not yet penitent, the fear of death troubles me) by Morales.


Early works, a staple of the VoXX repertoire, will include those by Byrd (Vigilate), Josquin (Tu pauperum refugium), Lassus (Justorum animae), and Palestrina (Kyrie from Missa Papae Marcelli). These will be contrasted with contemporary pieces such as My Lord Has Come, a carol written in 2011 by Will Todd. The concert will offer aural challenges as well, such as Solfeggio, by the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.


Although VoXX is a chamber ensemble, it is a group signature to perform some pieces in various even-smaller configurations. For example, the men of VoXX will perform Adoramus te Domine (Anonymous); the women will sing Javier Busto’s ethereal Salve Regina. Another subset will present David Lang’s again (after ecclesiastes), then the full ensemble will come together again for Henryk Mikołaj Górecki’s sonorous Totus Tuus (I am entirely yours, Maria). That will be followed by the concert closer, the rousing 1581 Gaudete in Domino (Rejoice in the Lord Always) by the Franco-Flemish composer Giaches de Wert.


VoXX will present “Music of Mercy and Forgiveness” as follows:


Saturday, January 20, Crosby Center, 96 Church St., Belfast, 7 p.m. 207-370-6622


Sunday, January 21, Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul,122 Ash St., Lewiston, 2 p.m. 207-777-1200


Saturday, January 27, Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport. 7 p.m. 207-236-4551; www.unionhallrockport.com


Sunday, January 28, Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg. 2 p.m. 207-389-1767; www.phippsburgucc.org/concerts


Tickets are $15 (cash or check), available at the door. FMI: www.voiceoftwenty.com