VoXX presents "A History of Sacred Choral Music"

Performing Arts
Union Hall
12 Central Street, Rockport, ME 04856
Dominic Paul Mercadante
Jan 19, 2019
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

The a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX will welcome the new year with four performances of its annual January concert series titled “A History of Sacred Choral Music.”This winter, the program will focus on western European music drawn primarily from the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions.

Saturday, January 12: Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport, 7:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 13:St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, 2:00 p.m. (No pre-concert talk.)

Saturday, January 19: United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St., Belfast, 7:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 20: Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, 2:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m. PHIPPSBURG CONCERT POSTPONED TO FEB. 10.

The group's Music Director, Matthew Smith, said, “The idea for this program came from interactions with our dedicated VoXX audience members. At every concert, I have been struck by their curiosity and intellect; their interest in the music we sing fueled my interest to add an educational component to our program.

Furthermore, it occurred to me that helping educate our audiences was as much a responsibility for VoXX as it was a fun musical journey for us all to take together. Maine’s rural culture is a wonderful thing, but it also means fewer professional choral groups are able to visit and thus enrich our communities. VoXX is the only local ensemble I know of that sings unaccompanied choral music that dates from as far back as the 11th century right up to modern times and contemporary works. The goal of this particular program is to help lift the veil on what can be seen as complicated and serious music.”

Admission is $15 (cash or check); tickets available at the door.

For nearly 20 years, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast, and now performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and in mid-summer. VoXX likes the challenges of unusual vocal music, yet more-familiar works by such renowned composers as Britten, Byrd, Dufay, Holst, Josquin, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, and Whitacre (not to mention Anonymous) are also central to the repertoire. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added.

VoXX is unusual in that it is a collectively run, all-volunteer organization. Membership is by audition (the group is currently seeking new members, see the website for details), and singers come from all walks of life: teachers and students, professionals and retirees. Members who so choose can share in the responsibility of bringing music selections to the group and may take turns teaching and leading if they want to. 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. Visit www.voiceoftwenty.com or e-mail info@voiceoftwenty.com for more information.