VoXX to present "Music from the British Isles" at Union Hall in Rockport

Arts & Entertainment
Union Hall
24 Central St., Rockport, ME
Jun 21, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Photo by: Jimdugan.com VoXX: Voice of Twenty

The midcoast-based a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty will present its annual summer concert series with four performances in June and July. This year’s offering is titled Music from the British Isles; it focuses on works by a selection of renowned choral composers from British history, ranging from Byrd to Britten and beyond. “To put this series together, we were, of course, faced with an almost endless list of possible composers and works, so we chose to shine a spotlight on some of the preeminent choral composers through British history. Renaissance masterpieces by Byrd and Tallis tell the story of reformation in Tudor England. Henry Purcell highlights the grandeur of the Baroque. Musical titans such as Elgar, Holst, and Vaughan Williams, whose works helped put British choral music back on the map in the first half of the 20th century, are a focus. There is also a strong royal connection with several pieces, notably Britten’s “Choral Dances from Gloriana.”

To cast further light on the thinking that goes into the group’s program choices, VoXX will offer pre-concert talks designed to expand upon the program notes. These will begin one-half hour before each performance.

VoXX will present four performances of Music from the British Isles:

Friday, June 21: Union Hall, Rockport, 24 Central Street Concert at 7:30 (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, June 22: St. John’s Episcopal Church, Bangor, 234 French Street Concert at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, July 13: United Farmer’s Market, Belfast, 18 Spring Street Concert at 7:30 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 7:00 p.m.)

Sunday, July 14: Old South Baptist Church, Cushing, Salt Pond Road Concert at 4:00 p.m. (pre-concert talk at 3:30 p.m.)

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