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Sep 09, 2016

We’re back, hard at work on another season of exquisite choral music.

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AUTUMN NOCTURNE 

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, October 28, 2016, at 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Catholic Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA

Sunday, October 30, 2016, at 4:00 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Road
Vienna, VA

Autumn, the time of harvest, crisp days, and cool nights, has fired the imaginations of countless artists, but the season and its imagery had a particular resonance for poets and composers of the Romantic era. Evocations of nostalgia, yearning, and introspection, all central to the Romantic spirit, found their reflection in what Keats called the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.” Secular choral works of the period provide a rich canvas for the exploration of these themes, and the partsongs of Johannes Brahms and Franz Schubert on this program are among the finest. Morten Lauridsen’s settings of poetry by Robert Graves offer a contemporary gloss on these themes. The centerpiece of the program is Brahms’s moving Alto Rhapsody, featuring special guests Zoe Band, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Jonathan Welch, piano. A post-concert reception follows the Friday evening concert. 

IN DEEPEST MIDNIGHT

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, December 16, 2016, at 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:00 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter

Voce joins forces with the players of Ensemble Gaudior, a period-instrument ensemble based in Oakton, to present one of the true gems of the Christmas repertoire: the exquisite Messe de Minuit (Midnight Mass) by the French baroque composer, Marc-Antoine Charpentier. Based upon traditional French carols, Charpentier’s masterpiece captures the many moods of the season from joyful exuberance, to awestruck wonder, to peaceful contemplation. The first half of our program offers seasonal a cappella works by composers from the 16th century to the present, and the concert closes with a festive audience sing-along accompanied by baroque orchestra! 

THE GENTLE PLACE OF THE ANCIENT HEART

PERFORMANCES:

Friday, May 5, 2017, at 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 4:00 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter

Words and music by Hildegard von Bingen are the inspiration for our final concert of the season. The astonishing music of the 12th-century visionary will be paired with recent treatments of her texts by composers Frank Ferko and Andrew Jonathan Welch, the latter of whom will join us as the pianist for the Virginia premiere of his Visions of Hildegard. We will also present contemporary settings of texts by poets and mystics from across the centuries that reflect the imagery and spirit of Hildegard’s visions. Among these are Arvo Pärt’s Magnificat and Scottish composer James Macmillan’s Invocation (to a text by John Paul II).