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HONOR AND REMEMBRANCE: Music of Schütz and Howells Select Date
THE ANGELS SANG: Christmas with Voce Select Date
SWEET HARMONY: English Poetry and Song Select Date
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Honor and Remembrance: Music of Schütz and Howells

We open the season with a program featuring the Musikalische Exequien of Heinrich Schütz and the Requiem of Herbert Howells. Schütz’s Exequien, written in 1636 for the funeral of a German nobleman, is one of the lesser known gems of the German choral tradition. Among the work’s admirers was none other than Johannes Brahms, whose own German Requiem was heavily influenced by Schütz’s masterpiece. The work’s dramatic juxtaposition of solo and choral textures will showcase the versatility of Voce’s singers. Howells wrote his Requiem in the 1930s, but it was not widely known until the composer sanctioned its release in 1980. A deeply personal piece written in memory of the composer’s son, the Requiem, with its iridescent harmonies and rich textures, is one of the true glories of the 20th-century a cappella repertoire.

Friday, October 24, 2014, 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA

Sunday, October 26, 2014, 4:00 PM
Messiah United Methodist Church
6215 Rolling Road
Springfield, VA

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The Angels Sang: Christmas with Voce

Celebrate the holiday season with Voce in a festive program of seasonal music for voices and instruments. The centerpiece of the program is American composer Donald McCullough’s When Christ was Born — a setting of medieval English texts for chorus, soloists, and harp. Voce will be joined for this performance by the distinguished harpist, Marian Rian Hays. The McCullough will be paired with seasonal music by Whitacre, Stravinsky, Mathias, and Walton, among others. An audience carol-sing will bring the program to a close.

Saturday, December 20, 2014, 8:00 PM
Holy Cross Lutheran Church
1090 Sterling Road
Herndon, VA

Sunday, December 21, 2014, 4:00 PM
Oakton United Methodist Church
2951 Chain Bridge Road
Oakton, VA

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Sweet Harmony: English Poetry and Song in the 20th Century

At the dawn of the 20th century, music in the British Isles experienced something of a renaissance as composers like Elgar, Stanford, and Vaughan Williams discovered a new, distinctly “English” sound in their works. Choral music, long a staple of English musical life, played an essential role in this rebirth of national style. Our closing program of the 2014-15 season showcases some of the most spectacular works of secular choral music written by these composers. Among the works featured are Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music, a sumptuous setting of words from The Merchant of Venice, and the composer’s elegant Shakespeare Songs. The lush, romantic harmonies of Elgar and Stanford complement the craft and wit of Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs. A suite of folk songs, arranged for chorus and instruments by John Rutter, celebrates another facet of English poetry and song.

Friday, April 10, 2015, 8:00 PM
St. John Neumann Church
11900 Lawyers Road
Reston, VA

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 4:00 PM
Location TBD

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