Upcoming Performances

Planning for our 2017-2018 season is in progress.  Tentative concert dates for our next season are the weekends of October 27-29, December 15-17, and April 20-22.

 

RECENT PERFORMANCES

the gentle place of the ancient heart: a program inspired by words and music of hildegard von bingen

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 Jonathan Dove's Vast Ocean of Light and Scottish composer James MacMillan's Invocation (to a text by John Paul II).

in deepest midnight: featuring Charpentier's Messe de minuit with Ensemble Gaudior

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 joined 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 offered seasonal a cappella works by composers from the 16th century to the present, and the concert closed with a festive audience sing-along accompanied by baroque orchestra!

 

autumn nocturne: music of brahms, schubert, and lauridsen

AUTUMN NOCTURNE 

Friday, October 28, 2016 and Sunday, October 30, 2016

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 provided 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 offered a contemporary gloss on these themes. The centerpiece of the program was Brahms's moving Alto Rhapsody, featuring special guests Zoe Band, mezzo-soprano, and Andrew Jonathan Welch, piano.