After a wonderful start to our 2016-17 season with our performances of "Autumn Nocturne" in October, we are hard at work preparing the music for our holiday program, "In Deepest Midnight."
We are especially excited to be collaborating with the musicians of Ensemble Gaudior (www.ensemblegaudior.com), who join the singers of Voce for Marc-Antoine Charpentier's Messe de minuit pour No?l (Midnight Mass for Christmas). Charpentier was a leading French composer of the 17th century, and his delightful setting of the Mass ordinary (scored for chorus, soloists, strings, flutes, and organ) is based upon popular French carols of the time that capture the many moods of the season from joyful exuberance, to awestruck wonder, to peaceful contemplation. The players of Ensemble Gaudior will be performing on instruments built to the specifications of those that Charpentier would have used in the 17th century, and the singers of Voce will be rendering the text of the mass in "period" Latin (i.e. a pronunciation which colors the Latin text with distinctively "French" inflections similar to those that were likely adopted by Charpentier and his contemporaries). In addition to the Charpentier, our holiday program this year features a cappella works by Poulenc, Chilcott, Mendelssohn, Parsons, and others, alongside music of Rodney Lister and Stephen Caracciolo, two friends of Voce whose music was featured on our April 2016 concerts.
Our December concerts this year coincide with the release of our new CD, "A Sum of the Parts." Featuring a number of Voce commissions, alongside premiere recordings of works by Rodney Lister, and music of Hindemith and Grieg, our new recording will be available for purchase following our concerts on December 16 and 18. And, of course, it makes a great holiday gift!
We look forward to seeing you in December!
-- Richard Giarusso, Artistic Director