Chapel Hill, N.C.—Voices, one of the Triangle’s oldest and most distinguished choral groups, kicks off its 2014-2015 performance season on Friday, November 7th with “In Praise of Women”. Cantari, Voices’ select ensemble, will perform a tribute to women—Madonna, Lover and Saint at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church (300 East Rosemary Street) in Chapel Hill at 8:00 pm. Conducted by Dr. Sue Klausmeyer, Cantari will be joined by members of the UNC Baroque Ensemble directed by Brent Wissick. Soloists for this performance will include sopranos Jane Thurston and Andrea Hoffstall, countertenor Aaron Thacker, tenors David Ray and Dale Bailey, and baritones Adam Dengeler and Jeremy Jennings. Selections include six Marian motets by 16th century composers, followed by four Renaissance madrigals and an Ode for St. Cecilia’s Day (patron saint of musicians) by Henry Purcell. Tickets are $17 and $7 for students. Tickets may be purchased from chorus members, at the door the night of the event, and through the chorus’ website at www.voiceschapelhill.org.
For the next concert of the season, Voices will present holiday performances on Friday, December 19th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 20th at 3:00 pm in Hill Hall auditorium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. “A Starry Night” celebrates the evening in Bethlehem when angels proclaimed the birth of the Holy child. This performance features a chamber orchestra and guest soloists soprano Andrea Moore and baritone Aaron Thacker. Voices will perform selections from Handel’s “Messiah”, Mendelssohn’s “Behold, A Star From Jacob Shining”, Finzi’s “In Terra Pax” and several familiar holiday carols.
Cantari’s spring performance, “Open The Heavens”, will feature two large works by Hungarian composer, music educator, conductor and organist Zoltan Kodaly. This performance takes place on Saturday, March 7th at 7:30 pm at Chapel of the Cross (304 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) Joining Cantari on the Kleuker organ will be Matthew Brown, Director of Music at First United Methodist Church in Salisbury. This performance marks Brown’s third appearance with the group. Brown was a student of David Higgs at the Eastman School of Music and has had a distinguished career as a recitalist. He has performed in venues such as Saint Paul’s Cathedral London, Assembly Hall of the Mormon Tabernacle’s Temple Square, Saint Thomas Church in New York, Princeton University Chapel, and the Cathedral of Saint Philip in Atlanta.
In May, Voices will once again be joined by guest organist Brown for “A Celebration of Organ and Voice” featuring Czech composer Antonin Dvorak’s “Mass in D Major” and French-born Louis Vierne’s “Messe Solennelle” with a motet interlude by German-born Johannes Brahms. The concert takes place at 8:00 pm on Saturday, May 30th at Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.
“Lighting The Eternal Flame,” Cantari’s final concert this season, features music by iconic 20th century composers Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen on Sunday, June 7th at 4:00 pm at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Guest organist Tim Baker, the church’s Director of Music, will accompany Cantari for Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and Sisters’ Voices, a community chorus made up of girls in second through eighth grades from Chapel Hill, Hillsborough, Carrboro and Chatham County, directed by Leandra Strope, will join in the concert’s opening selection by Stephen Paulus called “The Eternal Flame”
Voices Summer Chorus heats up July with a celebration of relationships—current, past, platonic, romantic, human and canine in “Close Your Eyes and Think of Me” on Friday, July 17 at 7:30 pm at University United Methodist Church in Chapel Hill. Voices Summer Chorus will welcome Minnesota composer, Elizabeth Alexander and will be premiering a piece she composed for women’s choir called “Sue Loves Butter”. The performance will also feature songs by John Lennon, Carole King and Paul Simon.
“For over three decades Voices has been honored to contribute to the Triangle’s vibrant musical community by sharing choral music from diverse cultural and historical periods through the selections we feature during our season,” says Voices’ conductor Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer. “We take great pride in being able to celebrate the classics as well as introduce new composers and their music to our audiences.”
In its 34th season, Voices has grown from a small group of adult singers to a thriving 130-voice, member-governed and operated, choral group known for its high standard of excellence.
Tickets for the upcoming performances can be purchased online at www.voiceschapelhill.org, from chorus members or at the door. Tickets for Voices performances are $20 for individuals and $7 for students. Tickets for Cantari performances are $17 for individuals and $7 for students. Children under 12 can attend for free. Children 12 and older can purchase student tickets. Group discounts are also available. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.