Chapel Hill, N.C.- Voices, one of the Triangle’s oldest and most distinguished choral groups, kicks off its 2012-2013 performance season on Saturday, November 3rd with “Beginning to See the Light”. Cantari, Voices’ select ensemble, will perform Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem accompanied by organist Matthew Brown at Chapel of the Cross (304 East Franklin Street) in Chapel Hill at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and $6 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.
Based on themes from Gregorian chants and written in memory of the composer’s father, Duruflé’s Requiem is being performed in connection with All Saints’ Day (officially November 1, 2012), a time reserved for remembering loved ones who have passed on. Additional selections by Duruflé, Fissinger, Whitacre, and Bainton will be performed on the program.
On Friday, December 14th at 8:00 pm and Saturday, December 15th at 4:00 pm, Hill Hall auditorium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus will be alive with the sounds of festive French carols as Voices performs “Sing Noël”. Accompanied by harp, strings, flutes, organ and percussion, “Sing Noël” features the joyous choruses and solos from two celebrated French choral works, Messe de Minuit Pour Noël by Baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier and the Christmas Oratorio by late-Romantic composer, Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns.
The spring brings more Baroque music from Cantari as the select ensemble performs “Music For A While: Baroque Motet, Verse Anthem and Suite” featuring the UNC Baroque Ensemble. The performance takes place on Sunday, March 3rd at 7:30 pm at Hill Hall auditorium on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. This performance features music by Henry Purcell and J.S. Bach.
In June, the worlds of Paul McCartney, The Beatles, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will collide. On Saturday, June 1st at 8:00 pm at UNC’s Memorial Hall, Voices will present “Mozart Meets McCartney” as they perform Mozart’s Missa Brevis in F and McCartney’s Ecce Cor Meum. Both men were beloved and accomplished composers who toured extensively and had fan clubs throughout their youth. An orchestra, a children’s choir and soloists will join Voices for this performance.
“From the Convent to Abbey Road,” Cantari’s final concert this season, offers another look at the incredible legacy of Paul McCartney on Sunday, June 9th at 4:00 pm at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Tickets for this performance are $15 and $6 for students in advance, and $17 and $8 at the door. This performance features pieces from medieval chant by Benedictine Abbess Hildegard von Bingen, to Latin motets, to modern humorous songs, American spirituals, and pop songs straight from the English pub scene of the 1960’s. “A Tribute to the Beatles” offers arrangements of many of their hits that are familiar to everyone.
“This season truly has something for everyone as we cover a variety of musical styles from many well-known composers,” said Voices’ conductor Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer. “Through this season, we are able to collaborate with talented soloists and musicians while sharing the joy of choral music and educating the community about music from diverse cultural and historical periods.”
In its 32nd season, Voices has grown from a small group of adult singers that performed with student choruses from Frank Porter Graham Elementary School and Phillips Middle School in 1980 to the thriving 130 member-governed and operated choral group known for its high standard of excellence today.
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 $6 for students. Tickets for Cantari performances are $15 for individuals and $6 for students. Season tickets for all performances are $50 for individuals and $20 for students.