The Midcoast-based a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX will wrap its welcome the new year tour of A History of Sacred Choral Music at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Road).

The concert will take place Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m.; this is a rescheduled performance due to January weather cancellation. There will be a pre-concert talk about the music at 1:30 p.m.

The program focuses on western European music, drawn primarily from the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions over many centuries. The group's music director, Matthew Smith, said, the idea for this program came from interactions with dedicated VoXX audience members.

“At every concert, I have been struck by their curiosity and intellect; their interest in the music we sing fueled my interest to add an educational component to our program,” he said.

Furthermore, he said, it occurred to him that helping educate the VoXX audience was as much a responsibility for the group as it was a fun musical journey for all to take together.

“Maine’s rural culture is a wonderful thing, but it also means fewer professional choral groups are able to visit and thus enrich our communities,” he said. “The goal of this particular program is to help lift the veil on what can be seen as complicated and serious music.”

Now in its second decade, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast. It generally performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and mid-summer. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added. The group has performed at Merrill Auditorium, the Camden and Rockport opera houses and at many other Maine venues.

Admission is $15 at the door, $8 for students. Doors will open at 1:15 p.m. For more information, call 389-1770.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or