Vox Nova Chamber Choir to perform at Bowdoin

Jan 07, 2014

Brunswick — Vox Nova Chamber Choir, a Midcoast-based ensemble dedicated to the creative exploration of modern and contemporary vocal music, will present a concert of contemporary choral music Saturday, Jan. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19, at 3 p.m. in Studzinski Recital Hall at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.

The concert features two major choral works for voices and strings. The Ecstasies Above, the title piece on the program, is an otherworldly and serenely expressive work set to the prodigious poem "Israfel," by Edgar Allan Poe. The program concludes with "Sunrise Mass," by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

Tickets are $15 in advance at participating local businesses in the Midcoast area and $20 at the door. Admission is free with Bowdoin I.D. Students attend free of charge.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir was founded in 2009 by Shannon Chase and Karen Topp and features members of the Maine Midcoast community, including Bowdoin College faculty and alumni.

Although the choir typically performs an entirely a cappella repertory, Vox Nova has become known for inventive programming and has sought in recent years to engage in collaborations with soloists and instrumentalists in order to bring the audience a well-rounded listening experience.

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