VoXX presents “A History of Sacred Choral Music” in Phippsburg
The a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX will welcome the new year with “A History of Sacred Choral Music" at Phippsburg Congregational Church on Sunday, February 10 at 2:00. There will be a pre-concert talk about the music at 1:30.
The program will focus 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 our 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. Furthermore, it occurred to me that helping educate our audiences was as much a responsibility for VoXX as it was a fun musical journey for us 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. VoXX is the only local ensemble I know of that sings unaccompanied choral music that dates from as far back as the 11th century right up to modern times and contemporary works. 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, and 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, Camden Opera House, Rockport Opera House and at many other Maine venues.
The concert will be performed at the historic 1802 Phippsburg Congregational Church.
The Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Admission is $15 at the door. Students $8. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. For more information call 389-1770.