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Voce Chamber Singers Spring Concert

Light from Light: The Tudor Legacy

Sunday, April 22, 2018
4:00 PM

Church of the Holy Comforter
543 Beulah Road, NE 
Vienna, VA 22180
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Voce Chamber Singers

Voce closes the 2017–18 concert season with a program featuring two masterpieces of 20th-century English sacred music: Ralph Vaughan Williams's Mass in G Minor, and the Requiem of Herbert Howells.

The Vaughan Williams Mass stands among the most exceptional 20th-century settings of the Latin Mass ordinary. Scored for double-choir and soloists, the piece evokes the lush textures and rich harmonies of pre-Reformation English choral music. Written in 1921, the piece was first performed in a liturgical context by Richard Terry and the Choir of Westminster Cathedral, London.

Herbert Howells's Requiem is among the composer's most personal works. Dating from the early 1930s and likely influenced by the death of the Howells's son, Michael (in whose honor Howells also wrote a famous hymn tune), the composer withheld the piece from publication until 1980, just a few years before his own death. A canvas for some of the Howells's most luminous choral writing, the piece is no less remarkable for its text, which combines portions of the Requiem Mass with other passages of scripture (including especially memorable settings of Psalms 23 and 121).

You won't want to miss our performance of these two monuments of 20th-century sacred music! Tickets available at the door or online HERE.