The a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX will welcome the new year with four performances of its annual January concert series titled “A History of Sacred Choral Music.” This winter, the program will focus on western European music drawn primarily from the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions. The concerts will be as follows:
Saturday, Jan. 12: Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport, 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 13: St. John’s Episcopal Church, 234 French St., Bangor, 2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 19: United Farmers Market of Maine, 18 Spring St., Belfast, 7 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 20: Phippsburg Congregational Church, 10 Church Lane, Phippsburg, 2 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m.
Admission is $15 (cash or check); tickets available at the door.
For nearly 20 years, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast, and now performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and in mid-summer. VoXX likes the challenges of unusual vocal music, yet more-familiar works by such renowned composers as Britten, Byrd, Dufay, Holst, Josquin, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams, and Whitacre (not to mention Anonymous) are also central to the repertoire. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added.
Membership is by audition (the group is currently seeking new members, see the website for details). Members who so choose can share in the responsibility of bringing music selections to the group and may take turns teaching and leading if they want to. The group has built a strong following and is well known for its efforts to inform audiences through extensive program notes.
VoXX is available to perform by invitation. Visit www.voiceoftwenty.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.