Saturday, July 7, 2012; 7:30 p.m.
Location: Athena Health atrium, 3 Hatley Rd., Belfast, ME
Contact: Gretchen Ogden; 207-236-9413
The a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty will present its annual summer concert series titled “If Music Be…” to summer audiences around the midcoast in July 2012. The self-led group of auditioned singers has once again put together a program of works that spans the ages from Medieval to contemporary and composers from Obrecht to Britten. The selections are both secular and sacred and examine themes of adoration, reflection, redemption, and, of course, love, with pathos and humor.
There will be three full performances of “If Music Be…”: Friday, July 6, in the gallery at Pascal Hall, 86 Pascal Avenue, Rockport (7:30 p.m.); Saturday, July 7, in the soaring atrium at Athena Health, 3 Hatley Rd. (7:30 p.m.); and Sunday, July 8, as part of the Cushing Historical Society’s series, at historic South Cushing Baptist Church on Salt Pond Rd., (4:00 p.m.). Admission to each concert is $10, tickets are available at the door. In addition, the group will present a free, abbreviated “sneak preview” concert/open rehearsal on Wednesday, June 27 at 7:30 p.m., in the Rockland Gazebo on Ocean Street (bring a chair or blanket for seating).
VoXX is unusual in that it is a collectively run, all-volunteer organization. Membership is by audition (the group is currently seeking new members; see the group’s web site for details), and singers come from all walks of life: teachers and students, professionals and retirees. Members can share in the responsibility of bringing music selections to the group and may take turns teaching and leading if so desired. The group has built a strong following and is well known for its efforts to inform audiences through extensive program notes.
The singers recently released their first CD, VoXX: Voice of Twenty: “Favorites Old and New.” It is available at the group’s concerts and website, and via cdbaby.com. VoXX is available to perform by invitation. Visit www.voiceoftwenty.com or call 207-236-9413 for more information.