Christmas Concerts
Featuring music by Morales, Hassler, and new arrangements of familiar, beloved favorites!

The connecting theme of our 2005 Christmas concerts -- the ancient text O Magnum Mysterium -- has inspired composers throughout musical history. We heard how three composers from different eras treated this text: the Spanish composer Christóbal de Morales writing in the early 16th century, the French composer Francis Poulenc in 1952, and the American composer Morten Lauridsen in 1994. While their concepts and musical styles are very different, all treated the subject with reverence and awe.

We also presented two arrangements of traditional Christmas carols by our 2005 composer-in-residence Paul Criswell. We performed the first of these - Lo, How a Rose E're Blooming - on our very first concerts in December 2000. The second - Sussex Carol -- was newly completed and received its first performances on these concerts. It is dedicated to Jesse Parker and VOICES XXI.

Two other traditional carols arranged by prominent Washington-area musicians were also featured. They were the Appalachian carol Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head arranged by Leo Nestor of Catholic University, and the Spanish carol A La Nanita Nana arranged by Roger Folstrom, formerly of the University of Maryland, now retired.

And, in a departure from our usual practice of performing only a cappella, harpist Melissa Tardiff Dvorak joined us for several pieces on these programs.

Saturday, December 10, 2005
First Baptist Church of Hyattsville

Sunday, December 11, 2005
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church

The Asbury Concert  Dedicated to Mary G. Dawson

Featuring music by Lasso, Byrd, Paulus and Gorecki, plus American hymns and folk songs

Friday, March 24, 2006
Asbury Methodist Village, Gaithersburg


¡Oh guitarra!

VOICES XXI was joined by guitarist Giorgia Cavallara in performances of music for guitar and chamber chorus May 20 & 21.  The concert featured A Procession Winding Around Me, Jeffrey Van’s evocative settings of Walt Whitman poetry, and selections from Romancero Gitano, vibrant music by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco to texts of Federico Garcia Lorca.  The concert also included music by Halsey Stevens, David Conte and Stephen Paulus.


Saturday, May 20, 2006

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Gaithersburg/p>

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Chevy Chase United Methodist Church


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