2004–2005—Our 5th anniversary season!

Christmas Concerts
Victoria's Missa O Magnum Mysterium ...plus music of J. Handl, Rorem, Hassler, Alfred Burt and more!

As is our custom, our Christmas concerts on December 11 and 12, 2004 presented a variety of beautiful seasonal music that departed a bit from the usual Christmas choral fare.

The centerpiece of the concerts was the stunning Christmas motet O Magnum Mysterium by the late-Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria. It was surrounded by portions of Victoria 's Missa O Magnum Mysterium, a mass loosely based on the motet. Thus, the audience had the opportunity to hear how the composer drew material from the motet and reused it in the mass. In addition to the motet and mass, there were pieces from the same period by Hans Leo Hassler and Jacob Handl.

The chorus performed several traditional carols in nontraditional settings. There was a striking arrangement by Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly of the 15 th century French chant Veni, veni Emmanuel; Michelle Hynson's 2003 arrangement combining Ding Dong! Merrily On High and Angels We Have Heard On High; and the perennial favorite, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, as arranged by Arthur Warrell.

There was also original Christmas music by composers Ned Rorem, Gerald Finzi, and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; a beautiful carol entitled Lullaby My Jesus set to music transcribed for chorus from Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite; and a selection of delightful carols by Alfred Burt.

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 11, 2004
Asbury Methodist Village

Sunday, December 12, 2004
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


VOICES XXI Focus Concert

Music of Orlando di Lasso

...featuring his Missa Pilons L'orge and the chanson model by Claudin de Sermisy on which it is based. Learn about this composer's name! Previous Focus Concerts have concentrated on the music of Claudin de Sermisy (2003) and Johannes Brahms (2004).


Saturday, April 16, 2005
Chevy Chase United Methodist Church

Sunday, April 17, 2005
Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

5th Anniversary Season Concert

VOICES XXI members celebrate the choral art with a rich tapestry of music from the 20th and 21st centuries, including favorites from our four previous seasons and the world premiere of Ave Verum Corpus by our second Composer-in-Residence, Dr. Paul Criswell.

Saturday, June 11, 2005
Riverdale Presbyterian Church

Sunday, June 12, 2005
Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


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