CONCERTS

VOX NOVA CHAMBER CHOIR presents its final installment of THE FOUR SEASONS concert series with Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St.

The music for Summer Solstice features the Maine Premiere of “the national anthems” by Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award-Winning composer, David Lang.

Lang takes fragments of text from the anthems of all 193 United Nations member states and unfolds the piece at speaking speed, with plenty of room for breaths between phrases and plenty of clarity to the words. It has the feel of sad and eerie intoning.

Surrounding this musical monument are lush, verdant symbols of summer in full beauty of the season: Whitacre’s “Go, Lovely Rose” and “With a Lily in Her Hand.” Barnum’s “Sweetheart of the Sun,” “Afternoon on a Hill” and “The Sounding Sea.” Gjeilo’s haunting “Across the Vast, Eternal Sky,” and “Identity and The Ground” from The Sunrise Mass. “Stars” by Ešenvalds features tuned water glasses representing the luminescent heavens that cross the summer night sky.

Vox Nova Chamber Choir (Est. 2009) under the direction of Dr. Shannon Chase, champions the expansive body of modern and contemporary choral repertory.

CONCORDIA YOUTH CHOIR will present Journey to Awakening, their final concert of the year on Tuesday, June 12, 7:30 PM at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, 1 Middle St.

Concordia is comprised of 14 gifted and talented high school singers from Maranacook, Gardiner, Richmond, Brunswick and Topsham. The youth program was a pilot for this year under the newly expanded Vox Nova Choral Consort.

The Journey to Awakening program features music that is tuned to nature but also which represents a socially conscious philosophy in action. Students will introduce the repertoire and share anecdotal information about the meaning behind the music.