February 18: Duruflé Requiem and works by Boulanger, Franck, Poulenc, and more
Voices of Ascension presents a program built around the Duruflé Requiem, masterpiece of Conductor Keene's friend and mentor, Maurice Duruflé. Join us and our guest soloists for a night of sensuous, voluptuous French music.
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Voices Online - Listen Now
We are pleased to present the Fauré Requiem as our first recording for Voices Online, an initiative to provide free, high quality recordings of live concerts. We are excited to welcome students, educators, and audience members to enjoy the sound of Voices of Ascension.
We are pleased to welcome a new roster of VOA Young Artists to our 2015-2016 Choral Season! Click above to learn more about the talented young soloists performing with Voices of Ascension in recent seasons.
Voices of Ascension is excited to introduce the newest members of our Administrative and Artistic team, Sonia Chou and Thomas Cunningham.
Marketing & Development Associate
A recent graduate of the University of Chicago, Sonia Chou has interned with the New York Youth Symphony, City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and UChicago’s Visual Resources Center. Sonia is excited to continuing working in the field of nonprofits, arts organizations, and extend her abilities from her academic and internship career.
American conductor and artistic director of Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra Thomas Cunningham joins Voices as Assistant Conductor. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, he is conductor of the Ripieno Ensemble in Bucks County, PA, and works regularly with The Princeton Festival, the Opera Slavica and The CoOPERAtive program. Thomas’ previous engagements include Bard SummerScape, Berkshire Choral Festival, Opera Forza, the String Orchestra of Brooklyn and Westminster Opera Theater.Passionate about the American repertory, Mr. Cunningham is a strong proponent of the music of George T. Walker and William Grant Still. He is currently creating a symphonic suite of William Grant Still’s grand opera Troubled Island.
Grammy-nominated Voices of Ascension, founded in 1990 and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, presents exceptional performances of great works of music for chorus and orchestra. Over the course of its 26 year history, Voices of Ascension has produced an annual concert series, released Grammy-nominated recordings, and engaged in artistic collaborations with the San Francisco Symphony, Mostly Mozart Festival, José Limón Dance, the Mark Morris Dance Group, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. These performances have won acclaim for their ‘sheer musical excellence’ (NY Times), the chorus for being the ‘finest in American choral music’ (Stereophile), and Dr. Keene as the ‘leader most widely touted to pick up the mantle of Robert Shaw’ (NY Times).
Recently described in the Wall Street Journal (2/1/15) as "richly colored, impressive, and beautifully balanced," Voices of Ascension singers are among the finest professional ensemble musicians in the United States. Their artistry and technical flexibility allow for exceptional performances of choral music of every period and style. The ensemble varies according to the works performed, usually ranging from 20 to 40 singers.