May 19, 2016 Masters of the Renaissance
Conductor Keene leads the Voices of Ascension chorus in a program of a cappella motets from the Netherlands School, where the richest choral tradition in European history took root in the Low Countries, home to Josquin, Ockeghem, Isaac, Lassus and Sweelinck.
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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.
Congratulations to Martha Sullivan and Jocelyn Hagen, Sorel Medallion Contest winners!
Voices of Ascension performed the first and second prize winning pieces from the Sorel Medallion Choral Composition Contest, Martha Sullivan's Shakespeare's Throat (first) and Jocelyn Hagen's Ophelia (second). The Sorel Organization supports and encourages musical excellence by creating opportunity for women in composition, conducting, piano, voices, and film scoring. Voices of Ascension would like to thank the Sorel Organization, the Silver Jubilee Society, and Elliot Forrest from WQXR for making the Serenade to Music concert a wonderful night.
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.