Voa presents: THE SECULAR SOCIETY CHAMBER MUSIC CONCERT
april 25, 2018

 BEETHOVEN SONATAS FOR CELLO & PIANO

From the opening phrase of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 3 in A Major, Op. 69 for cello and piano, the relationship between the two instruments is established.  It is a partnership of yearning and fulfillment, of balance, of energy and repose. The music etches a path that traverses familiar and unforeseen terrain before reaching its destination.  Each movement reveals fresh glimpses into a world where the listener’s mind is free to dwell. The adagio is heartbreakingly poignant. The final allegro overflowing with exuberance. In these sonatas, Beethoven demonstrates an uncanny ability to distill the enormity of human experience into perfectly constructed musical phrases, exploiting every nuance of each instrument’s timbre and expressivity. The result is breathtaking.



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2017/2018 VOA CONCERT SEASON:
FIVE CENTURIES AT THE CUTTING EDGE

The fascination of musical invention truly captures my attention, and this season Voices of Ascension will explore cutting edge compositions from five centuries. The 2017-2018 Voices of Ascension performances will celebrate the revolutionary composers of choral music, dating all the way back to the 16th century through today. Each concert features composers and their masterpieces modernized the music of their time, while setting the standard for classic choral tradition for decades to come. I have always believed, that the greatest musicians create art that is universal while speaking directly to the listener— and this season we bring our audience just that.
— Dennis Keene, Artistic Director & Conductor



"As a whole, this Gloria was shiny, welcoming and enthusiastic...Overall: a fine evening, with the Voices of Ascension at their very best." -TheaterScene.net.  Read TheaterScene.net's full review of VoA's performance of Gloria and King David, HERE.
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VoA in The New Yorker

The Voices of Ascension Chorus and Orchestra, conducted by Dennis Keene, presents some of the most consistently polished and satisfying choral performances in New York City.
— The New York Times

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About Voa

Voices of Ascension Chorus & Orchestra 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 28-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. Recent performances have been described as 'richly colored, impressive, and beautifully balanced' (Wall Street Journal) and 'inspired' (NY Times).

Dennis Keene, Artistic Director and Conductor of Voices of Ascension, is an internationally renowned conductor. Through his concerts and Grammy-nominated recordings with Voices of Ascension, regular guest appearances as conductor and teacher, and his work as Artistic Director of the Dennis Keene Choral Festival and Voices of Ascension Conductor Academy, he has become one of the preeminent figures in choral music today. Recipient of awards for exceptional artistry from The Juilliard School and Chorus America, Dr. Keene has also served on grants panels for the NEA and NYSCA as well as the board of Chorus America.