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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.
Spain and Modernisme: The Era of Granados
To convey the warmth of the lush repertoire of Catalan and Spanish music being featured in our upcoming concert, Voices of Ascension staff selected this oil painting depicting a luminous, outdoor gathering of dancers by Ramon Casas I Carbo (1866-1932). A contemporary of Granados, Casas I Carbo was regarded as one of the leading figures of the Modernisme movement. The Modernisme movement, equivalent to various fin de siècle movements across Europe. The name Modernisme, which means “modernism” in Catalan, comes from its roots and center in Barcelona. Casas I Carbo approached a wide range of subjects; he painted portraits of the intellectual, artistic, and political elite, as well as crowd scenes, bullfights, prostitutes, beggars, and peasants. His posters and ads, imbued with the style of “art nouveau” helped to define the style of Modernisme.
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).
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.