Sunday, March 4
World Cafe Live: 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
British ensemble VOCES8 takes a cappella chamber singing to a new level. Called “impeccable” (Gramophone) and “slickest of the lot” (BBC Radio 3), the 8-voice ensemble performs everything from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and popular arrangements. The program will feature works by Bach, Byrd, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninov, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Simon and Garfunkel, Ben Folds, Jonathan Dove, Kate Rusby and more.
In addition, VOCES8 will employ their unique “VOCES8 Method” of music education, which uses rhythm and sound to enhance the development of numeracy, literacy and linguistics. They’ve been working with LiveConnections’ school and community partners in a series of workshops, and will be joined at the concert by special guest choirs from C.W. Henry School, a Philadelphia public school; Our Lady of Confidence Day School, which serves teens with intellectual disabilities; and Germantown Recovery Community, which serves adults receiving mental health, therapeutic and recovery services. It’s part of LiveConnections’ “A Song Everyone Can Sing” initiative, focused on accessibility and inclusion through singing.
The concert is presented by LiveConnections, a nonprofit in residence at World Cafe Live. “These aren’t your typical collaborations. LiveConnections creates synergy between unlikely bedfellows” (Philly Magazine). Our critically acclaimed LiveConnections Presents concert series features collaborative concerts that cross musical boundaries, with adventurous artist pairings, brand new commissions and unique community participation.
$20 general admission
$10 students with ID
(prices include service fees)
About the Artists
“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” (Gramophone Magazine)
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.
In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium, L’Arpeggiata and Les Inventions, violinist HugoTicciati, cellist Matthew Sharp, and pianist/composers Jonathan Dove and Ola Gjeilo. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford and Thomas Hewitt Jones. The group also performs bespoke arrangements written by Arranger in Residence, Jim Clements. For more information, visit voces8.com. [Image: Andy Staples]