Giving voice to diverse cultural experiences through song and story.
VIVOCE WINTER CONCERT 2018
River of Stars: Singing Darkness into Light
Join us as we embark on a journey of rivers and stars to celebrate the winter light in song. This uplifting program lets the darkness of solitude and despair flow through to moving rhythms of hearts united in song, bringing forth the light in everyone. This year’s musical travels set a course through Ireland, Italy, Romany Macedonia, Turkey, Bolivia, Serbia, Romania, and North America.
Concert highlights: ViVoce’s stylistic range runs from Renaissance polyphony (“Super Flumina,” by Palestrina, and “Come Lume di Notte,” by Orlando di Lasso) to “I Couldn’t Hear Nobody Pray,” and “I Just Come from the Fountain,” African American songs, the latter as recorded by Smithsonian Folkways. We are fortunate to be performing “Bright Morning Stars Are Rising,” as arranged for four voices in 1968 by Joe Hickerson (folksinger, friend of Pete Seeger and former Director of the Archive of Folk Song/Culture at the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress). We also sing “La Despedida” and “Hoy Estoy Aqui,” folk songs from Bolivia, “Tat Am Zis,” a rarely performed love song from Romania, and “Eileanoir a Ruin,” a 17th c Gaelic song setting a course of love, fused with Wild Mountain Thyme, a wistful Irish song (“Will ye go, lassie, go?”).
Saturday January 27 7:30 pm
Sunday January 28 4:30 pm
St Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
1704 NE 43rd Portland 97213
Tickets: $15 general, $12 seniors, $10 students, free under 12.
ViVoce Music Director: Jamie L.Webster ~ Artistic Director: Antonia Forster
ViVoce was founded in 2003 as the Revels Singers, a SATB group singing madrigals and other traditional music. Originally formed as an outreach group, they performed at farmer’s markets, the Portland Rose Festival and other events. By the fall of 2005 the group had only 6 women’s voices and no men’s voices so it was decided that they would continue on as an all women’s choir.
Today, ViVoce’s 16-21 member, all women chorus performs 2 concerts a year in January and June under the direction of Jamie Webster. The concerts have evolved to feature folk music from around the world, poetry and storytelling.
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