Andrea Haines & Molly Noon (soprano)
Katie Jeffries-Harris (alto)
Barnaby Smith (artistic director, countertenor)
Blake Morgan & Euan Williamson (tenor)
Christopher Moore & Jonathan Pacey (bass)
February 25, 2022
After Silence - Voces8
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
The Deer’s Cry
O Nata Lux
Regina Caeli á 8
performed by the USC Chamber Singers
Let My Love Be Heard
featuring the USC Chamber Singers
Hymn to St Cecilia
ORLANDO GIBBONS (1583–1625)
ARVO PÄRT (b. 1935)
THOMAS TALLIS (1505–1585)
TOMÁS LUIS DE VICTORIA
PAUL SMITH (b. 1981)
LEVENTE GYÖNGYÖSI (b. 1975)
JAKE RUNESTAD (b. 1986)
BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913–1976)
|| Weather permitting, please join us on the patio for refreshments and conversation
Book VI: Lagrime D’Amante al Sepolcro Dell’Amata (Sestina Madrigals)
1. Incenerite spoglie, avara tomba
2. Ditelo, o fiumi, e voi ch’udiste Glauco
3. Darà la notte il sol lume alla terra
4. Ma te raccoglie, o ninfa, in grembo ‘l ciel
5. O chiome d’or, neve gentil del seno
6. Dunque, amate reliquie, un mar di pianto
|CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567–1643)
Heyr, hymn amour
Come Fly with Me (To the Moon)
Underneath the Stars
Straighten Up and Fly Right
ÞORKELL SIGURBJÖRNSSON (1938–2013)
MUMFORD & SONS
arr. Jim Clements
BART HOWARD, JIMMY VAN HEUSEN, & SAMMY CAHN
arr. Alexander L’Estrange (1915–2004; 1913–1990; 1913–1993)
arr. Jim Clements (b. 1973)
NAT ‘KING’ COLE
arr. Jim Clements (1919–1965)
|Hallelujah Chorus ||George Frederick Handel
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feedback that may disturb others in the audience.
A Note on the Program
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” — Aldous Huxley
In the essay from which the title After Silence is taken, Aldous Huxley offers his thoughts on the essential force of music. The most profoundly significant constituents of our being, he says, include our responses to beauty, pleasure, pain, ecstasy, and death. These can best be ‘experienced, not expressed’ through silence, and after silence, through music. The choral works in this 15th-anniversary programme (to accompany the ensemble’s compendium album release) are exalted, vital, and freed from their original contextual restraints and are distinguishable by their inexhaustible capacity to express the inexpressible.
The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group per-forms an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading musicians, orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos which is shared both online and in person. VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the VOCES8 Foundation which actively promotes ‘Music Education For All’, reaching up to 40,000 people a year.
VOCES8 has performed at many notable venues since its inception in 2005 including Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cité de
la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City amongst many others. This season they perform over 100 concerts in the UK and across Europe, in Israel and the USA. The pandemic provided the impetus for 2 continuing initiatives: the VOCES8 Digital Academy, an online choral programme; and the LIVE From London digital festivals which to date has broadcast 70 concerts and sold 150,000 tickets in 75 countries. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and also releases projects on its own label, VOCES8 Records. The latest album is “Infinity” which reached the top of the classical charts on release. New projects with composers Christopher Tin, Eric Whitacre and Paul Simon are be-ing recorded in 2022.
USC Thornton Chamber Singers
Jo-Michael Scheibe, Conductor
Laura Legh Spillane, Associate Conductor
So Mang Jeagal, Assistant Conductor
Laura Leigh Spillane
Julia de la Rosa
Hee Seong Lee
Daniel Montes de Oca Tellez
Yu Hang Tan
Tickets purchased online are held at Will Call beginning at 7pm on the night of the concert