The Vocal Arts Ensemble ( www.vaecinci.org ) has six pairs of concerts announced for its 2016-2017 season. With tickets priced from $10 (students) to $30 (reserved) it is hard to imagine the availability of a formidable professional chamber chorus led by a Grammy-award recipient, such as Craig Hella Johnson performing interesting choral music (much of it contemporary in premiere performances) at these prices anywhere else but in Cincinnati.
Sept 16 at 8 pm – The Hope of Loving Westwood Presbyterian, at 3011 Harrison Ave Sept 17 at 8 pm – The Hope of Loving at St. Barnabas Episcopal at 10345 Montgomery Rd.
In both programs three new works are featured: Jake Runestad’s The Hope of Loving, VAI conductor Craig Hella Johnson’s Gitanjali Chants and Eric Whitacre’s Alleluia.
Dec.9 at 8:00 pm – A Candlelit Christmas at St. Francis De Sales Church, 1600 Madison Rd
Dec. 10 at 8:00 pm – A Candlelit Christmas at St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Ave
March 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm – Considering Matthew Shepard at Gallagher Theatre at Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy
March 5, 2017 at 5:00 pm – Considering Matthew Shepard at Gallagher Theatre at Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy
In both programs, Craig Hella Johnson’s composition Considering Matthew Shepard will be performed by the VAE and an instrumental ensemble.
Of the musical programs of the many churches of all faiths that dot the urban and suburban landscape of greater Cincinnati none can begin to compare with the scope of the free-admission Vespers at the beautiful St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Terrace Park. The group is a mix of professional section leaders, such as the fine bass-baritone Jonathan Cooper, who often double as soloists and amateur volunteers. Jonathan is St. Thomas’ Director of Communications & Programs Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org ) and he will gladly email a brochure to those interested.
- September 11, 2016, 5pm All-Bach Vespers in memory of the 15th anniversary of 9/11 Bach Cantata no. 70: Watch and Pray!; Cantata no.118: O Jesus, Light of my Soul and the Lamb of God section (Agnus Dei) from Bach’s Mass in B Minor.
- October 16, 2016, 5pm Bach Vespers – Cantata no. 56 I Shall Gladly Bear the Cross
- November 13, 2016, 5pm Brahms’ Requiem for All Souls’ Day
- November 27, 2016, 5pm Bach Vespers for Advent Cantata no. 62 Come, Savior of the Heathen
- Monday, December 19, 2016, 7:30pm Handel’ Messiah Sing-Along
- January 15, 2017, 5pm Bach Vespers for Epiphany with the Cincinnati Camerata: Cantata no. 126: Sustain Us, Lord, With Your Word
- February 12, 2017, 5pm Bach Vespers Cantata no. 18: Just as Rain and Snow Fall from Heaven
- March 12, 2017, 5pm Bach Vespers for Lent Cantata no. 131: From the Depths I Call Unto Thee, O Lord
- Friday, April 14, 2017, 7pm Good Friday St. John Passion – Heinrich Schütz
- May 7, 2017, 5pm, Bach Vespers – Easter Cantata no. 166 Where Do You Go?
- June 4, 2017, 5pm Bach Vespers for Pentecost Cantata no. 172: Ring Out, Songs and Strings!
MUSICA SACRA ( www.musica-sacra.org ) has scheduled three free-admission Sunday afternoon concerts this season:
1) All-Handel Fest on October 16 at the Basilica in Covington on October 16 at 3 PM
2) Christmas Concert (Charpentier, Durante, Buxtehude, Mozart) on Sunday December 4 at 2:00 pm in the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Hyde Park and…
3) Spring Concert (Haydn, Bach, Vaugh-Williams) on Sunday March 26 at 3 pm in St. Boniface Church on the Northside.
Brett Scott leads the concerts, which feature a mix of amateur and professional musicians from the community.
Rafael de Acha