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VAE Season 35, 2014-2015


American Classic


November 8, 7:30 pm / Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Downtown


Craig Hella Johnson kicks off the VAE's 35th season with a concert shaped by America: songs of love and remembrance, folk songs, spirituals, and a few surprises designed to delight. William Billings to Stephen Paulus. “Shenandoah" to “Jericho." Join us as Craig weaves his unique programmatic magic – passionate, intelligent, captivating.


A Candlelit Christmas


December 13, 7:30 pm / St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Avenue, Northside

December 14, 5 pm / St. Francis de Sales, Church, 1600 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight. What better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE's Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. VAE welcomes guest artists Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project.


The Sealed Angel

by Rodion Shchedrin

January 31, 7:30 pm / St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Avenue, Northside

February 1, 4 pm / Mother of God Church, 119 W. 6th Street, Covington


VAE presents the regional premiere of "The Sealed Angel," Rodion Shchedrin’s 1988 millennial tribute to Russia’s conversion to Christianity. Ancient chants and lush, bottomless harmonies echo the grand pre-revolutionary tradition of a cappella liturgies created by Tchaikovsky, Gretchaninov and Rachmaninov, whose “Vespers” was a phenomenal success last season.


Coming Soon


by Hector Berlioz

May 29 / Cincinnati Music Hall

The VAE combines with the May Festival Chorus and the Cincinnati Symphony and Pop Orchestra for a rare and exciting performance of Berlioz "Requiem," or Grande messe des morts. This near two-hundred year old masterpiece was Berlioz's tribute to the fallen soldiers of the French Revolution of July in 1830. True to it purpose and time, this work is both sombering and grand, and most certainly magnificient. Featuring a tremedous orchestration of woodwind and brass instruments and lyrics deriving from traditional Latin Requiem Mass, this incredible performance is conducted by James Conlon.

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