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VAE Season 34, 2013-2014

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Rachmaninoff Vespers

Saturday, February 15, 7:30pm                 St. Boniface Catholic Church

Sunday, February 16, 3pm                          Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Craig Hella Johnson in his first concert as VAE Music Director leads the voices of VAE in one of the world’s choral masterpieces, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, also known as The Rachmaninoff Vespers.  Consisting of the texts of the Russian Orthodox All-night vigil ceremony, this transcendentally beautiful work for a cappella choir has been praised as Rachmaninoff's finest achievement.  VAE returns to the Covington’s awe inspiring Cathedral Basilica and St. Boniface Catholic Church for two highly anticipated performances.

I Dream a World

Friday, May 2, 7:30pm                     Memorial Hall

VAE’s final concert will give audiences a preview of the excitement that brings thousands choral music fans to Music Hall each spring to experience the Cincinnati May Festival, the oldest, and one of the most prestigious, choral festivals in the Western Hemisphere.  Craig Hella Johnson leads an eclectic and thrilling program that will include a commissioned world premiere by emerging American composer Jake Runestad, the regional premiere of Kevin Puts If I Were a Swan, J.S Bach’s Singet dem Herrn, Dominick Argento’s Walden Pond and traditional spirituals including works by R. Nathaniel Dett (His Oratorio, The Ordering of Moses, will be featured during the Cincinnati May Festival as well as during their May performance at Carnegie Hall).  


Previous performances this season:


VAE with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra

Sunday, November 17, 4pm                       St. Catherine of Siena Church

Two iconic composers. Two masterpieces.  Two centuries apart.  Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor  (1783) and Arvo Pärt's mystical Te Deum  (1985).  Add what may be the best choral acoustic in Cincinnati, a breathtaking visual space, and you have the makings of a sensational performance by the region's only professional chorus and professional chamber orchestra.  Continuing a tradition of annual collaborations with the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, CCO Music Director Mischa Santora will conduct a program featuring contrasting choral masterpieces premiered almost exactly two centuries apart.

A Candlelit Christmas

Saturday, December 14, 7:30 pm              St. Boniface Catholic Church

Sunday, December 15, 5pm                   St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church

A celebrated Cincinnati tradition continues with VAE’s Candelit Christmas program.  VAE Director Emeritus Earl Rivers returns to lead VAE in a concert that celebrates the season. Highlights include three glorious settings of the Magnificat spanning over 300 years as composed by Andrea Gabrieli, César Cui, and John Tavener.  The concert also features Stephen Paulus’ Three Nativity Carols and Guest Artists – Jackie Davis, harp, Mark Ostoich, oboe, and the angelic sounds of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, led by Robyn Lana. Experience cherished music of the nativity in the warm glow of candlelight.  


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