Voci gives winter choral concerts Dec. 3-4

Fresh off its inspiring, sold-out performance of Beethoven’s 9th, the Voci Community Choir is preparing to present its second “Voci and Friends” winter choral concerts. The performances are Dec. 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. in Wy’east Middle School’s Performing Arts Center.

This year, the concerts will include the choir presenting the exclusive first performance and world premiere of “Shropshire Psalms,” a set of choral pieces by English composer Jessica Curry. Drawn from Curry’s score to the videogame “Everybody’s Gone to Rapture,” the Hood River concert will mark the first time an ensemble has performed the music outside of the game. Mark Steighner, CGOA conductor and music director, describes the Psalms as “strongly in the English choral tradition. This music sounds nothing like what you think of as videogame music. It could have been written by one of the Tudor composers or Vaughan Williams.”

The choir will also perform selections from Giancarlo Menotti’s beloved Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors,” one of the first operas ever written for television, as well as other choral selections and traditional carols.

Also on the program will be two guest ensembles, the Intermediate Strings, directed by Chari Bickford, and the Gorge Brass Ensemble, made up of members of the Sinfonietta. Both ensembles will be performing Suites written for them by music director Steighner. The concert will end with an audience sing-a-long of some beloved carols.

There is a suggested $10 donation for the concerts at the door. No advance tickets are being sold. More information is available at gorgeorchestra.org.

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