Women’s Vocal Ensemble · Anne Hege, Artistic Director

Concerts & Events


A Symphony to Dante's Divine Comedy

Sunday, April 23, 2017
3:00 PM
Valley Center for the Performing Arts
Holy Names University, Oakland
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Voci will collaborate with the Holy Names Orchestra in a performance of one of Franz Liszt‘s symphonic masterworks.

 

Beautiful Is the World

Sunday, April 30, 2017
4:00 pm
St. Perpetua Catholic Church
3454 Hamlin Road
Lafayette
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Saturday, May 6, 2017
4:00 pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1330 Lakeshore Avenue
Oakland
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We conclude our 25th Anniversary season with celebratory concerts featuring exciting premieres of new works by gifted Bay Area composers. In response to the social upheaval underway around us, we celebrate the amazing diversity and breadth of life that make up the magical and beautiful—yet sometimes strange and terrible—world we live in, and seek to bring people of all perspectives together though the kaleidoscopic lens of music.

The title, “Beautiful is the World,” comes from former Voci director Jude Navari’s dazzling seven-movement work, “Siddhartha Fragments,” which explores Buddhist philosophy through text from Hermann Hesse’s novel, Siddhartha. Originally composed for Voci in 2012, the Ensemble premieres the full cycle this spring. Voci will also premiere “Qasida of Breath,” by Mitchell Covington, a setting of haunting verse by local Palestinian-American poet Deema Shehabi, as well as evocative arrangements of three Russian folksongs by local composer Arkadi Serper, and exciting works by two emerging composers, Voci assistant conductor, Edna Yeh and our New Works Project composer-in-residence, Julie Herndon.