Here we are at the end of 2017 – already!
We are happy and grateful to welcome some new singers to the group this season: Ellen Barton, Thom Barthlemess, Naomi deVries Pomerantz, and Peter Venable. And we’re grateful that throughout the ups and downs that are simply part of life, we’ve been able to continue to come together as a group to connect with each other and make music, and feel the truly healing power that this can bring. But it’s not the same without an opportunity to share the music with others, and try to give something through that. On that note…
We hope you’ll join us as we present our fourth annual “O” Antiphons concert, featuring sacred chant and choral works to mark the conclusion of the Advent season. Composed in the sixth or seventh century, the “O” Antiphons are used in vespers and the Masses for December 17-23. The “O” Antiphons refer to the prophecy of Isaiah of the coming of the Messiah.
Other works will feature composers Thomas Tallis, John Stevens, Palestrina, Charles Stanford, Arvo Pärt, Ola Gjeilo and Icelandic composer Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson. We’ll be singing on December 23 at 7:30 pm, at First Congregational Church on 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham. We want to create and share with you something of warmth, something of peace and reflection – we’re all in need of this no matter the time of year.
This is a free event and donations will be accepted to benefit Northwest Youth Services.
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Thank you once again for your support, and for joining with us as we strive to bring to you meaningful music and meaningful connection. Our December 2016 concerts went wonderfully, thanks to you our audiences and to the wonderful people in Bellingham and on Lummi Island who arranged their performance spaces so we could bring you uplifting music, music for reflection and peace.
And now it’s a new year! We have chosen Friday, April 14th for our next concert. Read on!
Vox Antiqua will be performing the Missa Defunctorum Requiem Mass by Clemens non Papa on Friday, April 14th for the Good Friday Tenebrae service at First Congregational Church at 2401 Cornwall Avenue in Bellingham.
The word “tenebrae” comes from the Latin meaning “darkness.” The Tenebrae is an ancient Christian Good Friday service that makes use of gradually diminishing light through the extinguishing of candles to symbolize the events of that week from the triumphant Palm Sunday entry through Jesus‘ burial.
This increasing darkness symbolizes the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death and of hopelessness in the world without God. The service concludes in darkness, sometimes with a final candle, the Christ candle, carried out of the sanctuary, symbolizing the death of Jesus. The worshipers then leave in silence to ponder the impact of Christ’s death and await the coming Resurrection.
The Good Friday service will begin at 7:00 p.m.
We hope to see you at the service, and to share this beautiful music with you.
We have two Advent themed concerts in December – we mean these to create a space for you to find your place of calm and peace, or embrace the season, or simply come to hear some wonderful a cappella chant choral works. We’ve chosen to center these performances around the O Antiphons – chants which foretell the joyful coming of the Christ. The O Antiphons are the thread that runs through the concerts, and we will be interspersing some beautiful choral pieces throughout.
Our Lummi Island concert is on December 17th at 4pm, at Lummi Island Congregational, 3913 Legoe Bay Road. Our Bellingham concert will be at First Congregational Church, 2401 Cornwall Ave on December 23 at 7:30 pm. These are free concerts! If you like, we will gratefully accept donations on behalf of First Congregational’s diaper and food bank. Here are the Facebook event pages for the Lummi Island concert and the Bellingham concert.
Our hope is that we can provide you with something through these performances, whether a quiet space, an opportunity to feel joy, a needed moment of reflection – thank you for your support, we wish you all the best and we hope to meet you there.
Thank you to all who attended our recent performances!
On June 10th we sang at Ferndale Congregational to honor the lives of two Windward students whose lives were taken from us too soon. One of our members, Evan, was their teacher, and the event was emotional for all of us. Donations went to support the Humane Society where one of the students had worked. Our thanks to the families and community impacted by the tragedy for letting us share some music and try in a small way to bring some healing to all those affected.
On June 26th we took a day trip to Lummi Island, enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the local café and then sang at Lummi Congregational as part of the summer performance series there. It was such a beautiful day, and the sound in the church was amazingly resonant – it was really a privilege to sing in that space.
Now Vox Antiqua is on a short hiatus – the singers will enjoy their summers and meet again as winter draws near, for our special series of advent concerts. Stay tuned!
Thank you for visiting our new website! Vox Antiqua has been around since 2014, gaining audiences largely through word of mouth. For those of you who have seen or heard of us and would like to keep in touch, or discuss having us perform, here’s our website where we’ll let you know of all Vox goings on! You can also check out our Facebook page, which is updated with performance details and other Vox news as well. We hope you’re having a wonderful summer!