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Eight young singers wearing suits and dresses stand in a white room.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Former Westminster Abbey choristers formed VOCES8, “a perfect blend of calm contentment and soaring spirit” (London’s The Independent), in 2003. The British octet performs works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements. “The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance,” writes a Gramophone reviewer. “They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.” Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Asia, VOCES8 has performed at prominent venues such as London’s Wigmore Hall, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, and Shanghai Concert Hall. The ensemble has also appeared with the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras. Eventide, the group’s 2014 release on Decca Classics, was number one on the United Kingdom classical charts for two weeks. Previous releases on Signum Classics include A Choral Tapestry, Bach Motets, Aces High, Christmas, and A Purcell Collection. In 2013, VOCES8 was nominated for seven Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, winning for best classical album and best classical song. “‘Radiant’ and ‘luminous’ are adjectives that are perhaps overused in describing choral sound,” a critic for All Music observes, “but in this case they are fully deserved.”

Artist website: VOCES8

1Project Events

Music 261 Class Visit

11:15 a.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016
110 Music Building I

The public is invited to observe as members of VOCES8 speak to students in a Penn State music survey course (antiquity to 1750) about the skills needed in their process for selecting the works on their programs, the relationship between voice and instrumentation, and maintaining an international presence. The session lasts 50 minutes

Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Not open to the public

Members of VOCES8 participate in a lunchtime conversation with Paterno Fellows. A Classical Music Ambassador Student Leader facilitates the conversation.

Penn State School of Music Vocal Coaching Session

4:40 p.m. Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Music Building I’s Esber Recital Hall

The public is welcome to observe as members of VOCES8 work with School of Music choirs. Students perform their repertoire for feedback from VOCES8 singers. VOCES8 members also demonstrate examples of technique by performing excerpts of their works. The 80-minute session includes discussion of broader topics in vocal performance.

State High Vocal Coaching Session

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Not open to the public

Members of VOCES8 work with students in the State College Area High School vocal program. Students perform their repertoire for feedback from VOCES8 singers. VOCES8 members also demonstrate examples of technique by performing excerpts of their works. The session includes discussion of broader topics in vocal performance.

Entrepreneurial Mindset Class Visit

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Not open to the public

Members of VOCES8 speak to students in a Penn State Management 215 class about their experiences in building an international profile; adapting to new environments and protocols for their work; and choosing projects.

Light Divine: The Uplifting and Radiant Sounds of Voices in Harmony

7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 11, 2016
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

Light Divine: The Uplifting and Radiant Sounds of Voices in Harmony features works by Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas Tallis, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Giovanni Gabrieli, Claudio Monteverdi, Robert Louis Pearsall, and others. The concert also includes jazz and pop selections announced from the stage.

Tickets

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $19  |  18 and Younger $32

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center. Board the shuttle in the area between the parking deck and the Eisenhower Auditorium rear loading dock. The first shuttle leaves Eisenhower at 6:05 p.m., followed by others every twenty minutes until 7:05 p.m. After the concert, the shuttle makes as many trips as necessary to return riders to Eisenhower.

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Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints is not offered before the concert.

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