PORTLAND – Renaissance Voices, a 21-voice a capella ensemble directed by Harold Stover, will give the premiere performance of a work by local composer Faith York at its spring concert Saturday, May 3, at Immanuel Baptist Church.

The program, “Songs of Nature,” which takes its name from a collection of five songs by Czech composer Antonin Dvorák, will also feature works on the theme of nature by Orlando di Lasso, Thomas Morley, Clement Jannequin and others.

The new piece, “Snow,” a setting of an Emily Dickinson poem, will be presented along with two other works by York, an eighth generation Mainer and currently a resident of Peaks Island. Besides her work as a composer, York is a professional pianist and vocalist. She has been music director at Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church for the past 13 years and also directs the Peaks Island Chorale.

Renaissance Voices has performed throughout Maine since 1994 and has sung live on Maine Public Radio. An internationally known organist and distinguished composer, Stover has conducted the group since 2000.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door. Discount tickets, $12, are available in advance at www.renaissancevoices.org, Starbird Music in Portland and Books, Etc. in both Portland and Falmouth. Admission is free with a valid student ID. For more information, call 766-0059.


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