BRUNSWICK — Vox Nova Chamber Choir, a Midcoast-based ensemble dedicated to the creative exploration of modern and contemporary vocal music, will present their spring concert of contemporary choral music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 14, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 15, in the new Unitarian Universalist Church at 15 Pleasant Street.

“The Sounding Sea: O Beautiful Forever!” concert invites the listener to contemplate the infinite ocean and the experience of an earthly world through the lens of such wonders as the Northern Lights, a stormy sea or the expanse of wide waters.

The concert opens with a set entitled, “The Blue Estuaries,” by David Ashley White, a smart and elegant setting of exquisite texts wherein the audience will hear the words, “O beautiful forever” open the program in a glorious opening cadence. Veljo Tormis’ “Virmalised” (Northern Lights) and “Incantation for a Stormy Sea” access the brilliant depths of sound and effect that can be achieved by the men’s and women’s forces.

“Drop in the Ocean” by Erik Esenvalds and “Past Life Melodies” by Australian composer Sarah Hopkins provide gravitas while Erik Whitacre’s “Water Night” serenely captures the true depth of still waters. The concert concludes with the King Singers’ soulful and stately “Horizons,” a lush arrangement of “Oh Shenandoah” and an elegant setting of “The Water is Wide” featuring harpist Virginia “Suki” Flanagan.

Tickets are $20 in advance at Now You’re Cooking in Bath; Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick; and Longfellow Books in Portland and $25 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at www.voxnovachamberchoir.com. Bring your printed receipt for proof of purchase.


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