PORTLAND — The beautiful and resonant Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., will once again be the setting for both afternoon and evening performances of this year’s “Christmas with Renaissance Voices.”

The 20-voice a cappella ensemble, under the direction of Harold Stover, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

This year’s holiday concert features music from Renaissance Voices’ namesake period by Felice Anerio, Heinrich Isaac, Cipriano de Rore and Silviano Marazzi. The group’s commitment to new music and works by women will be represented by “Tota Pulchra Es” by Angelina Figus of Italy and “Now May We Singen” by English composer Cecilia McDowall. Alessandro Scarlatti’s “Laetatus Sum,” the stirring motet “O Heiland,” “Reiss die Himmel Auf” by Johannes Brahms, a few carols and seasonal readings by the singers round out the program.

The ensemble has been performing since 1994 and has sung live on Maine Public Radio. Stover, internationally known organist and distinguished composer, has led the group since 2001.

Admission costs $15 at the door. Tickets are available for $12 through 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18. Tickets can be purchased at Starbird Music and Longfellow Books in Portland, The Book Review in Falmouth, or online at www.renaissancevoices.net.

Admission for students costs $5 at the door with a valid student ID. The audience is invited to a reception after the concerts.

For further information, call 207-729-4958 or 207-782-3524.


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