Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Happy New Year!

First Night Pittsburgh

    Those in town for New Year's Eve might want to check out the website of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to find all sorts of information on what's happening Downtown  There's plenty to see and do before ringing in 2016 with a massive fireworks display. For all you need to know, go to http://firstnightpgh.trustarts.org/ .

    To close out New Year's weekend on the right foot, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall’s first performance of 2016, and the first concert of Listen Locally: The 115th Anniversary Season is  bringing back an audience favorite

    Voces Solis will perform a free end-of- the-holidays concert at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall (ACFL&MH) IN CARNEGIE on Sunday, January 3 at 3:00 p.m.  Magnficat: Contemporary Lesson and Carols features songs by the Baroque composer Henry Purcell, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, as well as several other composers, and is the ensemble’s third performance in the Music Hall.

Voces Solis

    Voces Solis is an offshoot of The Summer Singers. The group is made up of professional musicians, music educators and singers who performed with elite choirs in college, but haven’t had enough opportunity for choral singing since graduating. The ensemble’s goal is “to elevate our own standards of musicianship while rekindling our love for music making, enabling us to pass this fire on to our students and fellow musicians.” 

    The concert is the Carnegie Carnegie’s – and Voces Solis’ – gift to the community.  The concert wraps up the holidays with a performance that brings people together for the shared experience of beautiful music.  The concert will be followed by a dessert reception with the singers and the ACFL&MH’s Lincoln Gallery.  The Espy Post will be open during the reception, and Executive Director Maggie Forbes promises a look at the beautifully restored Library. 

“The sound of this largely a cappella choir in our Music Hall is simply gorgeous,” says Forbes.  Voces Solis brings together musicians in the art and fellowship of choral music, “but we, the audience, are the extraordinary beneficiaries.”

Voces Solis’ free Yuletide Concert is a great opportunity to introduce children to live choral music and to the Music Hall.  The intermission-less concert will last about an hour.

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