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Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble Announces 2022-23 Season

Opening the season on November 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral is a performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered.

Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble Announces 2022-23 Season

Cincinnati's Vocal Arts Ensemble (VAE) led by Music Director Craig Hella Johnson announced its 2022-2023 season, the first complete season since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, with music inspired by the resilience of the human spirit, wildlife, and the changing natural state of the world.

Opening the season on November 12, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral is a performance of Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered, a program rescheduled from January 2022 due to the pandemic. Originally commissioned by Trinity Wall Street in 2020 as part of its "Mass Re-Imaginings" Project, Snider's Mass for the Endangered is a modern-day requiem for the natural world, weaving together text from the traditional Latin Mass and original poetry by Nathaniel Bellows. The six-movement piece gives voice to the voiceless in a spiritual prayer for the endangered animals of the planet, making an emotional appeal for compassion and protection from all that threatens Earth's delicate ecosystems.

The second program on January 21, 2023 at Christ Church Cathedral continues the theme of spirituality with Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles. Written in 2005 with libretto by Robert Dickinson, Path of Miracles was inspired by one of the most grueling pilgrimages along the Camino de Santiago, a large network of ancient pilgrim routes leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in Spain. Divided into four sections, the music in each section depicts one of the church towns on the route to Santiago de Compostela and incorporates musical representations of the journey through the use of repeated phrases, or ostinatos, and an eclectic array of musical styles from around the world. The piece is sung a cappella in 17-part harmony and in more than seven languages, including Greek, Latin, Spanish, Basque, French, English, and German.

The third program on April 29, 2023 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts' Jarson-Kaplan Theater completes Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble's 2022-23 season with Paul Moravec's Sanctuary Road. The oratorio, with libretto by Mark Campbell, is the second in the series of Moravec's large-scale works on American history and tells the story of William Still, an American hero who facilitated the escape of hundreds of enslaved people by way of the Underground Railroad. Sanctuary Road draws inspiration from Still's landmark 1872 book, The Underground Railroad Records, an archive of primary documents that trace the narrative arc of one of the most successful campaigns of civil disobedience in American history. Vocal Arts Ensemble will perform the world premiere of a new chamber orchestration of Sanctuary Road, orchestrated by Moravec himself.

"The music that makes up our season is densely loaded with meaningful and timely themes," said VAE Music Director Craig Hella Johnson. "Sarah Kirkland Snider's Mass for the Endangered is a beautiful prayer for the endangered wildlife and imperiled environments as a result of climate change. Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles is an epic pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago and incorporates musical styles from around the world. And Paul Moravec's Sanctuary Road draws upon the heroic stories from William Still's memoir, The Underground Railroad Records. These stories as told through the power of music join our hearts together-performers and audience alike. I can't wait to share our 2022-23 season with everyone."

Tickets for Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble's 2022-2023 season are now available online at vaecinci.com or by calling 513.381.3300. For more information, visit vaecinci.com.


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