Early Music Ensemble VOX LUMINIS At The Broad Stage. Today

Early Music Ensemble VOX LUMINIS At The Broad Stage. TodayThe Broad Stage presents early-music ensemble Vox Luminis on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30pm. Praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and clarity of sound, Vox Luminis will perform works by Luther, Schütz, Purcell and Bach, exploring the rich history of musical memorials that both mourn death and celebrate life.

Vox Luminis is a Belgian early music ensemble created in 2004 by its artistic director Lionel Meunier. Today, the ensemble performs over 60 concerts a year, appearing on stages in Belgium, across Europe and around the world.

The size and composition of the group depends on the repertoire being performed but the core of soloists, mostly from the Royal Conservatory of the Hague, is joined by a continuo and additional (orchestral) instrument performers. Its repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans from the 16th to the 18th century.

Since its inception, the ensemble is defined by its unity and seduces as much through the personality of each timbre as it does through the color and the uniformity of the voices. It is more than a fixed repertoire, the ensemble members wholeheartedly communicate their passion for early music and love for the audience.

The Broad Stage program includes Musikalische Exequien, for which Vox Luminis won Gramophone's 2012 Recording of the Year Award. Bachtrack calls their performances, "Glorious...fit for a King." Early Music Today says, "No questioning the evidence here of the outstanding quality of Vox Luminis-nor of the talents of individual singers from the ensemble who tackle the plentiful solo passages which both works throw up.... the sound is immaculate, capturing the sense of space the venues offer but with detail never obscured."

PROGRAM
Luther: Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin
Schütz: Musikalische Exequien, "Funeral Mass", Op. 7
Purcell: Funeral Sentences for the Queen Mary
J.S. Bach: Jesu meine Freude

Sopranos: Zsuzsi To?th, Stefanie True, Caroline Weynants, Victoria Cassano
Altos: Alexander Chance, Jan Kullmann
Tenors: Robert Buckland, Philippe Froeliger, Olivier Berten, David Lee
Basses: Sebastian Myrus, Lionel Meunier (artistic director)
Organ: Anthony Romaniuk
Viola da Gamba: Ricardo Rodriguez Miranda

Tickets are on sale at www.thebroadstage.org or by calling 310-434-3200.

About Vox Luminis
Vox Luminis boasts 12 albums on the labels Alpha Classics, Ricercar, Ramée, and Musique en Wallonie. These recordings have enjoyed international critical acclaim, and have won numerous prizes including the prestigious Gramophone Recording of the Year in 2012 for the Musicalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz.
Vox Luminis has performed extensively at festivals in Belgium, Europe and overseas, and has performed in prestigious venues such as Wigmore Hall in London, the Oratoire du Louvre in Paris, the Auditoria Nacional de Música in Madrid, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Tivoli Vredenburg in Utrecht. Residencies for the ensemble have been held at the Abbey of Sainte-Marie-des-Dames, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, the Concertgebouw in Brugge, the prestigious Festival of Early Music in Utrecht, and the "Musique et Mémoire Festival." In 2017, the Aldeburgh Festival in England, founded by Benjamin Britten, hosted the ensemble for the first time.

Recent international highlights include performances at the Berlin and Cologne Philharmonics, Arnstadt's Bachkirche, the Thüringer Bachwochen and the Bachfest Leipzig. 2017 marked the group's debut in the grand Salle Henry Leboeuf in Brussels, to inaugurate the beginning of a five-year residency. In the coming years, Vox Luminis will also be "huisartiest" at the Concertgebouw in Brugge.

Most recently, the ensemble released recordings of Handel's Dixit Dominus and J.S. Bach's Magnificat. In addition to working with its own orchestra, Vox Luminis also frequently collaborates with other internationally renowned ensembles and orchestras. In 2017, such collaborations have included projects with the Franco-Canadian Ensemble Masques and with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

One project, one objective, one path: introduce today's audiences to early vocal music, passionately conveying its quintessence and touching the light through the voice. Vox Luminis.

Vox Luminis receives support from Federation Wallonia-Brussels, the city of Namur and Namur Confluent Culture and is recognized by the Art and Life Tours.

About Lionel Meunier (Founder & Artistic Director)
Lionel Meunier is a singer and the founder/artistic director of the early music vocal ensemble Vox Luminis. Being passionate about music from a very young age, he started his musical education in the city of Clamecy (France) with the trumpet, recorder and solfège. Lionel then continued his studies at Institut Supérieur de Musique et de Pédagogie (the Superior Institute of Music and Pedagogy - IMEP) in Namur where he earned his degree in recorder with great distinction. He took classes from Tatiana Babut du Marès and Hugo Reyne, and masterclasses with Jean Tubéry.

Meunier then focused his attention on vocal studies with Rita Dams and Peter Kooij at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague (NL). At the same time, he started a career as a concert musician. He was soon in demand as a soloist, and he joined prestigious ensembles like Collegium Vocale Ghent (P. Herreweghe), World Youth Choir, Arsys Bourgogne (P. Cao), Amsterdam Baroque Choir (T. Koopmann), the Chamber Choir of Namur, the Favoriti de la Fenice (J. Tubéry), the Soloists of the Chamber Choir of Namur, Cappella Pratensis (S. Bull) and the soloists of the Dutch Bach Vereniging (J. Van Veldhoven).

Over the past two years, Lionel Meunier has been increasingly in demand from many ensembles throughout Europe as coach, conductor and artistic leader. His passionate yet thoughtful approach to the early music and a capella repertoire, combined with the understanding of and respect for the singers, has allowed him to achieve progressively ever-higher standards. Moreover, he is jury member for many international festivals and competitions.

In 2013, Lionel Meunier was given the title of Namur Person of the Year for Culture.

Just as mindful about education, Lionel and Vox Luminis regularly offer masterclasses, coaching sessions and conferences on the repertoire from the end of the Renaissance period and from the Baroque period.

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