“Serene and soaring” – The Guardian Vox Luminis
The Broad Stage presents the Los Angeles debut of early-music ensemble Vox Luminis on Thursday, October 11 at 7:30 p.m. 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.
This season, Education & Community Programs at The Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College (SMC) Performing Arts Center has a new initiative that will bring Santa Monica College faculty – all artists and experts in their fields — to host Spotlight Talks – the pre-and post-show onstage conversations.
The pre-performance Spotlight Talk for Vox Luminis will be given by Dr. Jeremiah Selvey, who conducts the SMC Concert Chorale and the SMC Chamber Choir. Selvey has performed solo oratorio and opera roles as baritone and countertenor. His roles have included solos from several Renaissance masses, Bach cantatas and motets, Bach’s Magnificat (both bass and alto solos), Handel’s Messiah (both bass and alto solos), several Schubert masses, Brahms’s Ein deutsches Requiem, Faure’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Messiaen’s Cinq Rechants.
Dr. Selvey also co-directs and sings professionally with Chorosynthesis Singers, a 12-voice, professional, project-based chamber ensemble in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Selvey was nationally recognized for his conducting and named The Winner of The American Prize in Conducting 2017, Professional Choir Division. He conducts music from all musical periods and specializes in modern choral music, especially championing the music of established and emerging living composers. Dr. Selvey is active in curating and performing music that is socially conscious with content that is relevant to today’s environment and socio-cultural climate.
Selvey is a beloved vocal coach and private instructor for more than 15 years, including voice positions at Blackburn College, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Thames Valley Music School, and Santa Monica College.
Tickets are on sale at www.thebroadstage.org or by calling (310) 434-3200.
The Broad Stage
Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Vox Luminis pre-performance Spotlight Talk by Dr. Jeremiah Selvey, conductor Santa Monica College Concert Chorale and SMC Chamber Choir
Submitted by Laura Shane