John Woodland
VOX Cape Town – ethereal sounds

Have you ever experienced choral music in complete darkness? Well, whether your eyes are closed, open, or covered with a blindfold, you can immerse yourself in the ethereal sounds of VOX Cape Town on Wednesday 18 October, 2017. John Woodland will direct this VOX Cape Town showcase, In the Dark: Pärt/Palestrina.

This will be their last major performance of the year as they team up with Biblioteek Productions at the Youngblood Art Gallery for a presentation In the Dark – which features music by Estonian minimalist Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) and Italian polyphonist Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594).

In the Dark: Pärt/Palestrina & A Stellar Concert
In the Dark: Pärt/Palestrina

Hypnotic four-part prayer for peace

Music by Arvo Pärt will include his hypnotic four-part prayer for peace Da Pacem Domine (Give Peace, Lord) and an intricate setting of the Nicene Creed, Summa. Turning back the musical clock 400 years, compositions by Palestrina will range from the effervescent Exsultate Deo (Sing Joyfully Unto Go”) to the reflective Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come, Creator Spirit).

The latter piece, based on plainchant from the ninth century, will reverberate magnificently in the spacious acoustic of the Youngblood Gallery.

All in all this sounds like a focused, tranquil creative musical space – so go and experience beautiful classical music in total darkness.

What: In the Dark: Pärt/Palestrina
Who: Vox Cape Town
Where: Youngblood Art Gallery, Bree Street, Cape Town
When: Wednesday, 18 October 2017
Tickets: R150, R100 students/seniors
Book tickets: 021 424 0074
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