330 N HUBBARDS LANE, LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY 40207
ABOUT VOCES NOVAE
Louisville’s own Voces Novae is a unique, semi-professional choral ensemble conducted by our new Artistic Director, Angela Vaughn Hampton. Now in its 29th season, the ensemble was founded in 1993 by Frank A. Heller, III, and is composed of selectively auditioned singers from the Louisville and Southern Indiana metropolitan area. The Latin phrase voces novae (“new voices”) reflects its mission and vision:
A community uplifting the human spirit by performing the finest in choral literature. We are dedicated to awakening the highest musical artistry, providing a camaraderie that nurtures our members’ musical and personal development, and delivering a gift to our audience that evokes the spirit with which we embrace our music.
Last year, members of Voces Novae performed with the Eagles as part of the “Hotel California Tour.” Before the pandemic hit (2019) VN collaborated with the UofL Collegiate Choral, The Louisville Chamber Choir, Ballard High School, Eastern High School, Male High School, Youth Performing Arts School, and Christ Church United Methodist Church to perform Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Louisville Orchestra (LO). In the more distant past the vocal ensemble performed Carmina Burana with the Louisville Orchestra under the direction of Teddy Abrams and Jorge Mester conducting the LO in an earlier version of Beethoven’s Ninth.
Voces Novae's repertoire includes a particular focus on a capella and contemporary American music; however, the ensemble consistently performs an eclectic array of works ranging from early chant to European classical to living modern composers.
As Marty Rosen wrote in The Courier-Journal, "Though Frank Heller III and company are masterful interpreters of established repertoire, hardly a concert goes by that they don't also find at least one brilliant contemporary work that seems to transcend the limits of choral performance.” Mr. Rosen praised Voces Novae as “one of Louisville’s most treasured musical institutions” (The Courier-Journal) and later wrote, “Of all of Louisville’s musical ensembles—including the orchestra and the opera—none more consistently creates heart-wrenching, jaw-dropping, emotional moments than Voces Novae.” (LEO)
“Heller knows how to coax a sound from his colleagues that is blended elegantly from top to bottom without ever sounding homogenized. … I wanted more, more and more.” (Andrew Adler, The Courier-Journal)
We are excited to begin a new era under the direction of Angela Vaughn Hampton, and hope that you will join us on this journey.
VOCES NOVAE BOOKING INFORMATION
CONTACT: NANCY HARRIS, HARRIS ENTERTAINMENT
2924 GLENAFTON LN. LOUISVILLE, KY 40217
PHONE: (502) 267-0148
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