The singing group Vocalis, fresh from its triumphant tour of England, is beginning its 13th season with two concerts this weekend called “Romantic Aspirations.” The program will embrace music from a variety of Romantic traditions. Brahms’ “Liebeslieder Waltzes” and an Evening Song by Josef Rheinberger show the richness of German Romanticism, as does music by Bruckner and Mendelssohn. Evening is a theme that dominates. The choir also is singing Saint-Saens’ “Calme des Nuits” and a song by Sir Arthur Sullivan, of Gilbert and Sullivan fame, called “The Long Day Closes.”
Jamie Burritt, Vocalis’ director, described the concert as all about expression.
“These composers are expressing not only romantic love, but our deepest spiritual feelings, and our deepest fears,” he explained, announcing the program. “There is real beauty in the music’s honesty. Emotion is not meant to be hidden, but rather celebrated.”
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Friday in Amherst Community Church (77 Washington Highway, Snyder). It repeats at 4 p.m. Sunday in St. Paul’s Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.
Admission is $15, or $10 for students. For info, visit www.vocalischamberchoir.org.