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Powerful voices

"Take a moment to still your soul and luxuriate in the sounds of the masters from the Renaissance and 20th century. Let all stress fall away, and enter into an evening of tranquility and beauty. Come and be reminded of the restorative power of music."

So writes the Vocalis Chamber Choir, memorably, inviting the public to its concert this weekend.

The program is ambitious and far-reaching, as fans of this glorious and unusual singing group have come to expect. The first half of the evening features motets from Renaissance masters William Blithemann, Orlando de Lassus, Thomas Lupo and Robert Ramsey, as well as the Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd. After intermission, the choir sings 20th century folk songs and choral settings by composers Herbert Howells, Jon Nordal, Stephen Paulus, Frank Ticheli and Randall Thompson.

Two performances are scheduled. The first takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in St. Gregory the Great Church in Williamsville. The concert repeats at 4 p.m. Sunday in Blessed Sacrament Church, 1035 Delaware Ave.

Tickets are available at the door and are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Subscriptions to the choir's full season -- four concerts -- are also available for $40. For information, or to sample Vocalis' artistry, visit the group's Web site,

-- Mary Kunz Goldman

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