The Jean C. Wilson Music Series is held early each year, usually from January through April. A wide range of professional ensembles and soloists have been presented over the years, including choral groups, early music groups, string, woodwind, and brass ensembles, and solo pianists, organists, singers, and instrumentalists.
Concerts are at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary. Suggested donation at the door: $20, seniors $10, students and children free.
January 7, 2018 - Vox Lucens will perform “Ave Maria: Music from the Golden Age of Franco-Flemish Polyphony” on Sunday, January 7, at 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society Unitarian Universalist Church. This is the first of four concerts in the 2018 Jean C. Wilson Music Series.
Composers through the centuries have written some of their most beautiful sacred music in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Join Vox Lucens for masterpieces by Joaquin and other Franco-Flemish masters from Ockegham’s austere “Ave Redemptoris Mater” to Joaquin’s soaring “Gaude Virgo” to Gombert's grand 12-part “Regina Caeli.”
Vox Lucens is a 13-member vocal ensemble that came together in 1998 to explore the Renaissance sacred and secular a capella repertoire. Under the direction of Jay Lane, the former First Religious Society Music Director, they work cooperatively to develop programs combining popular favorites with lesser-known works, often in their own editions.
They approach the repertoire and rehearsals with a sense of fun and in performance enjoy bringing out the dramatic aspects in the music, particularly in the secular repertoire.
The choice of the name Vox Lucens, Latin for “a shining voice,” echoes not only the ensemble sound they bring to audiences but also their hope to shed light on the wide variety of styles and textures of the Renaissance repertoire.