Five Fridays II: Vox Fidelis
A Vocal Ensemble
Friday November 10, 2023 at 7:30pm
on the labyrinth at
St. Paul’s Church, Chestnut Hill
Since 2011 the Five Fridays series has raised funds to benefit two local organizations that combat hunger and homelessness in NW Philadelphia. Thanks to support from generous sponsors and concert-goers, all net proceeds from the series will be shared between Face to Face Germantown and Family Promise of Philadelphia.
A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert.
Tickets online or at the door | $30 General Admission, $5 Student
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Of Love & Mourning
An intriguing program of sacred and secular a cappella choral music, highlighting composers throughout the centuries that have so beautifully and profoundly captured the likeness of love and mourning.
Featuring music by Josquin, Victoria, Tomkins, Sheppard, Holst, Stravinsky, Willan, Bairstow, and others.
Timothy Smith, director
Marisa Curcio, Diana Maye Whitener, soprano
Gloria Kierniesky, Jen Smith, alto
Sam Denler, Jonathan Hartwell, tenor
Les Anders, Erik Potteiger, bass
Vox Fidelis is a chamber choir specialising in sacred Renaissance choral music. Vox concertizes throughout the tri-state area, and is Choir-in-Residence at Christ Church, Bordentown in New Jersey, where it provides music leadership for several worship services throughout the program year, including Evensong, Lessons & Carols, and Compline & Benediction. Vox was founded in 2005 by its director, Timothy Smith.
Timothy Smith, director, is a graduate of Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, with a degree in sacred music, emphasis on choral conducting and Renaissance choral literature. Mr. Smith is an experienced lecturer, choral scholar, and conductor, and specializes in Sacred Renaissance choral literature, its performance, and its proper appointment in monastic and liturgical services. As a lecturer, Mr. Smith was Adjunct Lecturer at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, where he served as director of the Rutgers Collegium Musicum. He was also appointed Associate Professor of Music at Mercer County Community College where he served for ten years as Director of Choral Activities. Mr. Smith tours regularly in the UK, participating in several collegiate and cathedral residencies with both American and British choirs. Repeat residencies include S. John’s College, Cambridge; King’s College, Cambridge; Clare College, Cambridge; Christ Church College, Oxford; Magdalen College, Oxford; and S. Paul’s Cathedral, London. While at Clare, Mr. Smith sang with The Cambridge Singers, under the direction of Mr. John Rutter. He has also appeared and recorded with many of the world’s leading orchestras, including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, and the Berlin Philharmonic. As a conductor, Mr. Smith currently directs Vox Fidelis and Aura Polyphonica – a community-based chamber choir specializing in Sacred Renaissance choral music. Polyphonica is the Choir-in- Residence at All Saints’ Church, Princeton, NJ.
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