An authentic and masterful performance of literature from the Baroque period with concerts in the Phelan Chapel at Jesuit High School, St. Pauls Episcopal Church, and our home location of Beatnik Studios in Sacramento.
Vox Musica opens its eleventh season on December 17th, 18th and 20th with VOICES OF PEACE: A Vox Christmas, an authentic and masterful performance of literature from the Baroque period. At the heart of the program are two Italian masterpieces: Antonio Vivaldi’s Magnificat, and the premiere of a rare unpublished edition of Nicola Antonio Porpora’s In Te Domine, both accompanied by a period string ensemble and organ continuo. Not content with the sublime, we will also perform the heavenly and heart-rending In Nativitate Domini by Marc-Antoine Charpentier with cello and organ accompaniment. To top it off, our performance spaces will include a Tuesday evening performance at our current home of Beatnik Studios (Dec 20), a weekend performance at our first home, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (Dec 18), and we have the honor of performing in the recently completed Phelan Chapel at Jesuit High School (Dec 17). The Phelan Chapel has been designed with a muscular yet simple geometry – built with enduring materials and soaring ceilings that provide stunning acoustics. This three-concert project will provide our patrons with a unique musical experience and one that makes a significant contribution to the preservation of this amazing choral literature.
Location: Jesuit High School – Phelan Chapel (1200 Jacob Lane, Carmichael, CA 95608)
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (1430 J Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814)
Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811)
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Suscepit Israel, from Vivaldi’s Magnificat
In Te Domine by Nicola Porpora (1742)
Donna Helmich-Agnello, began her musical career in the piano studio of Helen Frisch Cunat and at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. She has studied piano and flute as a youth, and began to study voice as a second profession with Waldtraut Schulte-Grewe, Jackie Victorino, Tasso Vrenios, Evaldo dal Poggetto, Grace St. Pierre, and Anne Christopherson. Ms. Helmich began her career with the Sacramento Symphony in an opera gala performance of Die Fledermaus and has since sung the soprano solos in Bruckner’s Psalm 150, Mozart’s motet Exsultate Jubilate, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, Bach’s Magnificat and B Minor Mass, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise and Handel’s Messiah, to name a few. She has been a frequent soloist with the Sacramento Symphony Chorus, the Sacramento Master Singers, Camerata California, Chanteuses (in their European tour), and Vox Musica. Of note is her participation in the performance of Bruckner’s Psalm 150, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate and Bach’s Cantata No. 150 at the International Festival of Church Music in Bern, Switzerland under the baton of Sir David Willcocks. Her opera credits include Mozart’s Susanna, in the Marriage of Figaro, the understudy in Juilio Cesare, La Traviata , and La Boheme in Sorrento and Vietre-sul-Mare, Italy. She will be performing the future roles of Leticia in Menotti’s The Old maid and the Thief, and The Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro. She recently received her Master’s Degree in vocal performance, and pursued further studies in Rome with Barbara Hocher and Silvia Silveri. She has sung with the Grand Forks Symphony, Sacramento Symphony, Camerata Roma, and the Chamber Music Society of Florence.
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