Music by Felix Mendelssohn, Orlando Gibbons, Sergei Rachmaninoff and more.
Featuring musicians from Kaufman Music Center.
Warmth, radiance, guidance and comfort: From the pale glow of moon or starlight to the blaze of summer sun, light has always been a symbol for our most basic human needs, both physical and spiritual. In compiling the music for Lux Aeterna, we found ourselves returning time and again to this idea of the desire for comfort being expressed through music. Composers of the Renaissance era would of course draw on sacred texts, where light is often closely linked to hope, security and salvation, and our more contemporary offerings follow in that tradition. Even those pieces which do not explicitly reference light still hint at the solace which it provides. There is for us something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices in harmony, and if this programme shows one thing, it is that composers across the ages have felt the same way. VOCES8 is a 2022-23 Kaufman Music Center Artist-in-Residence.