By Mary Kunz Goldman
The vocal group Vocalis has two concerts coming up this weekend that features music of England and America -- music the singers plan on singing this summer when they tour England.
The music includes the work of such Renaissance masters as William Byrd, Orlando de Lassus and Tomas Luis de Victoria. There will also be some newer music represented. Among the American composers on the program are two with Buffalo connections, Michael Slon and Caroline Mallonee.
Slon is a Buffalo expat who is currently head of the choral program at the University of Virginia.
Mallonee sings in Vocalis and is a successful composer nationally. Vocalis tells us that she recently completed compositions for the Garrison Keillor show and also for the Buffalo Chamber Players and Camerata di Sant' Antonio.
Here is a dramatic live performance of Michael Slon's stunning arrangement of "The Star-Spangled Banner." It is being sung at a basketball game between University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. (That "WHOSE" is hilarious, though probably not in Slon's plan.)
Here is a vocal piece by Mallonee called "Where the Heart Can Sit."
This summer, as part of their English tour, the singers of Vocalis have been invited to perform as part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. It is an honor and they promise to keep us posted.
Meanwhile, you may listen to some of Vocalis' singing, including a wealth of Renaissance masterpieces and some very pretty music by Slon and Mallonee, on the Vocalis website. And catch the group's upcoming concert. There are two performances this weekend:
-- 8 p.m. Friday at St. Louis Church, 780 Main St.
-- 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.
For these two concerts, admission is a $12 donation, with students $10 and children 12 and under free.
There will also be a third concert at 7:30 p.m. Wed., April 7, at the Ciminelli Recital Hall, Rockwell Hall. Buffalo State College. Tickets to this third concert are $10 general admission.