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VAE Season 35, 2014-2015

American Classic

November 8, 7:30 pm / Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Downtown


Craig Hella Johnson kicks off VAE"&apos"s 35th season with a concert shaped by America: songs of love and remembrance, folk songs, spirituals, and a few surprises designed to delight. William Billings to Stephen Paulus. “Shenandoah" to “Jericho." Join us as Craig weaves his unique programmatic magic – passionate, intelligent, captivating.


A Candlelit Christmas

December 13, 7:30 pm / St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Avenue, Northside

December 14, 5 pm / St. Francis de Sales, Church, 1600 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

The darkness of winter, filled with meaningful songs of the season, amidst the lustrous, warm glow of candlelight. What better way to experience timeless music reflecting the profound sentiments of this wondrous time of year? VAE Assistant Conductor Stephanie Nash leads the VAE singers in what promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience, blending ancient and new, and familiar favorites with fresh twists. VAE welcomes guest artists Cincinnati Collaborative Ringing Project.


The Sealed Angel

by Rodion Shchedrin

January 31, 7:30 pm / St. Boniface Church, 1750 Chase Avenue, Northside

February 1, 4 pm / Mother of God Church, 119 W. 6th Street, Covington


VAE presents the regional premiere of "The Sealed Angel," Rodion Shchedrin’s 1988 millennial tribute to Russia’s conversion to Christianity. Ancient chants and lush, bottomless harmonies echo the grand pre-revolutionary tradition of a cappella liturgies created by Tchaikovsky, Gretchaninov and Rachmaninov, whose “Vespers” was a phenomenal success last season.


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