Classical choir comes to campus: Vocal group Vox Luminis to perform

The Vox Luminis choir is bringing the light of culture to the cold darkness of winter at its concert tonight.

Founded in Namur, Belgium in 2004 by Lionel Meunier, this ensemble, which specializes in 16th to 18th century choral music, quickly rose to prominence on the scene, performing across Europe at festivals and concert halls. Praised by critics for its unique voices and tonal clarity, Vox Luminis has won several prestigious awards for their records, including the Gramophone’s Recording of the Year and the International Classical Music Award.

According to the group’s official website, the majority of the members of Vox Luminis met at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, a prestigious Dutch center of musical education.

This choral group has also performed internationally in music festivals in France, The Netherlands and Portugal. Their audience members often leave acknowledging the group’s enthusiasm for sharing their passion for Baroque music.

The group has released several albums consisting of baroque and classical music. Their CD “Schütz Musicalische Exequien”, released in 2011, won several prestigious awards, including the Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award

Critic Michael Church describes the young singers as having “clean, powerful and unspoiled voices” and Michel Roubinet called their voices “warm and resonant, and they sing this 300-year-old music with the freshness and ardor of true believers.”

Tonight’s performance will include Domenico Scarlatti’s “Te Deum and Stabat Mater,” which inspired the creation of Vox Luminis, and other works by composers including Johann Michael Bach and Johann Sebastian Bach. The acclaimed vocal group will be performing at 8 p.m. in the Williams Arts Center.