Sunflower Performing Arts series to host British vocal ensemble Voces8


Sunflower Performing Arts at Hesston College will host acclaimed British vocal ensemble Voces8 on February 22 at 7:30 p.m. at Hesston Mennonite Church.

Based in the United Kingdom, this world-famous vocal octet will present a program titled “Choral Dances” which explores the interweaving of dance and music through the ages. The program will adeptly entwine various styles, refusing to follow the standard chronological ordering of music within a concert.

“Voces8 is in high demand as one of the most well-respected vocal ensembles in the world,” said Dr. Holly Swartzendruber, Hesston College music professor and director of Sunflower Performing Arts. “They last performed here in 2016 and we are thrilled to have them back. The program we will hear highlights the group’s masterful ability to span time and genre, and we look forward to a wonderful evening of music with this virtuosic ensemble.”

The members of Voces8 will also conduct a Vocal Leadership Workshop at Hesston College for area high school students. Schools are invited to bring up to eight students. Following the workshop, all students will rehearse the song “Underneath the Stars” and then break into small groups to rehearse and present an informal mini-performances. Voces8 will also conduct a masterclass with Bel Canto Singers, the top choir at Hesston College, as part of the afternoon’s educational outreach.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the door or at the Hesston College bookstore, or online at Masks are required for this event.