Nova Singers dance with their voices

Posted Online: Feb. 13, 2013, 11:34 am
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By Jonathan Turner,

Nova Singers will "dance" in their next program, "VoiceDance," on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg, and Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2136 N. Brady St., Davenport.

The voices move with style, whether it's imitating birds in a Monteverdi madrigal, evoking tenderness in a French love song, or grooving to jazz, according to Nova. In this unique program, the professional choir will perform classic works by Monteverdi and Poulenc with surprising rhythms.

The modern program includes Haitian rhythms, the vocal jazz of "VoiceDance" by Greg Jasperse, as well as arrangements of "MLK" and "God Only Knows." Also featured will be "Ubi Caritas," which was composed for the 2011 wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton.

Nova Singers will be joined by students from Project Sing! at each concert. Conducted by Stephen M. LaCroix, the Geneseo Madrigal Singers from Geneseo High School will perform two pieces alongside Nova.

"This is the most challenging program I've done with Nova Singers in many years," Nova artistic directorLaura Lane said. "But I love this music. Every single piece is beautiful, exciting and virtuosic, either rhythmically or harmonically."

Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors, with students admitted free of charge. For more information, call 309-341-7038, or e-mail


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