On several occasions in the past, I have written about the nonprofit charitable organization Lacuna Arts and the platform it has provided conductor Sven Edward Olbash for the exploration of vocal music across the full scope of music history. My past dispatches have concerned Euouae, an early music ensemble with particular interest in performing from some of the earliest forms of music notation. However, Olbash also directs the Lacuna Arts Ensemble, whose repertoire is much broader in scope; and this group will be presenting a holiday concert entitled A Winter Voyage.
The overall theme of the program is French. A cappella choral works by Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, and Francis Poulenc will be performed, along with John Corigliano’s English language setting of Charles Baudelaire’s poem “L’invitation au voyage” (invitation to the voyage) from his collection Fleurs du mal (flowers of evil). The singers will then join a Baroque instrumental ensemble (including Olbash on organ) for a performance of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noël (the midnight Christmas mass) for five vocal soloists and choir.
Lacuna Arts will present this concert on Sunday, December 15, beginning at 3 p.m. The venue will be St. Luke’s Episcopal Church at 1755 Clay Street, located on the southeast corner of Van Ness Avenue. Tickets are $35 for center front, $30 for center rear, and $25 for the side, with a special rate of $20 for students with ID. In addition the event page on the Lacuna Arts Web site provides a discount code good for a $5 savings on tickets ordered by December 13.