This preview has been provided by Voices of a New Renaissance.

Voices of a New Renaissance, the professional chamber choir hailed last year as a welcome addition “to the generous mix of musical offerings in this area,” launches their first full season in 2013-2014. The group’s opening concert, Sacred and Profane, celebrates the wealth of music for voices, from favorites of the Renaissance church to Italian madrigals and charming English lute songs. Sacred and Profane will be presented September 13 in Chapel Hill and September 14 in Raleigh.

Voices of a New Renaissance was founded by Dr. Nathan Leaf in 2012 with the goal of bringing choral music of the highest quality to Triangle audiences. The group is composed of the area’s finest choral musicians and instrumental collaborators. At their acclaimed debut concert on Durham’s St. Stephen’s Concert Series last December, CVNC wrote “When you see an announcement of their next appearance, make it a point to go hear them.”          

The group explores the full spectrum of choral music, from Gregorian chant to newly composed works, with an emphasis on music of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. The group’s name celebrates the “new renaissance” of innovation and culture in the Triangle region. Voices of a New Renaissance add their talents to that thriving scene by presenting engaging and inspiring performances, and experimenting with new concert formats and locations to bring new audiences to classical choral music.

The ensemble’s first concert, Sacred and Profane: Choral treasures of the divine and worldly, will be presented September 13 in Chapel Hill and September 14 in Raleigh. The program includes choral masterworks exploring the duality of the sacred and the secular. Highlights include classics such as Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus and Weelkes’s Hosanna to the Son of David, and selections from Benjamin Britten’s stunning Sacred and Profane. Lutenist Dan Smith joins for charming Elizabethan lute songs, showcasing the solo talents of our singers. The concert is 75 minutes long with no intermission, and the format is designed appeal to everyone from choral music aficionados to newcomers to the classical music world.  “I am extremely excited about presenting this concert to Triangle audiences,” says Artistic Director, Nathan Leaf.  “We have great musicians and a breadth of repertoire that is very enticing.”

Admission is $20; $15 for seniors and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or in advance by calling 919-964-0090 or sending an email to Complete event details are on the group’s website,


What: Sacred and Profane: Choral treasures of the divine and worldly

When and Where:

     Friday, September 13, 8:00 p.m.
     Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
     300 E. Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill

     Saturday, September 14, 7:00 p.m.
     Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 
     2723 Clark Avenue (at Brooks Avenue), Raleigh

Admission: Regular Admission: $20 | Seniors: $15 | Students: $5

More information: 919-964-0090,, or



Thomas Morley – Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of our Hearts

Thomas Morley – I Heard a Voice from Heav’n
Thomas Weelkes – Hosanna to the Son of David

Claudio Monteverdi – Adoramus Te
Claudio Monteverdi – Cantate Domino

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Sicut Cervus
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Sitivit Anima Mea

Benjamin Britten – From Sacred and Profane:
       St. Godric’s Hymn
       I mon waxe wod
       Ye That Passen By

Thomas Morley – Sweet Nymph Come, to thy Lover

John Dowland – It Was a Lover and His Lass
John Dowland – Lady if You so Spite Me
John Dowland – Humour, Say what Mak’st Thou Here

Claudio Monteverdi – Luci serene e chiare
Claudio Monteverdi – Si, Ch’io vorrei morire

John Dowland – What if I Never Speed
John Dowland – Flow My Tears

Thomas Campion – Fair, If you Expect Admiring

Robert Jones – Lie Down, Poor Heart

John Dowland – Fine Knacks for Ladies



Voices of a New Renaissance is a fully professional chamber choir in the Triangle, offering “thoughtfully varied” programs of choral music from Gregorian chant to newly-composed works. Composed of the area’s finest choral musicians and directed by Dr. Nathan Leaf, the group engages and inspires audiences through the power of exceptional choral music, approachable concert formats, and exciting vocal artistry.

Voices of a New Renaissance | 2016 Metacomet Way | Raleigh, NC 27604

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