Saturday, February 27, 2016
7:30 PM
Central Lutheran Church
18th & Potter, Eugene, OR


Tickets are available at the door.

Suggested donation: $15, $10 for students.

In the 14th century, after many years of writing individual mass movements, composers began setting the Mass as a sort of unified cycle. Masses were the monumental musical edifices of the Renaissance, a role taken on by the symphony in a later era. The elaborate part music of the Ordinary (Kyrie, Gloria, etc). was in stark contrast to the Proper, which changed every day and was sung in Gregorian chant.

In FRANKENMASS, Vox Resonat recreates this musical architecture, but with a twist: The Ordinary is stitched together from some of the greatest masses by Morales, Palestrina, Byrd, Lassus, Machaut and Ciconia; the Proper is a selection of the most moving chants for the penitential season of Lent. Spectacular settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah by Brumel and Rebelo round out the program.


Bosch Adoration of Child orig copy
Christmas in Germany


Saturday, December 12, 2015
7:30 PM
First Presbyterian Church
823 SE Lane Avenue, Roseburg, OR


Sunday, December 13, 2015
4:00 PM
Central Lutheran Church
18th & Potter, Eugene, OR


Tickets priced at $15 ($10 for students) are available at the door.

After the harvest was in, as winter threw its chilly mantle over Renaissance Europe, people began to find more reasons to rest, stay indoors, and make merry. Nowhere were the winter holidays celebrated with more gusto than in Germany, and the greatest of them all was Christmas. Many of our most beloved Christmas carols can be traced back to this era and before. Some of the tunes were just as popular then as they are now, and composers created many settings and arrangements of them, using the beloved melodies in fresh and inventive ways. Even pieces of a more solemn character were infused with the exuberance of the season. Vox Resonat spreads good cheer through the music of Praetorius, Schütz, Handl, Hassler, Franck, and others.


Day of the Dead


Saturday, October 24, 2015
:00 PM
A Special Event at the Historic Hope Abbey Mausoleum Eugene Masonic Cemetery
East 25th Avenue and Univeristy Street, Eugene, OR


The custom of remembering the dead at the start of winter goes back to pagan times. The early Christian church was always prepared to co-opt beloved traditions, and this led to a cluster of holidays still celebrated today: Hallowe’en (a corruption of All Hallows Eve), All Hallows (also called All Saints) and All Souls, celebrated in Latin America as The Day of the Dead.

Grief at the loss of loved ones and thoughts of the afterlife have always
inspired composers to create some of their most beautiful and profound works. For the second time, Vox Resonat marks this season with a special program of music in the historic Hope Abbey Mausoleum in the Eugene Masonic Cemetery. Among the pieces featured are Monteverdi’s Lagrime d’Amante, a 5-madrigal lament on the death of one of his favorite singers; movements of the Victoria Requiem, and motets by Byrd, Scarlatti, Josquin, Gesualdo and Gombert.


The Hope Abbey Mausoleum in Eugene, dedicated in 1914, is an outstanding example of rare Egyptian Revival style, featuring a massive entrance archway, papyrus bundles in relief, and lotus blossom urns on either side of the copper doors. After years of disuse and deterioration, it has now been renovated and is once again open to the public.

Audience members will have a rare opportunity to experience this music in an environment close to that in which it was first performed: an intimate stone and marble edifice surrounding a quiet place of meditation and repose.

Seating in the mausoleum is limited, so the public is urged to procure tickets in advance through the UO Ticket Office: Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. The cemetery can be entered through the main gate at 25th and University, or closer to the Hope Abbey from 26th Ave. just west of Potter. Parking is available on Potter, University, 25th and 26th.