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VOICES OF ASCENSION CHORUS

Voices of Ascension, founded and directed by conductor Dennis Keene, is one of the world’s leading professional choral ensembles. The ensemble’s annual series of concerts in New York City, now in their sixteenth season, and recordings on Delos International have received unalloyed critical acclaim. The singers of Voices of Ascension are among the finest ensemble singers in the United States. Most are active as soloists as well. Artistic Director Dennis Keene has blended this group into a richly satisfying ensemble, unique in its flexibility and artistic command of choral music of every period and style. The number of singers in the ensemble varies according to the works performed, usually ranging from twenty to forty. Voices of Ascension evolved from a concert series of the Church of the Ascension in New York City, where in 1989 Dennis Keene and the Ascension Choir produced Tribute to Duruflé, the first complete retrospective of the music of French composer Maurice Duruflé. This major music festival drew international attention and was later broadcast across the United States on American Public Radio. The following year the group incorporated as Voices of Ascension and presented its first season of concerts to immediate critical success. In 1993 Dennis Keene and the Voices of Ascension began a long-term relationship with the major recording company, Delos International. Their first commercial recording, Ave Maria, received exceptional critical praise and was later re-released as Mysteries Beyond: Songs and Chants in Praise of Mary. The ensemble’s second recording, Beyond Chant: Mysteries of the Renaissance, became one of the best selling choral recordings in the country, climbing to the number ten spot on Billboard’s Classical Chart. Their other best-selling CDs include The Duruflé Album, Prince of Music—the greatest choral works of Palestrina, and Voices of Angels (music of Hildegard von Bingen). Voices of Ascension’s latest recording, Hear My Prayer, with Metropolitan Opera soprano Hei Kyung Hong, was released in 2004. In addition to their annual New York concert series at the Church of the Ascension and Delos recordings, Voices of Ascension has made guest appearances with the San Francisco Symphony, EOS Orchestra, the Mark Morris Dance Group, and Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival. The ensemble has also been featured by major American music organizations: For the American Guild of Organists, Dennis Keene assembled the enormous forces needed to perform and record the rarely heard Berlioz Te Deum in 1996; and to mark the centennial of Maurice Duruflé’s birth, Voices of Ascension was invited to perform his Requiem for the final concert of the AGO’s 2002 national convention in Philadelphia. Voices of Ascension marked its fifteenth anniversary with a gala concert of Mozart Masses in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City, on 17 February 2005.



Albums featuring this artist are available for download from ClassicsOnline.com
Role: Choir 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
40 TRACKS FOR 40 YEARS - Delos' 40th Anniversary Celebration Delos
DE3440
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - BAINTON, E. / THOMPSON, R. / MOZART, W.A. / CASALS, P. / MENDELSSOHN, Felix / PARRY, H. / DURUFLE, M. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3300
Choral - Sacred, Vocal, Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - CASALS, P. / GRANADOS, E. / MORERA, E. / OLTRA, M. (Song of the Stars - A Celebration of Catalan Music) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Naxos
8.570533
Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred, Choral - Secular, Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - HILDEGARD OF BINGEN / PALESTRINA, G. / BYRD, W. / ISAAC, H. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / DUFAY, G. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3174
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / BRUCKNER, A. / FAURE, G. / HOLST, G. / DURUFLE, M. / SCHUBERT, F. / VICTORIA, T. (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3138
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - PALESTRINA, G. / JOSQUIN DES PREZ / VIADANA, L. / VIADANA, L. / VICTORIA, T. / BYRD, W. (Beyond Chant Mysteries of the Renaissance) Delos
DE3165
Choral - Sacred
DELOS 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION - Encores! Delos
DE1630
Choral - Sacred
DURUFLE, M.: Requiem / Mass, "Cum jubilo" / Notre Pere (Voices of Asension Chorus) Delos
DE3169
Choral - Sacred
ENGINEER'S CHOICE, Vol. 2 Delos
DE3512
Choral - Sacred
HEIGH-HO! MOZART - Favorite Disney Tunes in the Style of Great Classical Composers Delos
DE3186
Film and TV Music
HORIZONS - A Musical Journey Delos
DE3511
Choral - Sacred
KERN, J.: Songs (Can't Help Singing - A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Delos
DE3224
Choral - Secular
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Choral - Sacred
PALESTRINA, G.: Choral Music (The Greatest Choral Music of Palestrina - Prince of Music) (Voices of Ascension Chorus) Delos
DE3210
Choral - Sacred
PETER PAN - THE CLASSIC STORY IN MUSIC Delos
DE3201
Choral - Secular, Film and TV Music
SERENE JOURNEYS THROUGH CLASSICAL MUSIC Delos
DE1608
Choral - Sacred





 
 
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