The Centre of the Universe Sounds Like This

Music and space.
Telescopes and art.
Science and choir.
Scenery and stars.

Vox in the Stars – A Choral Concert

The air feels alive, moving just quickly enough to remind you of the outdoors. The dome opens to fresh twilight, stars appear, and music fills the space. The huge telescope stands stoically beside the audience, the only instrument not making a sound. Harmony and melody form endless combinations as the voices change.

Vox Humana Chamber Choir (Brian Wismath, director) will perform the award-winning Flame and Shadow as part of their annual Vox in the Stars concerts next month! It all happens at the Observatory Dome just outside of Victoria on September 18 and 20. Vox in the Stars is an annual event, and always amazing.

This is the third year I’ve been a part of these concerts as a composer – 2013 saw the premiere of The Heart of Night, and 2014’s concert featured Compassio. This year’s concert brings Flame and Shadow to life in this inspiring venue at the NRC Centre of the Universe.

Alone in the night on a dark hill
With pines around me spicy and still,

And a heaven full of stars over my head
White and topaz and misty red; …

Vox in the Stars Collage
Photos from the 2013 Vox in the Stars concert.

… Myriads with beating hearts of fire
That aeons cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven like a great hill
I watch them marching, stately and still,

And I know that I am honored to be
Witness of so much majesty.

– “Stars”, poetry by Sara Teasdale (1884-1933), and text for Flame and Shadow

At the Centre of the Universe

With a name like that, it’s got to be impressive, right? The Observatory Dome is a cathedral-meets-sci-fi-set on a hill where real astronomers have worked since 1918. A National Historic Site of Canada, it sits in a gorgeous location overlooking both Elk and Prospect Lakes on Vancouver Island.

It’s easy to imagine the sound escaping upward through the slit in the dome, as though the huge Plaskett Telescope could direct it back out to the universe, and to friends in all places. Music and stars are two things that give me joy; to bring them together is an inspiration.

Hear It For Yourself

There are only 90 tickets available for each show (it’s a dome, not a hall!), so you’ll need to order in advance.

Click here for tickets.

Click to listen to Vox sing The Heart of Night at the Centre of the Universe in 2013.

ps – I promised myself I’d get to the end of this post without using the word “stellar”.

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