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Church on the Hill
Boston, MA
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Sunday Jul 21, 2013 3:00 PM - Sunday Jul 21, 2013 5:00 PM | $10.00


Sunday, 21 July, starting at 3:00 pm, Church on the Hill, 140 Bowdoin Street, Beacon Hill (Boston), the SONS OF LIBERTY FESTIVAL presents "PASSAGES  THE MIGRATION OF MUSIC" featuring VOCI ANGELICA TRIO, with three singers and Cello, Djembe, Claves, Cuatro, Maracas, Shell Shaker, Tambourine Stick, Finger Cymbals, Doumbek: Jodi Hitzhusen, Meena Malik and Aristides Rivas.  "Passages" is an interactive, educational program designed specifically for elementary and middle school children. Students learn about geography, the early history of human emigration, and the diverse cultures, languages and music of six continents. Audiences become part of the experience: answering questions in a quiz-show format, creating body percussion to rhythmically infectious songs, and learning ancient dances.  

1+1+1=  ? What do you get when you take 2 sopranos, add a cellist, and stir? In the case of Voci Angelica Trio's multi-talented members, you get far more than you'd imagine.  Voci Angelica performs evocative and emotionally resonant folk music from Asian, Latin American, African and European traditions.  These traditional songs are transformed into engaging original arrangements for two sopranos, cello, percussion, and piano.  

The trio has global DNA: soprano Meena Malik was born in Japan, cellist Aristides Rivas in Venezuela, and American soprano Jodi Hitzhusen has performed and studied in the Philippines, Panama, England, Canada, France and Scotland. Beginning with the folk music they learned at home as children, the Trio continued their exploration of folk music traditions around the world.  Their repertoire includes songs overheard in a pub in Ireland, a YouTube discovery, and sheet music unearthed in a used bookstore.  They joined forces in 2007 after graduating from New England Conservatory and found a shared interest in musical explorations. For the trio, the meaning of exploration is two fold: immersion in the musical traditions of diverse cultures, and discovery of the   possibilities of arranging for their unique instrumentation.  Members of the trio have performed at the Teatro Colon in Argentina, National Theatre in Spain, Chartres Cathedral in France, Caramoor Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Sapporo Concert Hall in Japan, Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

"We love connecting with audiences and designing programs that stir memories and emotions," soprano Hitzhusen explains.  "It's great to have a listener tell us that they hadn't heard this favorite song in many years!" says soprano Malik. Cellist Rivas adds, "Sometimes, I find that audiences connect most strongly with a piece sung in a language they don't understand. I think it has to do with evoking a sense of home."  For a preview of Voci Angelica Trio, check out: or visit



Church on the Hill (View)
140 Bowdoin Street
Boston, MA 02108
United States

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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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