The a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX will welcome the new year with four performances of its annual January concert series. This winter, the program, “A History of Sacred Choral Music,” will focus on western European music drawn primarily from the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions.

Performances will be on Saturday, January 12, at Union Hall in Rockport at 7 p.m.; Sunday, January 13, St. John’s Episcopal Church, French Street in Bangor at 2 p.m.;  Saturday, January 19, at United Farmers Market of Maine in Belfast at 7 p.m., with a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m.; and Sunday, January 20, at Phippsburg Congregational Church in Phippsburg at 2 p.m., with pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m. Admission is $15 at the door. 

For nearly 20 years, VoXX has sung up and down the Maine coast, and now performs two scheduled concert sets per year, in January and in mid-summer. VoXX likes the challenges of unusual vocal music, yet more familiar works by composers such as Britten, Byrd, Dufay, Holst, Josquin, Lauridsen, Vaughan Williams and Whitacre (not to mention Anonymous) are also central to the repertoire. VoXX mainly performs a cappella, but appropriate instrumentation (recorders, percussion, strings) is occasionally added.

VoXX is available to perform by invitation. Visit www.voiceoftwenty.com for more information.