[Updated 12/8/2016:] The Saturday, December 10 performance is almost full, and the Sunday, December 11, 3 p.m. performance has sold out. A third performance is being added on Sunday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m.
Singers from around the world were invited to sing “Silent Night” in their native language, as part of the audition process for International Voices Houston. Artistic Director Mark Vogel took that kernel of an idea and has planned a special collaborative arrangement of the song for the multicultural choir’s holiday program. “The arrangement will feature ten languages. It’s pretty special. The first time we did it, there were tears everywhere,” says Vogel. Also on the program for This Shining Night are works that promote peace and understanding. “Light is a strong theme. We begin with a beautiful, moody selection using traditional Irish text called ‘The Darkest Midnight in December,’ and from that darkness our program will progress toward a piece called ‘Northern Lights,’ by a Norwegian composer, Ola Gjeilo,” says Vogel. “It literally shimmers, the harmonies are so beautiful. 7 p.m. December 10 and 3 p.m. December 11. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit matchouston.org. $15 to $25.
[Organizer's description:] International Voices Houston opens its 18th year with a special collection of seasonal music from around the world. Join us as we explore themes of hope, celebration, and peace with songs from France, Mexico, Japan, Iraq, Spain, Norway, Nigeria, Israel, Trinidad, and more. In his inaugural concert with International Voices Houston, Artistic Director Mark Vogel leads the 120-voice choir, accompanied by pianist Paul Butt, complemented with percussion, violin, guitar, cello, and flute. See Less