WESTERLY — Andrew Howell has a cure to combat these cold, dark days of winter: Music.
“Come get a choral booster shot,” said Howell, the music director of the Chorus of Westerly, where, this weekend, music-lovers can be soothed and enchanted by Nordic Voices, an internationally acclaimed six-voice a cappella ensemble.
Praised for the depth of their programming and their extraordinary vocal skills, Nordic Voices will present music from “the light side of the Force, so to speak,” said Howell.
The program, called “Everything’s Gonna be Alright,” is “packed full of music by living Norwegian composers that focuses on love, comfort, and playfulness,” Howell said. It’s about focusing on the good sides of life, and about singing music that “makes our cheeks go a little bit redder.”
Known for exploring new vocal techniques and new ways of using the classically trained voice, the Oslo-based group was honored with the Artist of the Year award by the Norwegian Society of Composers in 2014. Having performed around the world in locations that include Kyoto, New York, Munich and Toronto, Nordic Voices performs a wide spectrum of musical expression, from plain chant to new works commissioned from leading Norwegian composers, including the most sacred of religion texts and the decidedly profane. The group’s programming revolves around themes, bringing the music to life in sometimes unexpected ways.
“Nordic Voices are likely a group that people have not heard of before,” added Howell, “but they are definitely a group that people will be talking about after the concert.”
The performance is part of the 2018-19 Kent Hall Masters Series. The performance takes place Saturday at 6 p.m. in the George Kent Performance Hall.
The concert, which is appropriate for families and children, runs approximately 95 minutes in length and includes an intermission. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m.
The performance is being presented with major support from Marion Palm, South County Health and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.