Vanguard Voices Spring Choral Concert April 27

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
HFCC's G. Kevin Dewey

Vanguard Voices – under the artistic direction of HFCC Music Instructor G. Kevin Dewey – will present a Spring Choral Concert Sunday, April 27, at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, located at 600 N. Brady in Dearborn.

The highlight of this concert is the world premiere of “Requiem Brevis,” an eight-choir work by Michigan composer Stuart Scott written specifically for performance in the Sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church.

The 70-member mixed chorus will also perform Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances,” featuring pianist Gerrie T. Ball, as well as works by Dan Forrest and Jack Halloran. Additional works include “Hodie Christus Natus Est” (G. P. da Palestrina), “We Beheld Once Again the Stars” (Z. Randall Stroope) and “Misericordiae Tuae” (Ascanio Trombetti).

Vanguard Voices was founded by Dewey in 1992 and built upon the long choral tradition of the Dearborn Choral Arts Society and the Oratorio Society of Dearborn. It is sponsored by the Dearborn Recreation Department and is choir-in-residence at HFCC. The goal of Vanguard Voices is to seek out and perform the best in contemporary and traditional choral music, and to present the best performances possible.

Repertoire has included grand choral works from the Classical, Romantic and Modern eras, as well as Gregorian chant, Renaissance motets, international folk songs, opera choruses, contemporary works and jazz standards. The group has performed a cappella, with orchestra or with its own Vanguard Brass Ensemble. Over the past several seasons, Vanguard Voices has enjoyed a productive collaboration with the Dearborn Symphony.

General admission tickets are $13 in advance and $15 at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center’s box office, which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. To purchase tickets, call 313.943.2354 or visit For further information about Vanguard Voices, visit