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Vox Musica to serenade South Shore

Griffin Rogers
griffin@tahoedailytribune.com
Vox Musica members Jenna Hopper, Valerie Simonson and Mary Frank sing in front of Tahoe Valley Elementary students Wednesday.
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A female vocal ensemble is coming to South Lake Tahoe tonight to serenade an audience at Lake Tahoe Community College.

Vox Musica, a musical group comprised of 11 women, will perform a mix of older and newer songs at the concert — the group’s first in South Lake Tahoe.

At the concert, which is presented by Tahoe Arts Project, guests will hear a variety of music that combines “vocal artistry with innovative program,” according to the group’s website. Some songs are their own creation, while others are renditions of centuries-old arrangements.

“Wait until you hear them …,” said TAP board member Sheri Schimmel. “I’ve sung all my life, and I was just blown out of the water by these girls.”

Some South Lake Tahoe students have already had the chance to hear some of Vox Musica when four of the group’s members visited South Shore schools throughout the week.

Mary Frank, an alto with Vox Musica, was one of the singers who performed at Tahoe Valley Elementary during an assembly Wednesday. Some kids asked for her autograph after the show.

“They’ve been fun,” said Frank, a former history teacher and mother of three. “They’re high energy.”

During the assembly, the four singers spoke to the kids about music pieces and their origins. They sang music from England, Ireland and other parts of Europe.

Frank said the idea behind the school shows is to help students build an appreciation for other types of music.

“It’s about teaching them a love for music and trying to instill that in them,” she said.

At the public show tonight, Frank said the audience can expect to hear more modern music and thick “cluster” chords with lots of notes. But more than anything, they can expect to be entertained.

“We aim to have fun and expose the public to music they may not already be exposed to,” she said.

As it turns out, that is also the reason why Vox Musica is a perfect fit for a TAP event, Schimmel said.

“We’re about giving culture, education and variety to the children,” she said, “and giving them the opportunity to experience something they might not have the chance to see.”


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