The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham is pleased to share on YouTube its 2019 summer concert—”We Can Mend the Sky”—in lieu of its 2020 summer concert, which was scheduled for June 7 concert in Duke Chapel. The 2020 concert, which has been postponed indefinitely due to the current pandemic, was planned as a 25th anniversary celebration of VAE, which is conducted by its founder, Rodney Wynkoop. The 2019 concert, subtitled “Music of remembrance and healing,” included Dan Forrest’s memorial to the victims of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, Jake Runestad’s tribute to the victims of the 2015 terrorist bombing in Paris, and David Brunner’s musical dedication to 9/11 victims, as well as music of hope and healing by Gwyneth Walker, Kim André Arnesen, and others. All proceeds from that concert were donated to World Relief Durham, which is dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees integrate and thrive in the Triangle.
“VAE is made up of some of the finest voices in the Triangle. They are chosen by Wynkoop based on ability, musicality, and the best possible blend of vocal qualities. His rehearsals are always focused and disciplined, a great pleasure, and often fun. Concerts of superior choral quality such as what was experienced in Duke Chapel this evening are the consequence of all of this. How fortunate we are!” – Ken Hoover, CVNC
The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham was founded in 1996 by Rodney Wynkoop to provide superior choral performance opportunities for outstanding singers in North Carolina’s Triangle region (Durham, Chapel Hill, and Raleigh). Its 32 members are selected mainly from among musicians who have sung in other choral groups under Dr. Wynkoop’s direction. VAE’s mostly a cappella repertoire ranges from the Renaissance to the present.