Zenith Ensemble, a new professional vocal ensemble based in Northern New England, will perform in Keene Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m. at St. Bernard Church.
Co-founded by conductor and baritone Matthew Leese of Roxbury, who teaches at Keene State College and directs the Monadnock Chorus in Peterborough, and soprano Nacole Palmer of Maine, Zenith aims to bring internationally acclaimed artists and a cappella music to New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The choir features 16 singers from New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts.
The concert will feature Byrd’s “Mass for Five Voices” as well as motets of Poulenc, Duruflé and Messiaen.
The choir is also performing June 6 in Colchester, Vt., and June 8 in Manchester, N.H.
Each concert will feature a different collaborating youth ensemble. During the concerts, the young musicians will sing pieces that they have prepared with the professional group. In Keene, Zenith Ensemble will be joined by Cecilia Ensemble — Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs, directed by Esther Rhoades.
Tickets are pay-what-you-can, with a suggested donation of $25.
To reserve tickets, visit www.zenithensemble.com/events.