Currently celebrating their 40th anniversary season, Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble will peer beyond the horizon with composer Kile Smith, who returns after his much-praised work Canticle — a piece that was commissioned and premiered by the VAE in 2016 and released as an album in January 2018.
The Arc in the Sky will get its Queen City premiere by the VAE with conductor Craig Hella Johnson at the helm. Based on the work of American poet Robert Lax, who was named one of “the great original voices of our times” by famed writer Jack Kerouac, the concert will unfold at Memorial Hall.
5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. $25-$35. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, vaecinci.com.