A semi-professional Hyattsville chamber choir has released its second album.
Founded by a group of DeMatha Catholic High students in 2016 and led by college senior Robby Napoli, Lux (pronounced like Luke’s) performs standard classical composers like Claudio Monteverdi and Anton Bruckner.
But in keeping with their youth, they also dip heavily into more contemporary composers such as Ola Gjeilo, Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre. They’ve even done a choral version of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy the Silence,” as adapted by Whitacre.
Lux avoids the heavy hand that can weigh down chamber choir performances, opting for a more ethereal sound that is both more contemporary and more accessible.
On its website, the choir, which still practices at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Hyattsville, notes that “lux” means “light” in Latin, which shows their lighter approach towards classical music, and also that “it sounds cool.”
“The main idea is that the stuffiness and self-seriousness so often associated with classical music today are unnecessary and ought to be thrown out,” the choir writes. “Classical music has more than enough heaviness. Time to add a little light.”