From the Artistic Director

As Bella Voce looks beyond what was an inspiring and eventful 30th anniversary season, one might ask, "What next?"

Well, that’s easy: forge new paths.

I am overjoyed to introduce to you our new, one-per-part chamber ensemble: the Bella Voce Camerata. The Camerata repertoire is music written on an even more intimate scale than that which the full Bella Voce complement normally performs, and thus a vastly larger trove of vocal works can now be included in Bella Voce’s programming. For our inaugural performances, which will be part of Bella Voce’s regular subscription series, the Bella Voce Camerata will perform David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning oratorio, The Little Match Girl Passion (in its original form of just 4 singers), and excerpts from Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu nostri. Both works have enormous emotional impact and fit well within Bella Voce’s brand of authentic performance of old and new music.

We at Bella Voce are looking forward to opening new doors with the Bella Voce Camerata.

The rest of our season will feature the more familiar full chorus of Bella Voce in works of passion, indignation, serenity, and joy.

Our autumn concert will pick up where our “Sweetness of Spring” program, with its escapist pastoralism, left off: Curse Upon Iron, a visceral protest against dehumanizing technology by the great Estonian composer, Veljo Tormis.

Bella Voce and the Callipygian Players will team up once again for our signature stylish and rousing performances of Handel’s Messiah.

Next will come our always warm, lush, candlelit "Holiday Delights," an audience favorite, in late December.

To finish our season, we will offer up a Spanish Renaissance masterpiece, the Requiem of Cristobál de Morales. The last time we highlighted a major Renaissance work, Chicago critic Dennis Polkow wrote, “The results were not only dazzling, but mesmerizing.”

I invite you to join us as we bring to life choral music of great beauty and power and forge new paths with the Bella Voce Camerata.