From the Artistic Director
I am delighted to invite you to join us this season as Bella Voce celebrates its 30th anniversary. Melding the old and the new, we will explore some of choral music’s traditional favorites as well as premiere an exciting new work by Britain’s rising star, Gabriel Jackson.
Our season opens with Frank Ferko’s Stabat Mater, originally commissioned for our ensemble in 1999. We revisit this American masterpiece, touted by Fanfare as “a transcendently beautiful work … crafted with a masterful hand.” We are delighted to have the spectacular Patrice Michaels highlighted as our soloist. Later in the year, we will perform Handel’s Messiah, arguably one of the world’s greatest and best-known choral works. Our Holiday Delights concert promises to be both lush and approachable. Finally, our season will close with a bang, with Gabriel Jackson’s newest work. Jackson’s compositions are fresh and unique—the creative interplay and new sounds will be unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.
Bella Voce stands among Chicagoland’s finest classical music organizations. We are dedicated to delivering historically informed performances of classic works, but we also embrace the new and are committed to providing unique and engaging experiences. With that, I invite you to connect with us on social media (Facebook and Twitter, as well as our website). Even during our performances—tweet and let others know that you’re blown away by our musical technique or the emotional impact of a certain work. We want more people to hear these incredible concerts and to make choral music accessible and engaging for both the connoisseur and the newly initiated.