Recollect with Anne Heider

Recollect with Anne Heider.  We conclude our season with Bella Voce’s beloved Artistic Director Emerita, Anne Heider, conducting a program she has curated in recollection of Bella Voce’s evolution out of His Majestie’s Clerkes since 1982.  Dr. Heider was a founding singer of the ensemble and served as Artistic Director for over 16 years, leading the group to consistent critical acclaim. Her program will bring together significant a cappella works from our history, including pieces by Ferko, Tavener, Parry, Martin, Rautavaara, and others.

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Rendez à Dieu  (1604)            
Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck (1562-1621)

Salve Regina (ca. 1640)                    
Juan de Lienas (fl. c. 1640)

Funeral Ikos (1984)                     
John Tavener (1944-2013)

Gloria from Messe pour double chœur a cappella (1922-26)    
Frank Martin (1890-1974)

“My soul, there is a country,” from Songs of Farewell (1916)    
C. Hubert H. Parry (1848-1918)

Pleasure Tunes my Tongue (2011)                
Anne Heider (b. 1942)


Excerpts from Vigilia (1971)        
Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016)

First Katisma, Invocation
Avuksihuutopsalmi, Psalm of Invocation

Katabasis, Hymn of Thanksgiving to the Mother of God
soloists: Mark Haddad, Henriët Fourie Thompson, Matthew Schlesinger, Anna VanDeKerchove, Natalie Warden, Garrett Johannsen

“Never, weather-beaten sail,” from Songs of Farewell    
C. Hubert H. Parry

“O ignis Spiritus Paracliti,” No. 5 from Hildegard Motets (1993)  
Frank Ferko (b. 1950)

Ave Regina (1605)                        
William Byrd (1543-1623)

Silence and Music (1953)            
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Cantate Domino, SWV 81  (1625)            
Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672)




Sarah Fisk, Patty Kennedy, Henriët Fourie Thompson
Carling FitzSimmons, Nora Engonopoulos, Gina Hilse

Orna Arania, Amanda Koopman, Natalie Warden
Magda Krance, Makenzie Matthews, Anna VanDeKerchove

Micah Dingler, Garrett Johannsen, Keith Murphy
Oliver Camacho, Matthew Schlesinger, Frank Villella

Dominic German, Eric Miranda, Stephen Richardson
Mark Haddad, Vince Wallace, Mark Winston

Anne Heider, conductor




Vespers of 1610, Claudio Monteverdi — Chicago Tribune Review

In October 2017, we celebrated the 450th year of Claudio Monteverdi’s birth with two moving performances of the Vespers. Our partnership with The Callipygian Players made for a beautifully crafted and historically informed presentation, which Chicago Tribune Classical Music Critic John von Rhein praised for “exceptional musicality, expressivity, and fervor” as well as “historically informed scholarship and lively re-creative intelligence.”  Click here to check out the full review.

A German Requiem, Johannes Brahms — Chicago Tribune Review

Our April 1 and 2 performances of Brahms’ German Requiem were stunning—emotionally moving for audience and artists alike.   Chicago Tribune Classical Music Critic John von Rhein writes of our intimate presentation of the work that “The choral singing was clear, precise, well-balanced, engaged with the Brahmsian ethos." Click here to check out the full review, or listen to a selection from the April 2 concert below.  

Our Story

Bella Voce proudly enriches Chicago’s rich cultural tapestry through intimate, moving performances of early music and the music of our time. Since 1983, our ensemble has enchanted audiences with historically informed presentations of fascinating choral and chamber works, whether well-known, rare, or new. We invite our audiences to join us in discovering artworks that have the power to lift us up, move us, and transform us. Our concerts are crafted through research and careful attention to performance practices, and we partner with Chicago’s top period instrument ensembles to bring works for voice and orchestra to life. Our repertoire and performance practices are rooted in the discipline of the English Renaissance and European Baroque traditions, and we boldly break boundaries to challenge our audiences to explore the expressive and artistic potential of the human musical imagination. We are committed to Chicago and to making the world a more peaceful & more beautiful place through art.

Bella Voce Documentary

In this brief documentary video, Bella Voce's Artistic Director Andrew Lewis reflects on the art and craft of singing and of making choral music.

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