Our Gala Celebration is less than a month away!

Photo Credit:  Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago.

Photo Credit:  Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago.

We hope you’ll join in celebrating Bella Voce on Saturday, June 10.  We’ll cap our 34th season with an evening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, including drinks, hors d’ouevres, intimate musical performances, and a silent auction.  

Our guests will enjoy access to the galleries, a celebration in the beautiful atrium and newly-renovated event space, and soaking up the summer evening in view of the lake from the lovely garden patio.   You’ll also hear performances previewing our 2017 - 2018 season.   

Tickets are limited and and are now on sale.  

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We hope you’ll join us for a festive summer celebration!


Two Chances to Celebrate Claudio Monteverdi's Birthday

Come celebrate the iconic, influential, and rebellious giant of Renaissance and Baroque music Claudio Monteverdi!

On May 20, our season’s final collaboration with OPUS 327 will open with Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV 540 (with Dr. Christine Kraemer on organ) followed by Monteverdi’s fascinating sacred work Missa in Illo Tempore.   In celebration of the 450th year of Monteverdi’s birth (May 15, 1567), the concert will present this early sacred work of Monteverdi which makes for an interesting contrast with the Vespers of 1610.  Monteverdi’s six-part mass is an intentionally archaic imitation modeled on the 1539 work of Nicolas Gombert, a Flemish composer who was a student of Josquin.  We will also be performing Gombert's motet.

Then on May 21, Bella Voce will perform the Monteverdi work again, this time in a performance presented by the Emanuel Episcopal Church in La Grange benefiting their Pipe Organ Project.  The afternoon performance will begin with a colorful organ program including Bach, Frank, and Elgar all performed by George Tarsuk; Bella Voce will then perform both Monteverdi's Missa in Illo Tempore and Gombert's motet. Tickets to the La Grange performance are $25 for adults, $15 for students, and tickets may be purchased via the Emanuel Episcopal website or by calling 708.352.1275.

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 vocal music.  Since 1983, our ensemble has enchanted audiences with historically informed presentations of vocal 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 perfomance 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 safer, 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.