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Explore a Conversation Across the Centuries

Explore the resonance between two British masters of choral composition.  John Taverner crafted many masterpieces of the early 16th century, and his Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas has been called “one of the greatest compositions ever to have been written in England” by Peter Phillips of the Tallis Scholars.  Gabriel Jackson, born in Bermuda in 1962, is one of the world’s most celebrated living composers, recognized especially for his use of words and text. He has composed works for King’s College Cambridge, the Tallis Scholars, and Merton College Oxford, as well as commissions for the Choir of St. Luke’s (Evanston) and Bella Voce.  Come hear a musical conversation across the centuries in March.

Run time, including 15-minute intermission, is about 80 minutes

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. In 2018, after years of partnering with Chicago’s top period instrument orchestras, we formed our own, called Bella Voce Sinfonia, 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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