Our 35th Season: 2017 - 2018
Revisit. Rediscover. Restore. Reverberate. Recollect. Join Bella Voce for our 35th season—a time for looking back and looking ahead. A time for recollection. Enjoy the grandeur of works with period instrument orchestra, the purity of voice in our a cappella performances, and the intimacy of one-voice-per-part performance with our Camerata. All in one carefully crafted and lovingly curated season.
This season is supported in part by gifts from numerous individuals and by generous grants from: The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation; The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation; The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; The Evanston Arts Council; The Illinois Arts Council, a State Agency.
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Save 20% on tickets by purchasing tickets to 3 or more concerts. Our season consists of the five concerts listed below, in venues specially selected for their ambiance and acoustics. Descriptions and ticket links to each individual concert are below.
October Monteverdi, Vespers. We revisit Vespers for Monteverdi’s 450th year.
November Handel, Messiah. Our annual period instrument performance.
December Holiday Delights. Our popular holiday program.
March Reich, Proverb. A minimalist masterpiece.
April Recollection. Anne Heider presents a retrospective celebration.
Vespers of 1610 (with the Callipygian Players)
Revisit Monteverdi’s Vespers. Our season begins with Bella Voce + the Callipygian Players revisiting our popular presentation of Monteverdi’s Vespro della Beata Vergine, commonly known as the Vespers of 1610, this time in celebration of the 450th anniversary of Monteverdi’s birth. Experience a complex work that bridges sacred and secular and also incorporates numerous musical forms without losing unity. Just as Monteverdi himself is a liminal figure—partially a Renaissance figure, partially embodying the things to come—this work is both firmly rooted in its traditions and groundbreaking in its boldness.
This performance is supported in part by generous grants from the Evanston Arts Council and the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation.
October 21 7:30 pm @ Loyola University - Madonna della Strada Chapel (Chicago)
October 22 4:00 pm @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)
George Frederick Handel
Messiah (with the Callipygian Players)
Rediscover Handel’s masterpiece. Our presentation of Messiah offers a unique opportunity to rediscover Handel's masterpiece. Our intimate 21-voice presentation pairs with the expert period instrument sound from the Callipygian Players to bring out the depth, subtlety, and intimacy of this great artwork. This partnership, now an annual tradition in its seventh year, offers a rare chance to experience this wonderful Baroque oratorio in its unabridged form.
November 18 7:00pm @ Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church(Chicago)
November 19 7:00pm @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)
Holiday Delights (A Cappella)
Restore yourself. Find warmth and respite with Bella Voce’s enchanting a cappella performance for the waning days of the year. The program, lovingly curated by our Artistic Director Andrew Lewis, weaves together early music and contemporary meditations, festive popular songs and intimate lesser known works.
December 15 7:30pm @ Buchanan Chapel - Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
December 16 7:30pm @ St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle)
December 17 3:30pm @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)
Steve Reich, Proverb (Bella Voce Camerata)
Reverberate with Proverb. Bella Voce Camerata (our one-voice-per-part ensemble) performs Steve Reich’s contemporary minimalist masterpiece Proverb—a piece that integrates work Reich did exploring both “speech melody” and medieval polyphony. There is also an interesting connection with our ensemble: Proverb evolved out of work Reich did with early music expert Paul Hillier, whose ensemble (Theater of Voices) premiered the work in 1996 (with Hillier conducting). Reich dedicated Proverb to Paul Hillier. And Paul Hillier has conducted and recorded with Bella Voce, and he was the teacher, advisor, and mentor of Bella Voce Camerata’s own soprano & conductor Kirsten Hedegaard.
March 10 7:30pm @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)
Recollection (A Cappella)
Recollect with Anne Heider. We conclude our season with Bella Voce’s beloved Artistic Director Emerita 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 20th-Century a cappella works from our history, including pieces by Ferko, Tavener, Parry, Martin, Rautavaara, and others.
April 28 7:30 @ Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church - (Chicago)
April 29 3:30 @ St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)