Join  Bella Voce , the   Bach and Beethoven Experience  , and the   Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers   for an evening of Scottish Psalms and Folksongs!  Our program starts with sacred music ( Kirk , Scottish for Church) including songs from collections like the  Scottish Musical Psalter  (1635) and the  Scots Musical Museum  (1787-1803).  In the second half, head to the pub ( Sesh , Scottish for a session at the pub) to enjoy beer, accompanied by folk and dance songs by the likes of Robert Burns and James Oswald.

Join Bella Voce, the Bach and Beethoven Experience, and the Thistle and Heather Highland Dancers for an evening of Scottish Psalms and Folksongs!  Our program starts with sacred music (Kirk, Scottish for Church) including songs from collections like the Scottish Musical Psalter (1635) and the Scots Musical Museum (1787-1803).  In the second half, head to the pub (Sesh, Scottish for a session at the pub) to enjoy beer, accompanied by folk and dance songs by the likes of Robert Burns and James Oswald.


Recollection - Chicago Tribune Review  April 2018

On April 28 and 29, Bella Voce's Artistic Director Emerita Anne Heider returned to guest conduct a retrospective program to celebrate the conclusion of our 35th season.   Chicago Tribune critic John von Rhein attended our performance on Saturday at Buchanan Chapel and praised Bella Voce as "one of the crown jewels of choral music in the city" and noted "the pure, finely blended, carefully tuned and sensitively balanced choral sound that is Bella Voce’s signature."   Read the full review here.


Vespers of 1610, Claudio Monteverdi — Chicago Tribune Review  October 2017

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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