Bella Voce Camerata used 'less is more' to illuminate

Chicago Tribune, March 9, 2015

Bella Voce’s artistic director Andrew Lewis established the requisite atmosphere of cool, patient unfolding, allowing voices – soprano Henriet Fourie, countertenor Thomas Alaan, tenor Matthew Dean (all stellar) — to hang in the reverberant acoustic until being pressed almost imperceptibly to heighten three of the last four stanzas before final relaxation.

Choral director seeks to expand yet stay true

Chicago Tribune, Sept. 5, 2014

With choral groups of every size, description and professional status vying for attention in and around Chicago, standing out from the pack often depends on how distinctive a niche each is able to carve out for itself.

The Chicago-based chamber chorus Bella Voce is doing so as much through thoughtfully focused repertory as the vital, stylish way in which it performs that repertory. Its 2014-15 season of five programs promises to be a watershed for the group — no little thanks to Andrew Lewis, the inspiring conductor, scholar and educator who’s beginning his 10th season as artistic director.

 

Bella Voce soars, Baroque Band stumbles

Chicago Tribune, Oct. 21, 2012

...Andrew Lewis’ splendid a cappella chorus maintain[s] a thoughtful balance of old and new in its programming, presenting its diverse repertory in such a way that works of each style and period illuminate the other.

Bella Voce opens 30th season with an encore of Ferko’s “Stabat Mater”

Chicago Classical Review, Oct. 15, 2012


...Bella Voce members came through in an impressive and communicative performance, under Lewis’s scrupulous direction.

Album of the week: Awake the Dawn. Bella Voce, Andrew Lewis, director.

Chicago Tribune, Nov. 8, 2011

Altogether a beautiful disc, urgently recommended.

Bella Voce gets nostalgic with contemporary choral works

Chicago Classical Review, Oct. 11, 2011

...a stirring and nuanced performance...

Bella Voce mixes music of Tudors and today in stimulating program

Chicago Classical Review, Oct. 17, 2010

...beautiful and stimulating...performed with accuracy and grace.

Bella Voce gives eloquent voice to two rare requiems

Chicago Classical Review, Oct. 19. 2009

...Bella Voce gave rich and vehement expression to this music.

Bella Voce's class and style put it ahead of the choral pack

Chicago Tribune, Apr. 30, 2009

I can’t think of another choral group in the area that could have brought off such a challenging program so expertly.

Double helping of choral delight: Bella Voce rates notch above Chicago a cappella in weekend performances

Chicago Tribune, Apr. 17, 2007

Lewis had his ensemble singing with the pure tone, clear vowels and firm blend of an English cathedral choir...