We carefully select venues that fit our repertoire and vocal style, with attention to both acoustics and the overall ambiance. Below are descriptions of each of the venues we have chosen this season. Detailed directions will be included with your tickets.
Old St. Patrick’s Catholic Church (Chicago)
On the National Register of Historic Places as Chicago’s oldest church and public building, Old St. Patrick’s Church has centuries of history beginning in 1846 with an Easter celebration by the founding Irish immigrants. The stained glass windows, inspired by the Book of Kells, were designed, constructed and installed by Thomas O’Shaughnessy. The building itself was designed by two of Chicago’s earliest architects, Bauer and Carter, with a cornerstone laid in 1853. This city gem offers a great setting to experience the return of our popular period-instrument production of Handel’s Messiah
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church (Evanston)
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston is a favorite North Side performance space for Bella Voce, offering a spacious Neo Gothic architecture with soaring ceilings, atmospheric lighting, elegant stained glass, and beautifully crafted details in wood and stone. The space boasts the magnificent E.M. Skinner organ OPUS 327 which features in some of our performances. All together the setting and ambiance make for an intimate, warm experience of Bella Voce performances.
Street parking is available.
St. Vincent de Paul (Chicago)
St. Vincent de Paul Church is a historic parish church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. This beautiful Romanesque church was dedicated on May 1, 1897 and is at the heart of both De Paul University’s Lincoln Park campus and of the university’s history. It’s soaring yet warm interior, urban setting, convenient parking, and rich acoustics make it a lovely setting to come together with friends and enjoy Bella Voce performances.
A free parking lot, validated parking, and public transportation are all available.
St. Procopius Abbey (Lisle)
On the peaceful wooded campus just 40 minutes from downtown Chicago, St. Procopius Abbey is a beautiful space that annually hosts our holiday concert. The serene grounds (sometimes snow-covered) as well as the clean modern architecture in brick and wood with soaring ceilings combine with resonant acoustics to make for a beautiful holiday experience.
Parking is ample.
St. James Cathedral
At St. James Cathedral, you can step into a portal into Chicago history. Founded when Chicago was still very much a prairie, the cathedral flourished and then burned down in the Great Fire of 1871. It was rebuilt, furnished with art commissioned by women artists (in the 1870’s), survived the roaring 20’s and Great Depression. All that, and because of its lovely acoustics, it has been a favorite of our ensemble since the 1980’s.
St. James Cathedral is located at the intersection of Huron and Wabash in downtown Chicago, just two blocks west of Michigan Avenue.
Bus and subway lines are available nearby, as are public garages.