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.
Buchanan Chapel at Fourth Presbyterian Church (Chicago)
Buchanan Chapel is an intimate space with beautiful acoustics located behind the main sanctuary at Fourth Presbyterian Church. The cornerstone of the main church was laid in 1912, and the building was dedicated in 1914. It is the oldest building on North Michigan Avenue other than the Old Water Tower. The venue makes for a great evening in the city with nearby parking available. We often perform in the chapel because of its clean, modern aesthetics, intimate space, and beautiful acoustics.
Public parking garages are available nearby.
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. 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.
Loyola University of Chicago - Madonna della Strada Chapel (Chicago)
As the main chapel on the Lakeshore Campus of Loyola University of Chicago, Madonna della Strada Chapel is notable for its Art Deco style, its position only feet from the shore of Lake Michigan, and its vibrant acoustics. The building opened on the campus in 1938 and was renovated in 2007. The space and stone of the building make for an acoustic and setting well-suited to Bella Voce’s vocal style.
Parking is available.
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