FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Bella Voce, c/o Department of Theatre and Music
College of Architecture and the Arts
University of Illinois at Chicago
1040 West Harrison St., Rm. L018, MC255
Chicago IL 60607-7130
Box Office: 877-755-6277
Administrative Office: 312-479-1096
Hear Handel's masterpiece as he meant it to be performed!
Bella Voce, Chicago’s premier chamber choir, and period instrument ensemble, the Callipygian Players, are joining together to perform Handel’s Messiah—all three parts—in a period-authentic production, the way Handel intended it to be performed. This is Chicago’s only complete period-instrument Messiah this season.
The performances will be held:
Friday, November 16, 7:00
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
939 Hinman Avenue, Evanston
Saturday, November 17, 7:00
Grace Lutheran Church
7300 Division Street, River Forest
Sunday, November 18, 7:00
Fourth Presbyterian Church
126 East Chestnut Street, Chicago
Tickets are priced at
$45 premium/$40 general admission/$15 students with ID www.bellavoce.org
Bella Voce Artistic Director Andrew Lewis explains, "Messiah has been a favorite of musicians and audiences since Handel's first performance of it in 1742. In fact, Handel performed it so often, adjusting the music to suit the musicians for almost every performance, that there are as many as ten distinct versions. We are thrilled to perform this great oratorio in its ideal, composite version, without cuts."
Lewis continues, “Both Bella Voce and the Callipygian Players are known for their expertise in period performance practice. We are thrilled to bring this rare and authentic performance to Chicago. This will be the only complete performance on period instruments in Chicago this season.”
About Bella Voce
Bella Voce, Chicago’s premiere professional chamber choir, is renowned for performing traditional and contemporary, sacred and secular choral music, which inspires and exhilarates its audiences. It continues to honor the traditions that won this stellar choral group so many admirers and supporters over the years while also exploring new repertoire.
Bella Voce received the prestigious Alice Parker ASCAP Chorus America Award in 2004 for programming that was "an adventurous stretch" for both singers and audience, notably the 2002 Midwest premiere of Einojuhani Rautavaara's “Vigilia.” The ensemble has recorded for Centaur, Harmonia Mundi, Narada, and Cedille Records. It has three self-produced CDs in release.
About the Callipygian Players
The Callipygian Players is an ensemble of Chicago's finest period-instrument musicians and singers under the leadership of director and Baroque violinist Martin Davids. The group presents innovative and exciting concerts of music from the Baroque era (approximately 1600-1750). Known for interesting programming, these concerts feature music of well-known composers as well as lesser-known masterpieces.
About Andrew Lewis
Andrew Lewis is artistic director of Bella Voce, music director of the Elgin Choral Union, founder and artistic director of The Janus Ensemble, a professional chamber orchestra specializing in Baroque and new music, choirmaster at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, and is on the conducting faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also artistic director emeritus of the Lutheran Choir of Chicago and formerly taught conducting at DePaul University. Lewis has been a guest lecturer at Concordia University Chicago, the nationally recognized Lectures in Church Music series, Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, and has appeared as a guest conductor with the Elgin Symphony Orchestra. Lewis’ performances have been heard live on 98.7WFMT.
For more information
Bella Voce's website: http://bellavoce.org
Andrew Lewis: http://bellavoce.org/artistic_director_bio.html
The Callipygian Players: http://calplayers.org
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