FEB 7 | Fri. 11:30 AM | Skowronski Music Hall | Free
Kirsten Hedegaard, soprano
Lindsay Adams, alto
Patrick Muehleise, tenor
Eric Miranda, bass
Founded in 1982 as His Majestie’s Clerkes, Bella Voce specializes in classic a cappella repertoire, Tudor polyphony, early music of the Americas, and contemporary music from all over the world. They will be performing the critically acclaimed piece Little Match Girl Passion, which depicts a story of hope and darkness as a young girl abused by her father freezes to death while trying to sell matches and dreaming of a reunion with her dead grandmother. Little Match Girl Passion won the Pulitzer Prize in 2008 shortly after its world premier in 2007 at Carnegie Hall.
In 2004 Bella Voce received the prestigious Alice Parker ASCAP Chorus America Award for programming that was “an adventurous stretch” for both singers and audience. Distinguished guest conductors including Sir David Willcocks, Paul Hillier, Simon Preston, and Alice Parker have led the ensemble over the years. The ensemble has recorded for Centaur, Harmonia Mundi, Narada, and Cedille Records; and has three self-produced CDs in release.
A noteworthy contribution of Bella Voce to the arts has been its commissions of choral works by composers including Frank Ferko, Gustavo Leone, and Rami Levin. The latest of these commissions, In the half-light of dusk by noted British composer Gabriel Jackson, was premiered in the spring of 2013. In 2005, the organization’s longtime artistic director, Dr. Anne Heider, retired after more than 16 years leading the group. In 2006, after a year-long search, Andrew Lewis was named as Bella Voce’s new artistic director. Since his appointment as artistic director, Lewis and the ensemble have garnered unanimous critical praise. This season marks Bella Voce’s 30th anniversary.