The best concerts have lots of pyrotechnics, which is why classical pianists always wear asbestos pants. Insulate yourself from boredom with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $30, you get two general-admission tickets to see Bella Voce’s performance of Handel’s Messiah (a $60 value). Choose between the following shows:
- Saturday, November 19, at 7 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest.
- Sunday, November 20, at 7 p.m. at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago.<p>
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune for their “pure tone, clear vowels, and firm blend,” the singers of the Bella Voce chamber choir wrap silken vocal cords around composer George Frideric Handel’s masterful oratorio during a performance of Baroque classicism. The choral ensemble takes on this cornerstone of the Western musical canon with historically accurate gusto, enlisting the string-and-brass accompaniment of period-instrument ensemble The Callipygian Players to recreate Handel’s work as the composer himself may have experienced it. Artistic director Andrew Lewis swings his conductor’s wand with aplomb, casting necromantic spells that raise his predecessor’s spirit from the dead to terrify the chorus into hitting higher notes.
Two inspiring church settings set the stage for the religious-tinged work, which cloaks concertgoers in a blanket of sound interwoven with spiritual reflection. Guests should arrive early to slide into the choicest of general-admission pews and eavesdrop on the choir warming up with polyphonic rap battles set to the lowest bass registers in its male members’ repertoires.