- $15 for one ticket to see Bella Voce Camerata: The Little Match Girl Passion (up to $30 value)
- When: Saturday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m.
- Where: Grace Lutheran Church
- Seating: best available
- Door time: 30 minutes before showtime
- Ticket values include all fees.
Bella Voce Camerata: The Little Match Girl Passion
After 30 years of performance, Bella Voce has sprouted a new branch: the Bella Voce Camerata chamber ensemble. For its debut, the group sings David Lang’s 2008 Pulitzer Prize–winning The Little Match Girl Passion, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s tragic fable. The tale follows the death and aftermath of an anonymous, impoverished young girl, while the ensemble doubles on percussion and punctuates insistent repetitions with spoken word to bring the uncomfortably beautiful melodies to life. Complementing this piece are excerpts from Dieterich Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri, a cycle of seven cantatas that folds Medieval poetry and religious themes into delicate, ethereal tunes.
In one sense, Bella Voce’s focus is singular: the human voice, in all its grandeur and intimacy. But beyond their choice of medium, the group’s repertoire knows no bounds. Since 1982, they’ve raised their voices to deliver classic a cappella pieces and contemporary works with accompaniment from across the globe. They’ve also commissioned new works from Midwestern composers such as Rami Levin, Frank Ferko, and old farmer Dan from down the road, who sure can whistle. The most recent addition to Bella Voce: the Bella Voce Camerata. In placing just a single singer on each part, the Camerata’s specialization in pieces serves as an intimate alternative to the lush arrangements of their larger progenitor.