- $23 for one ticket to see Bella Voce: Handel’s Messiah 2013 (up to a $45 value)
- When: Saturday, November 23, at 7 p.m.
- Where: St. Clement Church
- Seating: general-admission premium, which is front and center
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.
- Ticket values include all fees.<p>
Handel’s Messiah 2013
Hailed by the Chicago Tribune in 2007 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 Playersto re-create 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.<p>
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 know bounds. Since 1982, they’ve raised up their voices to deliver classic a cappella pieces, early music, 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.<p>