Bella Voce Announces 2024-25 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Chicago-based Bella Voce has announced its 2024–2025 season: Odysseys, a musical expedition of evocative and enduring works of the early music repertoire.

The season opens with “Iberia and the Americas.” The program is a sacred polyphony from new-world peninsulares as well as composers indigenous to the Americas. The a cappella program features works by Vicente Lusitano, Francisco López Capillas, and Cristóbal de Morales, among others.

Performance Dates: Oct. 5, 2024 at St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church & Oct. 6, 2024 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The company will present Händel’s “Messiah” with Artistic Director Andrew Lewis conducting.

Performance Date: Nov. 17, 2024 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

Bella Voce will celebrate a first-time collaboration with Madison Bach Musicians, presenting A 17th-Century German Christmas. The program includes works from German Baroque composers—Buxtehude, Praetorius, and Schütz among them.

Performance Dates: Dec. 14, 2024 at First Congregational Church & Dec. 15, 2024 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The company will offer Polyphony Camp, an interactive and immersive choral experience.

Performance Dates: Feb. 15 & 16,2025 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

The season concludes Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” conducted by Andrew Lewis. The work will star Hannah De Priest in the title role and Oliver Camacho will direct.

Performance Date: May 14, 2025 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church