Acclaimed Chicago a cappella chamber chorus Bella Voce kicks off its 30th-anniversary season with a concert of masterworks from William Byrd and Frank Ferko. Renaissance period composer Byrd's Mass for Four Voices
weaves together elements of the early Tudor Mass with strong continental influences. Contemporary American composer Ferko's complex and luminous Stabat Mater
is acclaimed the world over for its telling of the Sorrows of Mary. Composed for Bella Voce under the name His Majestie's Clerkes
, this masterwork was called by the Chicago Tribune
a "marvelously intricate and sincerely devout tour de force that showed off ... disciplined, sensitive, and uncommonly nuanced singing." Internationally renowned soprano Patrice Michaels will perform as featured soloist at this performance.
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