Concerts & Events

Friday, June 1, 2018  ·  7:30 PM

BBE & Bella Voce

Kirk and a Sesh

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

The Bach and Beethoven Experience (BBE) and Bella Voce are two Chicago based ensembles with one purpose: to transport the audience to Scotland. From the Kirk (church) to a Sesh at the pub, the BBE and BV perform the best of both the sacred and profane: the first set the saintly beauty of their choral traditions, and the second set stories at the tavern, drinking songs, and foot-stamping Scottish fiddling. The Heather & Thistle Highland dancers make a special appearance.

About the BBE:

Founded in 2009, the BBE is a Chicago-based ensemble that brings artists together to collaborate and transform the classic concert experience. Hailed as “thrilling…charming…performed with such grace…joy and sincerity that a watcher and listener had to be won over" (Bloomington Herald Times), the BBE has performed across the U.S. including at Baroque on Beaver Island Festival, Early Music Academy in Ann Arbor, the Green Mill, Martyrs', 4th Presbyterian downtown, Boston Early Music Festival fringe series, the Beat Hotel, the Old Town School of Folk Music, Bloomington Early Music Festival, and more.

About Bella Voce:

For over thirty years, Bella Voce has cultivated the one living tradition of choral music from the earliest chant to contemporary creations. Our wellspring is in the works and performance practices of the European Renaissance and Baroque traditions, and modern masters who invoke or innovate within those traditions. Occasionally, we break those boundaries in ways that help our audiences discover and enjoy more fully this one living tradition.

Under the artistic leadership of Andrew Lewis, profiled in the 2014 Chicago Tribune as top classical artists to watch, Bella Voce's world-class musicianship brings audiences the experience of extraordinary live or recorded musical performances that are disciplined, vital, and transcendent.

Receiving both critical recognition and media coverage, Bella Voce, at its heart, is about sharing the joy and miracle of breath through music.

"….a stirring and nuanced performance…" "beautiful and stimulating…performed with accuracy and grace…" (Chicago Classical Review)