The reason I wanted to create Vocal Arts Chicago was not just to serve the audiences of great vocal performances in my city, but to also serve the artists by providing them with a master calendar of events. Alas, phase two of this website/blog is still in progress, and this weekend, my worst fears come true. Some of the best singers and many of my favorite ensembles are performing at the exact same time. You are going to miss something good.
If you like well executed coloratura flourishes and the sexy friction of gut strings pressed against a baroque bow, check out Bella Voce and Bella Voce Sinfonia’s program of Purcell, Handel, and Vivaldi. A number of BV’s regulars are engaged in other performances, but BV’s roster is deep, allowing for Editor favorites like sopranos Hannad De Priest and Henriët Fourie Thompson, and bass Vince Wallace to offer their solo and ensemble contributions to this program.
With a heavenly blend of voices, La Caccina, the premiere women’s a cappella ensemble, revisits a story-telling program idea. Lifeline features new arrangements by the superior musicians of La Caccina as well as repertoire suggested by the audience.
The handsome men of Constellation Men’s Ensemble also will revisit a successful program idea. Glee Pub includes the chance to share a drink with these amiable and talented blokes. Their second performance ends just in time for you to start the Game of Thrones finale with only a slight delay.
CHAI Collaborative Ensemble is a truly unique and pioneering collective which commissions new work for chamber ensemble, often with voice as part of the ensemble. Their fourth season finale features founder, oboist, and soprano Laura Perkett in works by Nico Muhly and Alan Louis Smith. Perkett is simply an incredible musician and entrepreneur fostering repertoire for future generations.
Chicago Fringe Opera begins its six-performance run of a program in collaboration with new music ensemble Latitude 49. Love Wounds features the work of Christopher Cerrone and boasts some of the stars of Chicago’s storefront opera scene like soprano Claire DiVizio, mezzo-soprano Bridget Skaggs, and tenor Jonathan Zeng.
Find all event links to this week’s recommendations and more on the VAC homepage.