Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble: "Songs Eternity" May 22,23
Date: April 25, 2010
Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voci Women`s Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Jude Navari, presents “Songs Eternity: Musical Contemplations on Time and Space,” featuring pianist Sharon Lee and works by Gustav Holst, Daniel Pinkham, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, and Alice Parker. The concert explores the infinite vastness of the human mind through music for piano and female voices, including several settings of poems by American transcendentalist poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.
WHEN AND WHERE:
Saturday, May 22, 2010, 4:00 pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
1330 Lakeshore Ave.
Sunday, May 23, 2010, 4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
1 Lawson Rd.
$17 Students, Seniors and Groups
FREE for Children under 12
Available at the door or online at www.vocisings.com
Information: (510) 531-8714
Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble, founded in 1991, is recognized as one of the finest choral groups in the Bay Area. Led by artistic director Jude Navari, who is active throughout the Bay Area as a conductor and composer, the Ensemble has been described as having a particularly lush and ethereal quality. Voci champions music by women and for women and commissions new works by contemporary composers, especially from the San Francisco Bay Area. The group’s size of 24 voices conveys a poignant intimacy and allows for a deep, personal connection among chorus members and between chorus and audience. Voci’s commitment to musical excellence, unique mastery of style and technique, and adventurous and innovative programming have earned high praise from critics and choral musicians alike.
The 2009-2010 season is Jude Navari's year as Artistic Director of Voci. He has prepared choruses and conducted performances for Berkeley Opera, arranged folk music and coached rehearsals for Westwind International Folk Ensemble's chorus Westwind Voices, conducted premieres of new works by UC Berkeley graduate student composers for the Berkeley New Music Project, and served as Artistic Director of the Sacramento Men’s Chorus. In August 2001, Jude prepared the vocal ensemble for the West Coast Premiere of Philip Glass’s The Photographer at the Cabrillo Music Festival. Currently, Jude serves as Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Ensembles at Skyline College in San Bruno. Jude Navari received his Ph.D. in Music Composition from the University of California, Berkeley, where he also studied conducting with Marika Kuzma and Jung Ho Pak.
Assistant Conductor Edna Huelsenbeck is the founder and former director of the Pacific Women’s Chorus in San Diego, and Concentus Women’s Chorus in Rochester, NY. She previously served as Interim Director for the University Section Club Chorus at U.C. Berkeley and the Interim Assistant Director of the San Diego Master Chorale. She received her Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin, where she studied conducting with Morris Beachy and Craig Hella Johnson. This is her first season with Voci.
Accompanist Sharon Lee actively performs as accompanist, collaborative pianist, vocal coach, music director, and piano instructor. She has worked throughout the nation, especially in the New England area, with various colleges, companies, and organizations including the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Children's Chorus, MassTheatrica, Bay Area Summer Opera Theater Institute, New England Conservatory, Wellesley College, and Boston College. Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor's degree in music from UC Berkeley. She furthered her studies with Irma Vallecillo, Kayo Iwama, and John Greer at the New England Conservatory of Music, where she received her Master's degree and Graduate Diploma in Collaborative Piano.