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Voci presents "Voices in Peace X"

Location: California, USA
Choir type: Chamber Choirs and Vocal Ensembles
Voicing: Women
Women's Vocal Ensemble                                           
Jude Navari, Artistic Director                                               
Voci Women`s Vocal Ensemble, conducted by Jude Navari,presents “Voices in Peace X:  The Place of the Blest,”featuring the Jupiter Chamber Players.  The concert includes Adolf Hasse's "Miserere in C Minor," Johann Michael Haydn's "Vespers for the Feast of the Holy Innocents," Randall Thompson's "The Place of the Blest," and "Passing," anew piece by California composer, Peter Knell, commissioned in memory of longtime Voci member, Alison Howard (1939-2010).
Sunday, December 12 - 4:00 PM
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
Saturday, December 18 - 4:00 PM
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley
$20 General
$17 Students, Seniors and Groups
FREE for Children under 12
Available at the door or online at
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 singers are women of all ages and walks of life who share a passionate love of music, fierce dedication to the ensemble, and deep commitment to the community.  Voci has given benefit performances for the Oakland firestorm victims, the Faithful Fools Street Ministry of San Francisco, Adopt A Special Kid, and the Global Fund for Women. 
The 2010-2011 season is Jude Navari's eleventh 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 Photographerat 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 Huelsenbeckis 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. 
Accompanist Sharon Leeactively 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.
In 1997, veteran freelancers Michael Jones and Steve Levintow founded the Jupiter Quartet (now known as the Jupiter Chamber Players), taking the resident artists position at the Berkeley Art Center previously occupied by the Cypress String Quartet. The group was noted in San Francisco Classical Voice as “deserving of a wide audience,” and has made a specialty of bringing little-known Russian masterpieces to American audiences.  ViolinistJessica Lingjoins the group for the December concerts with Voci. A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory and a winner of the California Symphony Young Artists prize as well as the UC Berkeley Concerto Competition, Ling brings extensive experience as soloist and chamber musician.  ViolinistMichael Jonesstudied with Jorja Fleezanis while an inaugural member of the San Francisco Youth Orchestra, a long time ago, and with Andor Toth at Stanford.  He also performs with a trio, I Gatti Freschi. ViolistSteve Levintowstudied at Juilliard, where he played alongside the Emerson Quartet’s Larry Dutton in the school orchestra.  This year begins his fifth decade as a chamber and freelance performer.  CellistBrady Andersonjoins the group for the December concerts with Voci.  He is a winner of the UC Berkeley Concerto Competition for 2010. 
Composer Peter Knell(b. 1970), whose work “Passing” is premiered in this concert,
has received awards in numerous national and international competitions, including First Prizes in the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's 10th New Music Festival International Composers Competition, the Indiana State University Contemporary Music Festival/Louisville Orchestra Prize, and the Omaha Symphony Guild International New Music Competition, and Second Prizes in the Fourth International Witold Lutoslawski Composers Competition, the First International Composers' Competition"In Memoriam Zoltán Kodály", and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra's Young Composers Competition.  He has also received a Fulbright Fellowship,a BMI Student Composer Award, two ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composers Awards, grants from the Paloheimo Foundation and Meet the Composer, and commissions from the Fromm Music Foundation/Ying Quartet, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Barlow Endowment for Music Composition, Utah Arts Festival, Pacific Serenades, Oakland East Bay Symphony, and Dale Warland Singers, among others.
Mr. Knell’s music has been performed at the Aspen, Bowdoin, Chautauqua, June in Buffalo, Norfolk, Oregon Bach, Ernest Bloch, New Music North and MATA festivals, by ensembles such as the Hungarian Radio Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra, Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, Filharmonia de Stat “Transilvania”, Winnipeg, Omaha, Richmond, Memphis, and Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestras, the Onyx String Quartet, Verdi Quartett, Southwest Chamber Music, Volti Chamber Chorus, counter)induction, and by soloists including James Dunham, Martin Chalifour, and the German alto Ingeborg Danz.  It has been broadcast nationally in Russia, Canada, Hungary and Finland, as well as in several US cities.  His Seven Last Words, based on paintings of Rolf Stein, is available in a book/CD format from Valve-Hearts, Cologne.  A compact disc featuring his orchestral work, "...the weakening eye of day"in a live performance by the Budapest Symphony Orchestra, is available on the Artisjus label, and a compact disc featuring German pianist Susanne Kessel performing two of his Four Snapshotswas released by OehmsClassics in February 2006.  An upcoming CD of his complete piano music performed by Markus Pawlik is in process.  His orchestral work LINES/ANGLES was the American selection for the ISCM World Music Days 2009 and was performed in September 2009 by the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Mr. Knell holds degrees from Princeton University (BA), the Juilliard School (MM), and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA), and he was a Fulbright Fellow at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland.  His principal composition teachers have included Dan Welcher, Donald Grantham, and David Diamond.  He is currently a freelance composer based in Los Angeles, and he served as Composer-in-Residence for the American Music Festival in Cluj, Romania, in November 2004.
Voci performed Knell's "On a Mountain Path," a setting of five Japanese poems by Matsuo Basho, in May 2009.
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