Viva Voci: Music of Joy and Peace,” an intimate afternoon recital featuring solo and small group
performances. Wine and hors d’oevres will be served. Hear Voci up close and personal
in a lovely private home in Berkeley.
WHEN and WHERE:
Saturday, December 17, 2011, 3:00 PM
1345 Queens Road
Berkeley, CA 94708
$45 donation to Voci.
Available at the door or online at www.vocisings.com
Seating is limited so early paid reservations are advised
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.
The 2011-2012 season marks Voci’s 20th Anniversary. Voci’s Twentieth Anniversary
Gala Concerts, March 24 and 25, 2012, will feature an intriguing and innovative program
of 20th and 21st century works from our past concerts—many written especially for
Voci by some of the most brilliant and original composers writing today, including Ann
Calloway, Steven Clark, Gabriela Frank, Peter Knell, Libby Larsen, David Meckler,
Steven Paulus, and Joan Szymko. The program will also feature the premiere of a major
new work by Voci’s artistic director, Jude Navari.
Voci’s Twentieth Anniversary season will culminate in performances at the
International Tapestry Festival in Vancouver, BC in May 2012. Voci is one of three
women’s choruses in North America selected to perform at the festival, hosted by the
renowned Elektra Women’s Chorus.
This is Jude Navari's twelth 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
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.
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.