Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble, Sunday, February 10

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Women’s Vocal Ensemble

 The Song is You — A Musical Valentine Treat

 You are warmly invited to an intimate afternoon of amorous vocal music to raise funds for Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble

Sunday, February 10, 2013

4:00 PM

Wine and light appetizers will be served

$45 donation to Voci – benefiting our programs

Advance purchase advised

Tickets available from www.vocisings.com or at the door

Voci is a not-for-profit charitable organization

Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law

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Voci Offers Piedmont A Musical Valentine

 Voci Women’s Vocal Ensemble will present “The Song is You,” an intimate afternoon of amorous vocal music on the Valentine’s Day theme of love and desire, at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Feb. 10. A Valentine-themed reception will follow the recital.

The 18-voice Voci ensemble, which last year celebrated its 20th anniversary, is recognized as one of the finest choral groups in the Bay Area.

The Valentine recital, conducted by Jude Navari, will feature songs by Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein and Jerome Kern, Pablo Casals, as well as English Madrigals by Weekles, Liebeslieder Waltzes by Brahms, and other love songs.

“The Song Is You” Program:

Thus Sings My Dearest Jewell- Thomas Weelkes
I Go Before, My Darling – Thomas Morley (duet)
Four Arms, Two Necks, One Wreathing – Thomas Weelkes
Non so più cosa son, cosa faccio – from The Marriage of Figaro – W.A. Mozart (solo)
Voi che sapete – from Marriage of Figaro – W. A. Mozart (solo)
Ah perdona al primo affetto – from La clemenza di Tito – W.A. Mozart
Ich liebe dich – L.V. Beethoven (solo)
Three Love Songs from Liebeslieder Waltzer – Johannes Brahms
“Wie des Abends schöne Röte”
“Vöglein durch-rauscht die Luft”
“Nein Geliebter, setze dich”
Rise Up My Love – Eleanor Daley
Nigra Sum – Pablo Casals
Set Me As A Seal – Rene Claussen
The Dreame – from the film Sense and Sensibility – Patrick Doyle (solo)
The Song Is You – J. Kern; Arr. P. Rutherford (w/bass/percussion)

How Do I Love Thee? – Nathan Christensen (Quartet)
Embraceable You – G. Gershwin; Arr. K. Shaw
That’s All – A.Brandt & B/ Haymes (solo w/bass/percussion)
Let’s Do It – C. Porter; Arr. J. Althouse


Wine and delicious light appetizers will be served.

Voci will continue its amorous theme when it presents “Mighty Aphrodite,” its Spring season concert, Saturday, May 18, 4:00 pm at All Souls Episcopal Parish in Berkeley.

Voci will also perform at Davies Symphony Hall as part of SingersMarin’s 25th Anniversary celebration, April 23, 7:30 pm.

In May of last year, Voci was one of three women’s vocal groups to be invited to participate in the prestigious International Tapestry Festival, hosted by Elektra Women’s Choir in Vancouver.

Voci is already known to the Piedmont community because of its well-received performance celebrating Piedmont resident Kate Buckelew’s art opening at the Center last September.

TICKETS:  $45 donation to Voci – benefiting our programs. Donation includes recital and reception.  Tickets available from vocisings.com or at the door.  Seating is limited, so purchase in advance advised.


Voci is a not-for-profit charitable organization.  Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Voci Women`s Vocal Ensemble, founded in 1991, has won high praise from critics and choral musicians alike for its lush, ethereal quality.  Voci champions music by women and for women, from all parts of the world and every century.  The group’s size of 20-24 voices allows for an unusual intimacy among singers and between chorus and audience.  Voci singers are women who share a passionate love of music, fierce dedication to the ensemble, and deep commitment to the community.

Voci is dedicated to musical excellence in the performance of both new and innovative music as well as treasured repertoire within the classical choral tradition.  Through commissions and premieres of new works by local composers, Voci seeks to encourage, foster and showcase new and rarely performed music in a diverse repertoire.

This is Jude Navari‘s 14th 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.


Accompanist Heather Heise is a classically trained pianist with an interest in art song and twentieth-century contemporary music. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, earned her M.F.A. from Mills College, and has explored electronic music composition at UC Berkeley’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies. Heather investigates the creative process and writes on all aspects of music and performance for her blog In the Wings.








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