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About our Spring 2010 concerts:



Songs Eternity:

Musical Contemplations on Time and Space



Jude Navari, Conductor
Edna Huelsenbeck, Assistant Conductor


Featuring pianist Sharon Lee



These beautiful concerts featured works by Gustav Holst, Daniel Pinkham, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen, and Alice Parker, including several settings of poems by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.





About our Fall 2009 concerts:


Voices in Peace IX: 

   The Greenest Branch

Mostly Medieval Marian music

      with Romantic and Twentieth-Century offshoots


Featuring Francis Poulenc`s "Litanies a la Vierge Noire," Emma Lou Diemer`s "Hail, O Greenest Branch," masses by Benjamin Britten and Josef Rheinberger, and Medieval chant, conductus, English carols, and French chansons.


Jude Navari, Conductor

Edna Huelsenbeck, Assistant Conductor

Sharon Lee, Piano

with guest organist, Matthew Walsh 

Read an interview with Voci Artistic Director Jude Navari regarding this concert season.

Read about us in the Berkeley Daily Planet!




Voci`s Spring 2008 Performances in Review...


Laudate Pueri:

     Baroque and Classical Music for Treble Voices

Jude Navari, Conductor

Edna Huelsenbeck, Assistant Conductor

Heather Heise, Piano & Organ

The Jupiter Quartet, Guest Artists

Saturday, May 10, 2008, 4:00 pm
Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, Oakland

Sunday, May 18, 2008, 4:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, Kensington

Voci`s spring season featured sacred music written for young and treble voices, including Dresden Baroque composer Adolf Hasse`s "Miserere," composed for the girls of the Venetian Ospedali convent, and Johann Michael Haydn`s "Mass for the Feast of the Holy Innocents," written for the boy choristers of the Saltzburg cathedral.  We also showcased several lesser-known, stunning compositions by female composers from the Baroque and Classical periods, including Margarita Cozzolani, Marianna Martines and Lucretia Vizzana. 

We were thrilled to be joined throughout the concert by the fabulous Jupiter Quartet.  The Quartet was co-founded by Michael Jones and Steve Levintow in 1997, and performs classical string quartet repertoire throughout the Bay Area several times a year. 

Victor Romasevich (first violin) was born in Minsk, Belarus, and as a youth studied with Rostislav Dubinsky of the famed Borodin Quartet. He continued his training at the Moscow Conservatory and, following his emigration to the United States in 1977, at Juilliard with Ivan Galamian. In 1979 he became a violin and viola pupil of the composer and philosopher Iosif Andriasov. Winner of the Gina Bachauer Prize at the 1985 J.S. Bach International Competition, Mr. Romasevich joined the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra as Associate Principal Violist in 1990 and in 1992 moved to the First Violin section. He joined the Jupiter Quartet in 2002.


Michael Jones (second violin) grew up in San Francisco, studying with Jorja Fleezanis and later with Andor Toth while at Stanford.  With pianist John Burke and cellist Gwyneth Davis, he performs in the trio known as I Gatti Freschi. He co-founded the Jupiter Quartet in 1997, along with Steve Levintow.


Steve Levintow (viola) studied with Paul Doktor at Juilliard.  He is a veteran of four decades on the Northern California gig circuit, with a repertoire extending from Arensky to Zemlinsky and covering just about every composer in between. 


Robert Howard (cello) completed his undergraduate study at Rice University in Houston, Texas and received an Artist Certificate in chamber music from the San Francisco Conservatory. Robert has performed at numerous music festivals including Tanglewood, Spoleto, and the Sandor Vegh Academy in Prague. Robert has performed in master classes for Lynn Harrell, Antonio Meneses, Bernard Greenhouse, and Yo-yo Ma.  He first appeared with the Jupiter Quartet for a program of cello quintets, in 2007.


Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Spring House Concert and Fundraiser - it was a great success!  For those who missed it, be sure to sign up for our e-list to get your online invitation next year.



(Welcome Spring!)

Voci House Concert and Fundraiser, March 2008

On March 9, fifty guests enjoyed an intimate musical afternoon at a lovely home in Piedmont, gazing out at a fabulous view of Oakland and San Francisco on a gorgeous warm spring day.  The atmosphere was a perfect compliment to our theme of welcoming spring!  We were joined in the middle of the program by David McLean and Javad Butah, who provided a spirited performance on Flamenco Guitar and Tabla. 


Guests were also treated to fabulous tapas appetizers, conjured up by members of Voci, along with contributions from Poulet and The Cheese Board of Berkeley, and wine donated by Edmunds St. John.  Many thanks to our hosts for opening their lovely home to us.


The intimate setting of our spring house concerts is always a highlight, and this year was a great continuation of that sprit.  Thank you to everyone who joined us, and for those who missed it, we hope you will join us next year! 






Voci`s Fall 2007 Performances in Review...

Jude Navari, Conductor


Winter Stillness

        Celebrating the quiet beauty of the season...


In December, Voci presented the seventh season of its Voices in Peace series: Voices in Peace VII: Winter Stillness, celebrating the quiet beauty of the season.  Our performances were very well received, with some audience members coming back for a second listen!   Attendees had particular praise for Jude Navariís adventurous programming, the virtuosity of percussionist William Winant and flutist Amelia Archer and Vociís technical mastery.  Read the review by the San Francisco Classical Voice.


The concerts featured Vincent Persichetti`s spare and stunning "Winter Cantata" for Women`s Chorus, Flute and Marimba, based on Japanese Haiku, along with works by Debussy, Elgar, Nelson, Szymko, Weir and others.  Performances were held at Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, Oakland, St Mary Magdelen Parish, Berkeley, and Old First Church, San Francisco (part of the Old First Concerts series).


Throughout the program, Voci was accompanied by well-known Bay Area percussionist William Winant and flutist Amelia Archer.  In addition to the Persichetti, other accompanied works included Judith Weir`s  "Little Tree," a delicate musical meditation for the season based on poetry by e.e.cummings; and two selections from Joan Szymko`s "This Wonderful Feeling," featuring uplifting musical ruminations on quiet and darkness, drawn from poetry written by elementary school children.  Selections from Ron Nelson`s "Three Settings of the Moon," based on poems by Thomas E. Ahlburn, offered shimmering musical reflections on the moon in winter. 


Other program highlights included Edward Elgar`s "The Snow" and Paula Foley Tillen`s cheerful "December."  Two works by Claude Debussy, including the rarely-heard impressionist "Les Angelus," Samuel Barber`s "Twelfth Night" arranged for Voci by Ed Cohen, and a new arrangement of "Avinu Malkeinu" by Voci`s own Judy Margulis, rounded out the performance.  This concert was the seventh in Voci`s annual Voices in Peace concert series, which seeks to provide inspiration on a path to peace, in the spirit and harmony of the holiday season. 





Voci`s Spring 2007 Performances in Review...

Judit Hartyanyi, Guest Conductor


Songs of Heavenly and Earthly Love  --  May 19 & 20

Celebrating the Hungarian vocal tradition


Voci wowed audiences with our sound as we celebrated the Hungarian vocal tradition in our spring concert series, Songs of Heavenly and Earthly Love.  The concerts showcased the rich and varied Hungarian choral repertoire and method that have long been an inspiration for the world`s choral community.  The concert explored themes of sacred and earthly love, with works by well-known Hungarian masters Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly, as well as distinguished contemporary composers Erzsebet Szonyi, Miklos Kocsar, Gyorgy Orban and Andras Feher. Voci performed the world premiere of Feher`s stunning new work, LXXV, and rounded out the program with favorites by Brahms, Faure, Elgar, Goetze, and others.


Read more about this concert...




Voice of Nations -- May 5


Voci and Holy Names University`s Chamber Singers sang together on the Holy Name campus, presenting a fabulous vocal tour of music from around the world.  The concert was one of many being performed as part of a world-wide commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Zoltan Kodaly`s birth.


The concert featured original compositions and arrangements of 20th century music, beginning with a welcome from Hungary, and then traveling through Europe (France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Estonia), up through England, over to the New World (U.S., Canada and Venezuela) and heading east through the Philippines before returning to close where it began, in Hungary. 


The Kodaly Center at Holy Names University is internationally recognized as one of the major centers for Kodaly music education in North America.  For more information about the Center, including summer institutes and the graduate music program, click here.


How Can We Keep from Singing? -- March 18
Voci`s 2007 House Concert and Fundraiser

Over 50 guests were treated to a spectacular afternoon of music from around the world at Voci`s 4th annual house concert.  The lively program included folksongs from Hungary, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Wales and Brazil, three versions of Ave Maria by Brahms, Kodaly and Gregorian tradition, and a challenging piece by Hungarian composer Erzsebet Szonyi.  The afternoon also included a fabulous guest appearance by Arwen Lawrence and Jorge Liceaga, two members of Cascada de Flores, a folk group that celebrates the traditional music of Mexico and Cuba. Following the performance, guests were treated to an English tea, complete with scones, strawberries and cream. 

The afternoon was Voci`s first appearance under guest conductor Judit Hartyanyi, and both received high praise from audience members.  The event was also a financial success, with contributions exceeding our goal.  This popular event allows Voci to continue our tradition of bringing high quality women`s choral music to the Bay Area.  Thank you to everyone involved!
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