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Heart Songs - Music of the World

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Read the review of Heart Songs in the February 28, 2018 issue of Seven Days.
1. Bashana Haba’ah Nurit Hirsh/arr. Nick Page
2. The Seal Lullaby Eric Whitacre
3. I’m Gonna Sing arr. Lela Anderson
4. Les Étoiles Mark Sirett
5. These Green Mountains D. Martin and R. Buglass Gluck/arr. Dawn Willis
6. My Heart Soars Mark Sirett
7. Ave Verum Gabriel Fauré
8. Chindia Alexandru Pascanu
9. Lullaby Ralph Vaughan Williams
10. And Miriam Sang (Shiru L’Adonai) Zebulon M. Highben
11. Dirait-On Morten Lauridsen
12. Ave Maria Eleanor Daley
13. Wana Baraka arr. Shawn L. Kirchner
14. Esto Les Digo Kinley Lange
15. Watane Mark Sirett
16. Weep No More David N. Childs
17. Jabula Jesu arr. Stephen Hatfield
18. Tantum Ergo Corin Overland
19. El Cielo Canta Alegria! Pablo Sosa/arr. Roger Bergs
Bella Voce, Vermont's premiere women's chorus, is proud to announce the release of its new CD, "Heart Songs - Music of the World!"  A wide breadth of musical selections originating from Argentina, Canada, England, France, Israel, Kenya, Romania and the United States are included.  This 19 track CD features songs by Gabriel Faure, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Eleanor Daley and Mark Sirett. The lyrics are drawn from a variety of sources ranging from a Canadian First Nation poet to revered authors and timeless Latin texts.  

Haunting melodies that linger in the ear along with rich harmonies and driving rhythms that stir the spirit are the essential musical elements that reflect the heart of every culture.  "Heart Songs" features a diverse collection of vibrant vocal dance songs, tender lullabies, and songs of praise from countries across the globe offering a glimpse into the thoughts, hopes, dreams and values of people expressed through their songs.

Produced and Engineered by Peter Engisch, Ad Astra Recording in Williston, VT
Executive Producer: Dawn Willis
Design and Layout: Vikki Day
Cover Design: Vikki Day
Booklet Editing: Nan O’Leary, Sylvia Robison
Recorded in May 2015 at College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, VT
and in May 2016 at First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT

This project was made possible with support from the Argosy Foundation.

© 2017 Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont
This recording is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and mentor Robert De Cormier – composer, arranger, conductor and all-around wonderful person. We will treasure all the meaningful musical experiences we shared with him.
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Bella Voce Artistic Director Dawn Willis with Louise and Robert De Cormier and Bella Voce in 2013.