Colla Voce: with the voice

Colla Voce Ensemble

Colla Voce is a vocal chamber ensemble of 16 to 20 professional musicians from the Columbia, SC area. Under the direction of Larry Wyatt, Director of Choral Studies at the University of South Carolina, this group presents three to four concerts each year with repertoire ranging from the classics to Broadway. Colla Voce also sponsors music education activities for pre-college and university students.

2015 Spring Concert


Music based on the text of The Diary of Anne Frank

Sunday, February 22, 2015, 3:00 p.m.
St. Peter's Catholic Church, 1529 Assembly St., Columbia, SC 29202

This concert will feature a single work entitled 'Annelies' which is based on the text of the "Diary of Anne Frank" set to music by British composer, James Whitbourn. Described as 'devastatingly beautiful!' David Ehrlich, violin, Ariana Wyatt, soprano, Ben Wyatt, cello, Teresa Ehrlich, piano, Joseph Eller, clarinet, Larry Wyatt, conductor

Tickets: Adults $10 in advance, $15 day of concert, Students $5
Call 803-777-5369 for ticket information

Press News

USC Opera, Colla Voce Draw Crowds, Deliver Excellence

from The Free Times

“the local civic chorus, Colla Voce, embarked on a significant contemporary work by British composer James Whitbourn. Anneliese is a work in 14 movements for chorus, soprano, and chamber instruments based on texts from the diary of Anne Frank. The focus of the work is for remembrance of the horrors of the Holocaust.
Whitbourn' s career has included much work in broadcast media including being composer, conductor and producer. The chorus was beautifully prepared with balanced choral sounds. The instrumentalists were The Avanti Trio — David Ehrlich, violin; Teresa Ehrlich, piano; and Ben Wyatt, cello; plus USC School of Music clarinetist Joseph Eller. Ariana Wyatt, was the soprano.
The 20-voice chorus matched the excellence of the instrumentalists. Whitbourn' s music depends on traditional harmonies with occasional departures into more modern dissonances. While the Anne Frank texts are incredibly moving, Whitbourn' s writing takes voices into ranges where English words are not always easy to sing with good articulation. Yet with such virtuosic accompaniment, the effects of soprano and chorus were often overwhelming.
Colla Voce offers a very specialized opportunity for choral works to be performed, thanks to the leadership of Larry Wyatt, for which our community is most grateful.”

Comments from a recent Colla Voce presentation of this work:

“The concert yesterday was magnificent. My mother and I talked about it all the way home. She remembers reading "The Diary of Anne Frank." We concluded that probably only the power of music could encapsulate such a terribly sad story, during one of history's most horrific events, with extraordinary beauty. We are so glad we came.”

“WHAT A FABULOUS EVENT--the most moving subject/performance/music I have ever heard! thanks for all your efforts. . . and that of Musica Viva!”

“I wanted to let you know that I was at the Anneliese concert, and felt it was amazing. So powerful, and lovely-truly a unique experience. I am so glad you performed this piece, and that I was able to hear it!”

“There are just no words to express the emotional and artistic impact of Sunday's performance. Thank you for it. While it was painful, it was also just so beautiful. ”

“Tim and I wanted to thank you for inviting us to the concert yesterday. It was absolutely fabulous. Tim and I were thoroughly captivated and spoke of it throughout the night. Please extend our very best wishes and thanks to everyone involved. ”

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