The Collegiate Chorale to Present Works by Philip Glass and Osvaldo Golijov at Carnegie Hall, 2/27

January 25
9:21 2013

Biella Da Costa is one of Venezuela's most acclaimed vocalists. She was awarded the grand national "Premio Nacional del Artista" for "Best New Artist and "Best Female Vocalist by La Casa del Artista of Venezuela. She studied with Francisco Kraus at The Conservatorio Jose Angel Lamas, with Yoshiko Miki and Hilda Breer at the Escuela de Opera de Caracas, and privately with Irene Ebersteins. During the nineties Biella performed with various rock and Latin bands in Caracas until becoming lead vocalist for Casablanca, a popular rock band. Later she discovered the local jazz scene and subsequently formed a jazz band. Since then, Biella has shared the stage with internationally renowned artists such as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Blood Sweat & Tears, Caetano Veloso, David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione and many others. Biella performs extensively in Latin America and has appeared in prestigious jazz festivals and venues throughout Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Holland, Spain, Russia, the United States and Canada. In Venezuela she has performed with the Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar on several occasions. Since November 2000 she has been performing Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos and, since 2006, Ayre and Oceana. Biella has numerous recordings to her credit, "El Sueño" with Casablanca, "Solo Jazz," "Jazz & Blues" and "Biella Da Costa en Navidad", which includes several Venezuelan and international Christmas songs. Biella is also featured on "Monk in The Sun," a tribute to Thelonious Monk released in the U.S. in which she sings Monk's celebrated ballad "Round Midnight." In 2009 she recorded Osvaldo Golijov's La Pasión Según San Marcos. Biella currently teaches at Unearte (Universidad Nacional Experimental de las Artes) in Caracas.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting The Chorale office at (646) 435-9465 or via their website: Single tickets for this concert start at $25. Tickets may also be purchased through the Carnegie Hall Box Office 60 days in advance of each concert and on Carnegie Charge at (212) 247-7800 or Single tickets for all concerts, and for the Fall Gala and Spring Benefit, can be obtained by calling The Collegiate Chorale at (646) 202-9623.

The mission of The Collegiate Chorale, led by Music Director James Bagwell, is to enrich its audiences through innovative programming and exceptional performances of a broad range of vocal music featuring a premier choral ensemble. Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as for commissions and premieres of new works by today's most exciting creative artists. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include: Stephanie Blythe, Victoria Clark, Nathan Gunn, Thomas Hampson, Angela Meade, Kelli O'Hara, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, Bryn Terfel and Deborah Voigt. Last season's highlights included the critically acclaimed concert presentation of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado at Carnegie Hall. In addition to The Chorale's presentations, the chorus performed in five programs during the American Symphony Orchestra's 2011-12 season, sang with the Israel Philharmonic at the Salzburg Festival and in Israel in July 2012, and will return to Verbier in the summer of 2013.

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