Romance in E minor

Friday, October 19, 2012 at 8 pm

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers with orchestra
Helmuth Rilling, guest conductor


Deepen the beauty and ardor of fall in Minnesota with Romance in E minor, featuring the romantic composers Mendelssohn Bruckner. The iconic interpreter of this music, Helmuth Rilling, makes his return as our guest conductor, bringing his unique brand of passion and precision. Don your favorite fall sweater and join us for an evening of autumn artistry.

The first half of the concert will feature the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers in motets of Bruckner and Mendelssohn, varying in style and demanding in their vocal and dramatic ranges. In the second half the combined voices of the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers will perform Anton Bruckner’s Mass in e minor. Regarded as one of the most important choral works of the 19th century, this mass is unique in that the orchestra is comprised only of woodwind and brass instruments — no strings, no organ, no percussion.

This is a rare and thrilling opportunity to see one of the world’s leading interpreters of German repertoire conducting glorious music in one of Minnesota’s most spectacular settings!

The Program

Four motets of Anton Bruckner

Locus iste
Os justi
Christus factus est
Ecce Sacerdos


Two motets of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Richte mich, Gott (Psalm 43)
Mein Gott, Warum hast du mich Verlassen (Psalm 22)


Anton Bruckner
Mass No. 2 in E minor

philip_brunelle_intro-_romance_in_e_minor.mp33.06 MB
bruckner-_gloria.mp32.35 MB
romance-program-final.pdf4.2 MB