Recordings - VocalEssence

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    Behold This Heavenly Night

    VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus Philip Brunelle, conductor in 1998, VocalEssence and the American Composers Forum joined forces to offer an annual contest encouraging the composition of new carols. Over the years hundreds of worthy carols have been submitted. “Behold …  Read more »

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    Dame Ethel Smyth: Mass in D

    Eiddwen Harrhy, soprano; Janis Hardy, alto; Dan Dressen, tenor; James Bohn, bass; Chorus of the Plymouth Music Series with orchestra; Philip Brunelle, conductor. British feminist Ethel Smyth’s epic Mass in D (1891, revised 1925), Mrs Waters’ Aria from her comic …  Read more »

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    Dance Like the Wind: Music of Today’s Black Composers

    Thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern composers spans the range of expression from solo cello to chorus, from jazz ensemble to woodwind quintet. Anthony Elliott, cello; Yolanda Williams, Dan Dressen, Maria Jette, soloists; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with …  Read more »

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    Eric Whitacre Extravaganza — Live Concert Recording

    Hear the world premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Nox Aurumque on this uniqute live recording of the complete “Eric Whitacre Extravaganza” concert. Choral superstar Eric Whitacre conducts the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, joined by The St. Olaf Choir and the …  Read more »

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    From the Land of Sky Blue Waters

    In 2011, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers criss-crossed Minnesota via historic Highway 23 to share with the state’s citizens the music of its choral composers, its singer-songwriters and the songs being sung by the people who have made Minnesota their home …  Read more »

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    Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age

    Vibrant music from the crossroads — South and North, African and American, church and street — characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930. Jearlyn Steele, soprano; Michael Forest, tenor; Paul Shaw, piano; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra; Philip …  Read more »

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    Gratitude, Gravy & Garrison

    Storyteller Garrison Keillor and conductor Philip Brunelle lead a harmonious celebration of all things Thanksgiving with the melodious voices of the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers and their special guests, singer Jearlyn Steele and pianist Richard Dworsky. Along the way …  Read more »

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    Hymn to Potatoes

    Hymn to Potatoes (and other choral masterworks from A Prairie Home Companion) featuring Garrison Keillor and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers Who knew a choir could be this funny? Garrison Keillor, Philip Brunelle and the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers dish up a …  Read more »

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    Over the River and Through the Woods

    VocalEssence, Garrison Keillor and The Hopeful Gospel Quartet On November 23, 2004, the Hopeful Gospel Quartet — Garrison Keillor, Mollie O’Brien and Robin & Linda Williams — traded musical moments with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers in a concert …  Read more »

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    Paul Bunyan — 2 CD Set

    Benjamin Britten, W. H. Auden James Lawless, Pop Wagner, Elisabeth Comeaux, Dan Dressen, Vern Sutton, soloists; Plymouth Music Series Festival Chorus with orchestra; Philip Brunelle, conductor. Winner of the 1988 British Gramophone Award for Best Opera Recording.

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    Skyward My People Rose: Music of William Grant Still

    William Grant Still’s music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era. William Warfield, narrator; Hilda Harris, Yolanda Williams, soloists; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers …  Read more »

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    The Songs We Sang — Favorite American Folksongs

    Clarion CLR932CD Reflecting our shared American heritage like a patchwork quilt, this is a charming collection of folksongs performed by conductor Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano. Classic arrangements by the …  Read more »

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    The Tender Land — 2 CD Set

    Elisabeth Comeaux, Janis Hardy, LeRoy Lehr, James Bohn; Plymouth Music Series Festival Chorus with orchestra; Philip Brunelle, conductor. Aaron Copland’s opera examines coming of age in the 1930s. “From the party scene to the soaring love duet, The Tender Land …  Read more »

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    The WITNESS Collection (4-CD Set)

    VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers — the soul of American classical music. “In this ground-breaking series of recordings, Philip Brunelle and the artistic forces of VocalEssence have championed the nearly forgotten artistry of the …  Read more »

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    The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass

    Clarion CLR931CD The world premiere recording of Carol Barnett and Marisha Chamberlain’s bluegrass mass — a joyful affirmation of life expressed in sophisticated choral sound and jubilant bluegrass harmonies written especially for the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and bluegrass band Monroe …  Read more »

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