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Music review: VocalEssence, Bach Society deliver healthy dose of rejoicing in ‘Christmas Oratorio’

By SHEILA REGAN Pioneer Press | December 4, 2021  Decked out with birch trees and wreaths, the Basilica of Saint Mary in downtown Minneapolis brought in the Christmas season when the combined forces of VocalEssence and the Bach Society of Minnesota presented four of the six Cantatas that make up Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” Situated…  Read More

Violin in front of sheet music with pine, red berries, and red ornaments

Holiday Arts Guide: Classical music’s carols and melodies bring sense of togetherness

By Sheila Regan Pioneer Press | November 27, 2021 Sing along with the Minnesota Chorale on Handel’s Messiah. (Courtesy photo) After the COVID-19 Grinch stole Christmas last year, the festive spirit comes roaring back better than ever. Whether you survived on Classical music Zoom performances to get your holiday fix or forewent concert music…  Read More

VocalEssence uses poetry and music to create ‘Call of the North’

by: Mary Ann Grossmann  Pioneer Press | March 25, 2021 VocalEssence features Minnesota music and poetry in “Call of the North.” (Photo by Ethan Johnson) Minnesota poetry and music come together in “Call of the North,” an online-only concert featuring VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, which premieres at 4 p.m. March 28 and will be available…  Read More