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Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST PUBLISHED: December 4, 2020 Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota Dr. Anton Armstrong conducting the Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra during the 2019 Christmas Festival. Courtesy of St. Olaf College And suddenly it’s December. Hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the first…  Read More


Arthur Honegger | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Arthur Honegger. Arthur Honegger 1892-1955 Arthur Honegger was born to Swiss parents, but spent much of his life composing in Paris. As a child, he studied violin and harmony privately in Le Havre and spent…  Read More

Weekend Best Bets: June 18-21

This weekend: Juneteenth celebrations, online Midsommar festival, Electric Fetus sale, Father’s Day Motor Show, and more By Tally Shaver | Minnesota Monthly Published: JUNE 17, 2020 Melanie DeMore, a song leader for Sunday’s Father’s Day SingalongKYNDELL HARKNESS Minnesota Arboretum Hosts Weekly Storytime & Crafts What: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Storytime & Crafts at Home When: Every…  Read More

‘Twelfth Night’ at the Guthrie is pure joy; Russian Renaissance at Aria

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST Published: FEBRUARY 18, 2020 — 9:17AM ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Guthrie is pure joy; Russian Renaissance at Aria Photo by Dan Norman Emily Gunyou Halaas, Sun Mee Chomet and Michael Hanna in “Twelfth Night.”   The Guthrie’s new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” is pure joy. Filled with live music, movement and color,…  Read More

Yellow Tree, Lyric Arts, Artistry: 2019-20 lineups

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost April 24, 2019: Photo by Guy Magno A scene from a previous production of “Another Miracle on Christmas Lake.” Take a break from downtown parking woes … in both cities. Good theater happens in places that have ample free parking just outside the door. Three robust theater companies have recently…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS: Fast Facts

The School Program The VocalEssence WITNESS School Program is an exciting opportunity for Minnesota students and teachers to learn more about the contributions African Americans have made, and are making, to the fine arts. This program is recommended for students in grades 4-12, is open to all classrooms and subject areas, and includes: Two free school workshop…  Read More

River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain: Alexandria Tour Delights Onstage and Off

From the full houses for six performances June 23-28, 2015, to relaxation on the water and community engagement, the River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain: Alexandria Tour offered the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers a wonderful time in residence at Theatre L’Homme Dieu in Alexandria, Minnesota. The Star Tribune published an in-depth article on the theater…  Read More

VocalEssence WITNESS

VocalEssence WITNESS is one of the nation’s premier initiatives celebrating the contributions of African Americans to our shared American heritage through concerts, recordings and comprehensive educational programs. Please visit the VocalEssence WITNESS Program History page to learn more about the background and inspiration behind the program. VocalEssence WITNESS School Program offers online workshops with experienced Teaching…  Read More