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OLLI CLASS: The Mendelssohns

Oct 13 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

VocalEssence is opening its 54th season with the music of Felix Mendelssohn and his equally talented, but lesser known sister, Fanny. Join Philip Brunelle and special guest soloists, Maria Jette and Nicholas Chalmers as they present excerpts of music of both Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn that will be featured at The Mendelssohns concert. In order…  Read More

Moira Smiley poses holding a banjo

CONCERT: Singing the World Awake

May 12, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Awaken your spirit with the sounds and colors of performances by the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age. Experience sounds from near and far, exploring music of Denmark, Haiti, Mexico, the United States, and more, featuring composer and guest artist, Moira Smiley, whose style has been described as genre bending “mixing Bartok…

Montserrat Boy Choir members in cassocks singing

CONCERT: Montserrat Boy Choir

Nov 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Perched atop a mountain near Barcelona, the choir of the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious boy choirs. For the first time in their 800-year history, the choir will make its Midwest premiere at a space worthy of their soaring voices, the majestic Basilica of Saint…

2022-2023 SEASON PRESS PHOTOS

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VocalEssence Singers Of This Age perform at Westminster Town Hall Forum

The VocalEssence Singers Of This Age were invited to perform at the second annual Arc Toward Justice program at the last Westminster Town Hall Forum of the season on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The event featured Michele Norris and Yamiche Alcindor who discuss all that has happened in the two years since the murder of George Floyd. The…  Read More

Stewart Copeland

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

by Chris Riemenschneider, Jon Bream, Rob Hubbard and Britt Robson Star Tribune | MAY 4, 2022 https://www.startribune.com/10-concerts-twin-cities-justin-bieber-interpol-snoh-aalegrea-stewart-copeland-janiva-magness/600170378/?refresh=true  Concert highlights for May 5-11 include the Biebs, Interpol, Snoh Aalegrea, Tai Verdes and the Under the Canopy series kickoff. Thursday, May 5 Under the Canopy kickoff: Conceived and warmly received as a safe, diverse, community-oriented outdoor music option…  Read More

WITNESS: Rejoice! Young People’s Concert

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Hiram Titus | 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 Hiram Titus. Hiram Titus 1947-2013 Minnesota composer Hiram Titus was associated with many local and regional theaters including the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater where he was Composer in Residence for four years.…  Read More

Srul Irving Glick | 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 Srul Irving Glick. Srul Irving Glick 1934-2002 Srul Irving Glick was one of Canada’s most prominent and prolific composers having written in most major forms including chamber, oratorio, orchestral, vocal, and choral. Born in 1934,…  Read More

Celebrate the Season with Bach’s Christmas Oratorio at the Basilica

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   CONTACTS:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556   Jennifer@owl-marketing.com     Randi Ericksen  612-440-6219  randi@bachsocietymn.org CELEBRATE THE SEASON WITH BACH’S CHRISTMAS ORATORIO AT THE BASILICA  VocalEssence and The Bach Society of Minnesota team up to perform holiday masterwork—December 3  MINNEAPOLIS—September 17, 2021—The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota (BSM) will collaborate on a concert performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in a stunning setting, at…  Read More

Gottfried Homilius | 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 Gottfried Homilius. Gottfried Homilius 1714-1785 The industrious German composer and organist, Gottfried Homilius, was known for his larger church works which, in the latter part of the 18th century ranked very high. He enrolled at…  Read More

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

by: Mary Ann Grossmann  Pioneer Press | March 25, 2021 https://www.twincities.com/2021/03/25/vocalessence-uses-poetry-and-music-to-create-call-of-the-north/ 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

Ann Lowe | Women’s History Month with GPS

On this Tuesday edition of Take 5, GPS highlights the contributions of Ann Lowe, first African American to be recognized as a fashion designer. Lowe’s one-of-a-kind designs were a favorite among high society matrons from the 1920s to the 1960s. Our musical pairing is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.…  Read More

Alexandre Guilmant | 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 Alexandre Guilmant. Alexandre Guilmant 1837-1911 Alexandre Guilmant is a French composer, organist, and teacher, and editor. The son of Jean-Baptiste Guilmant, organist of St. Nicolas, he received harmony lessons from Gustav Carulli. Devoted to the…  Read More

Camille Saint-Saëns | 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 Camille Saint-Saëns. Camille Saint-Saëns 1835-1921 Camille Saint-Saëns was a French composer, pianist, organist and writer known for brilliant craftsmanship, versatility, and prolific compositions contributing to every genre of French music. He was taught the piano…  Read More