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VocalEssence plans imaginative 50th-anniversary season; 23rd Annual Art-A-Whirl in northeast

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By Pamela Espeland | 08:32 am If you saw yesterday’s Artscape and Theater Latté Da’s season announcement, you already know part of VocalEssence’s big 50th-anniversary reveal: a collaboration with Latté Da. But that’s the tip of the iceberg (this is the North, after all) of…  Read more »

Big gigs for the week of Nov. 2-8, also including Josh Groban, Lee Ann Womack, Okee Dokee Brothers and Cole Swindell.

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By Jon Bream and Chris Riemenschneider November 1, 2018 — 4:20PM: Josh Groban: Even though he’s co-starring as a detective in the new Netflix series “The Good Cop,” Groban hasn’t abandoned his music career. The adult-pop star with classical chops, Broadway credits and plenty…  Read more »

VocalEssence sounds festive at 50th anniversary concert

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by Terry Blain October 8, 2018: Review: A high-energy anniversary concert revisited the ensemble’s greatest hits. In the beginning, there was Aaron Copland. Fifty years ago, Philip Brunelle invited the iconic American composer to conduct his newly formed choir at Plymouth…  Read more »

50th Anniversary Concert a BIG Success

The 50th Anniversary Concert and Dinner on October 7, 2018 was an evening filled with special moments. Governor Dayton proclaimed it VocalEssence Together We Sing Day. Senator Tina Smith began the festivities with a beautiful tribute to the organization. Acclaimed…  Read more »

VocalEssence celebrates 50 years of making musical bridges — and that first boost from Aaron Copland

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by Kathy Berdan October 4, 2018: Harmony through harmony. That’s a good description of what Twin Cities choral stalwart VocalEssence has been doing for half a century. Founder and director Philip Brunelle and the group’s 30-member professional Ensemble Singers recently returned…  Read more »

Strategic Plan 2018-2020

As we begin our 50th year, we celebrate our recognition not only locally and regionally, but nationally and internationally for innovation, leadership, and advancement of this art form. Within the strength of our position as a leader in this field,…  Read more »

MPR: 50th Anniversary Concert Broadcast


Did you miss our nearly sold-out 50th Anniversary Concert at the Ordway on October 7, 2018? Hear a two-hour special of the performance on Classical Minnesota Public Radio on Monday, November 19, 2018 at 7 PM CST. Live Stream Click…  Read more »


Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4:00 PM Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers Orchestra Dessa Bradley Greenwald Maria Jette Clara Osowski Don Shelby Vern Sutton Pop Wagner Roll out the red carpet and stroll down memory…  Read more »

50th Anniversary Concert & Dinner

It wouldn’t be the same without you! VocalEssence invites you to join us at the 50th Anniversary Concert & Dinner As a member of our inner circle, we are giving you an opportunity to purchase single tickets to these two events…  Read more »

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