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Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland: interview with Jill Riley

by Jill Riley The Current | May 6, 2022 https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2022/05/06/stewart-copeland-police-composer-vocalessence-interview-with-jill-riley Stewart Copeland rose to international renown for his work as a drummer for the innovative rock band, the Police. Beyond his work as a rock drummer, Copeland has also forged a successful career as a composer, creating music for films, television and the stage. He…  Read More

Stewart Copeland

VocalEssence Perform Choir Composition by The Police’s Stewart Copeland

by Steve Marsh Mpls.St.Paul Magazine | May 7, 2022 https://mspmag.com/arts-and-culture/police-drummer-stewart-copeland-vocalessence/  The Police drummer Stewart Copeland is in St. Paul this weekend for the regional premiere of his new chorale piece inspired by Paradise Lost. Courtesy of Shayne Gray Stewart Copeland is in St. Paul this weekend to debut his new chorale piece Satan’s Fall, sung by the vaunted VocalEssence…  Read More

Satan falling with clouds and beams of light

Satan’s Fall Biographies

Jamie Chamberlain, soprano Praised for her “shimmering tones” and “star­ struck vulnerability” by Opera News, Greek-­American Soprano Jamie Chamberlin is recognized for her versatility as both a singer and as an actress. ArtsInLA hailed her role debut as Cunegonde in Long Beach Operaʼs Candide as “jaw­dropping”. Most recently at LBO, Ms. Chamberlin earned rave reviews for her…

In loving memory of Sigrid Johnson (1952—2022)

So many thoughts fill my mind thinking of dear Sigrid, affectionately known to all singers as “Ears Johnson” for she truly had the most amazing way of discerning the sound of each individual voice. For 24 years at VocalEssence she was my colleague, my musical conscience, a joyful supporter for a great realm of music,…

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

By Chris Riemenschneider, Jon Bream and Rob Hubbard  Star Tribune | March 2, 2022 https://www.startribune.com/the-big-gigs-10-concerts-to-see-in-the-twin-cities-dua-lipa-connie-han-kiss-the-tiger-rick-wakeman/600152050/ Live music highlights for March 4-9 include Dua Lipa, First Ave’s Best New Bands, the Beths, VocalEssence and more. Friday, March 4 First Avenue’s Best New Bands: Don’t worry, the two-month postponement of this annual roundup of Minnesota buzzmakers didn’t take away any of…  Read More

Georg Philip Telemann | 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 George Philip Telemann. Georg Philip Telemann 1681-1767 Georg Philip Telemann was a German Baroque composer and multi-instrumentalist. Almost completely self-taught in music, he became a composer against his family’s wishes. After studying in Magdeburg, Zellerfeld,…  Read More

John Joubert | 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 John Joubert. John Joubert 1927-2019 Born in Cape Town in 1927, John Joubert’s compositional career stretched over 70 years. His schooling took place at an Anglican foundation run on the lines of an English public…  Read More

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

By SHEILA REGAN Pioneer Press | December 4, 2021  https://www.twincities.com/2021/12/04/music-review-vocalessence-bach-society-deliver-healthy-dose-of-rejoicing-in-christmas-oratorio/  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

Thank you VocalEssence Interns!

VocalEssence was fortunate to have two fantastic interns this summer: Aaron Schondorf and Blake Wieseler. Each and every voice that contributes to, or participates in our mission is an essential part of our community. We are thrilled to share the projects these two have worked on during their time at VocalEssence. Aaron Schondorf, a Carleton…  Read More

VocalEssence season to include Bob Dylan tour and new composition by the Police’s Stewart Copeland

By ROSS RAIHALA | rraihala@pioneerpress.com Pioneer Press | August 6, 2021 https://www.twincities.com/2021/08/06/vocalessence-season-to-include-bob-dylan-tour-and-new-composition-by-the-polices-stewart-copeland/  “Music Moves Us” is the theme of VocalEssence’s recently announced 2021-22 concert season. The Minneapolis choral music group will return to in-person concerts in a variety of venues. Concerts will also be streamed online free of charge. Season tickets go on sale Aug. 23, with single…  Read More

VocalEssence Returns to In-Person Performance with Music and Dance for the First Concert of Season, ‘Hope Lives Here’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  Jennifer@owl-marketing.com  VOCALESSENCE RETURNS TO IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE WITH MUSIC AND DANCE FOR THE FIRST CONCERT OF SEASON, ‘HOPE LIVES HERE’  Premiere of newly choreographed works of Bernstein and Piazzolla from Minnesota Dance Theatre and world premiere from young talent Gabriel Kahane welcome audiences back to Orchestra Hall—Sat, Oct. 16 MINNEAPOLIS—August 2,…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces Concerts for “Music Moves Us,” 2021-2022 Season

CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERTS FOR “MUSIC MOVES US,” 2021-2022 SEASON  MN Choral Ensemble returns to in-person performances,  while offering additional option of streaming concerts      MINNEAPOLIS—July 31, 2021—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, announces its 2021-2022 concert season, themed “Music Moves Us.” In person concerts will resume, with VocalEssence singers delighted to perform in front of live audiences…  Read More

VocalEssence Vintage Voices Perform Summer Concerts

Sabathani Vintage Voices summer 2021 Concert On June 30, 2021, after nearly 16 months apart, the Sabathani Vintage Voices made their post-pandemic concert debut! Performing for family, friends and neighbors, the singers shared songs and spoken word, including several original poems written by our singers that celebrated the beloved community, coming together in unity, and…  Read More

Transcripción al Español de la Entrevista con Novelli Jurado

Gustavo: Amigos de las ciudades gemelas del estado de Minnesota les saluda Gustavo Mancilla con mucho gusto en esto que es una entrevista especial para conocer a un musico, a un talento local radicado en las ciudades gemelas directamente desde la Ciudad de México. Nuestro amigo Novelli Jurado a quien conocemos desde hace mucho tiempo…