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Humorous Holiday Hits Program Notes

DEAR SANTA, HAVE YOU HAD THE MEASLES? Frank Kells, Al Arland, & Al Vann For a number of years the Ensemble Singers appeared with Philip Brunelle on Minnesota Public Radio each December with a program of humorous Christmas music that…  Read more »

Humorous Holiday Hits


Christmas is an amazing season—filled with music that is fantastically gorgeous…or truly tawdry! I have always been drawn to music of this season ever since (as a boy soprano at age 4) I sang “The Birthday of a King” and…  Read more »

VocalEssence wishes listeners a contemporary Christmas with annual holiday concert

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By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune December 5, 2018 — 1:50PM: MUSIC REVIEW: VocalEssence looks to the future with its holiday concert.   Looking back over half a century, there’s an understandable tendency to get all dewy-eyed and…  Read more »

10 best concerts to mark the holidays in choir-crazed Minnesota

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By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune November 30, 2018 — 2:52PM: With so many Minnesota choirs, it can be difficult selecting the perfect concert. Here are 10 great options for the holidays. Minnesota is known as the Land…  Read more »

Holidays have plenty of sweets — sweet vocal harmonies, that is

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By Rob Hubbard November 24, 2018—9:00AM | UPDATED: November 28, 2018—12:28PM: If Yuletide carols being sung by a choir sounds like your ideal holiday elixir, then this is the December for you in the Twin Cities. Vocal harmonies abound, as all of…  Read more »

VocalEssence offers a sweet, homegrown holiday sampler

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By ROB HUBBARD | Special to the Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: December 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm | UPDATED: December 3, 2017 at 5:15 pm When the Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra were both announced as Grammy nominees last week, it served as…  Read more »

Help Fill the Hall this Holiday Season

The Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium, that is. 6,567 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February (1,000 more students than last season!). But here’s the catch … The cost of the VocalEssence WITNESS program and…  Read more »

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