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From Reviews to Reflections, Powerful ‘Dreams of the Fallen’ Resonates Deeply

Exquisite, moving, and remarkable are words that have been used to describe the VocalEssence Dreams of the Fallen concert on Sunday, October 11 at the O’Shaughnessy, performed by the VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Biegel and Maria Jette, and featuring the Midwest premiere of Jake Runestad’s Dreams of the Fallen.…  Read More

A postage stamp printed in red featuring an image of a woman and an apple tree with the words “Kristina from Duvemala” in Swedish and 15 cents with a black ink circle stamp that says, “TAYLORS FALLS MINN. JUN 25 1860.”

CONCERT: The Concert Version of the Musical Kristina

Oct 26 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for the musical journey of Kristina Nilsson and her family, brought to life by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson, the legendary songwriters of ABBA. Based on Vilhelm Moberg’s The Emigrants, this concert version of the musical chronicles the Nilsson family and their courageous journey from the harsh realities of mid-19th century Sweden to…

VocalEssence and Bach Society of MN make beautiful music together in Christmas concert

December 16, 2023 by Rob Hubbard | Special to the Star Tribune https://www.startribune.com/review-vocalessence-and-bach-society-of-mn-make-beautiful-music-together-in-christmas-concert/600328759/ The two talented sets of musicians collaborated on three cantatas from J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” Ask leaders of Twin Cities arts organizations, “What changed during COVID?” and you’ll often hear the word, “collaboration.” Groups that once considered themselves competitors started having conversations…  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

Winter Classic between Wild, Blues to celebrate ‘State of Hockey’

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL December 16, 2021 https://www.nhl.com/news/2022-winter-classic-to-celebrate-state-of-hockey/c-329066106 U.S. women’s Olympic team will be named; eight pond hockey rinks part of outdoor game NEW YORK — Minnesota’s exalted status as the ‘State of Hockey’ will be the centerpiece of the revelry surrounding the 2022 Discover NHL Winter Classic®, the sold-out New Year’s Day outdoor matchup between…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors – February 2021

Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III are hard at work this month preparing for a multitude of upcoming performances. Philip Brunelle The month of February is filled with rehearsals for our next concert, Call of the North; how wonderful to have the Ensemble Singers back together! The concert (to be…  Read More

VESOTA Presents ‘Creative Connections’

When the “shelter at home” paradigm began back in March, VESOTA sprang into action with their “Sounds Of Hope” videos, spreading compassion through individual performances on social media when we could not do so together. Since then, they have been engaged in a project we’re calling Creative Connections. Creative Connections was developed by VESOTA’s leadership…  Read More

Memories from Conductors – April 2020

We asked Artistic Director Philip Brunelle what past concert brings him joy during this topsy turvy time and below is his response. “Obviously, out of hundreds of concerts it is difficult for me to select one concert—but I would choose the concert on March 9, 1974 when we performed the premiere of Dominick Argento’s’ cantata,…  Read More

Postcards from Mexico-Day 3

TUESDAY 8/27/2019 Hands   We each went our own ways this morning and early afternoon. Some visited Frieda Kahlo’s house Casa Azul, some the Museo Nacional de Antropología, and some Castillo de Chapultepec. There is no end to the beauty and wonders of Mexico City. At 3:30 we put on our concert clothes and piled…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (SOTA)

The singers from the VocalEssence Youth Choir recently announced themselves to the local community using their official name: VocalEssence Singers Of This Age, or SOTA, for short. Since this is the inaugural year for the diverse choir, with students from all over the Twin Cities, the students were given the task naming the group. “During…  Read More

Langston Hughes and The Harlem Renaissance Revived in VocalEssence WITNESS: Of Such I Dream

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   LANGSTON HUGHES AND THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE REVIVED IN VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: OF SUCH I DREAM Celebrate jazz poet and activist Langston Hughes at the world premiere of William Banfield’s ‘I Trust Harlem Is Still There’ and the debut of new VocalEssence Youth Choir—February 18 MINNEAPOLIS—October 2017—Our dreams inspire our actions and…  Read More

VocalEssence Brings Mark Twain Back to Life—Again

  CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com VOCALESSENCE BRINGS MARK TWAIN BACK TO LIFE—AGAIN Minneapolis-based choral ensemble and Don Shelby reunite for “River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain” Jan. 29 in Moorhead, Minn. MINNEAPOLIS — January 1, 2016 — Ever dreamed of journeying down the Mississippi River just like Huckleberry Finn? Grab your paddle for the…  Read More