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CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 NORTHERN MINNESOTA GETS A SONG AND STORY-FILLED VISIT FROM MARK TWAIN AND VOCALESSENCE Don Shelby reunites with choral ensemble plus fiddler Sara Pajunen for “River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain Northern Minnesota Tour” —April 4-8             MINNEAPOLIS — February 1, 2018 — Even in the land of 10,000 lakes,…  Read More

Where in the World are the Conductors—February 2018

Our conductors had a great time with VocalEssence WITNESS: Of Such I Dream and the debut of the new youth choir, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (SOTA). But there’s always another adventure around the corner for Artistic Director Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III. Philip Brunelle will be escaping to warmer quarters…  Read More

VocalEssence Brings Mark Twain Back to Life—Again

  CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 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

Star Tribune: L’Homme Dieu opens theater season at Alexandria: L’Homme Dieu is an outpost of the civilized arts amid the natural beauty of summer in Minnesota.

By Graydon Royce Star Tribune July 2, 2015 — 3:00 pm Video (03:27): It takes Don Shelby two hours to transform into Mark Twain for the L’Homme Dieu Theatre production of River Songs with Mark Twain in Alexandria, Minn. Alexandria, Minn. – The show started about midnight. High above the campfire audience at Theatre L’Homme…  Read More