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Welcome Christmas 2022 PARKING INFORMATION

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION FOR NORTHROP PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY! Northrop is located in the heart of a vibrant, active campus and other scheduled events often impact traffic and parking availability. Reserve Your Spot: Purchase parking in advance in the Church Street Garage adjacent to Northrop. (Limited Availability) If you have not pre-purchased parking we recommend…

VocalEssence Opens Its 55th Season, Together We Sing

October 1, 2023 By Robert Atendido | Twin Cities Geek VocalEssence, the noted Twin Cities choral institution of which I happen to be a member, will be starting its 55th season, Together We Sing, in late October. We have started rehearsals already, and we are preparing both choral classics and new music to delight…  Read More

Celebrate our 125th Anniversary with Music from Norway’s Top Composer

Sons of Norway Blog | October 10th, 2019​​​​​​​ As part of the celebration for our upcoming 125th Anniversary in 2020, Sons of Norway has commissioned a musical work from renowned Norwegian composer Kim Andre Arneson. Just in time for Christmas, this new work will have its world premiere in a series of four performances in…  Read More

VocalEssence Affirms Community Bonds in Concert— ‘Hope Renewed’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE AFFIRMS COMMUNITY BONDS IN CONCERT—‘HOPE RENEWED’ The season wraps up with a joyous call to renew the spirit–Ted Mann Concert Hall, May 3 MINNEAPOLIS, March 31, 2024—Building a community requires taking the risk of reaching out to one another, and VocalEssence celebrates the emotion at the…  Read More

Weekend picks: Get your ghoul on at ‘The Haunted Avalon’ and with Sparkle Theatricals; get real-life scared contemplating a post-Roe world

October 26, 2023 By Sheila Regan | MinnPost Plus: VocalEssence performs with the St. Olaf Choir; a Hmong-American exhibit of art in different mediums in the east metro, and a Halloween puppet extravaganza on the Midtown Greenway. Halloween approaches and Twin Cities arts organizations are ready. Whether you’re in the mood for immersive outdoor puppetry, ghoulish…  Read More

VocalEssence and The Bach Society Of Minnesota to Present Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio in December

September 2, 2023 by Blair Ingenthron | Broadway World There will be two opportunities to enjoy Bach’s retelling of the traditional Christmas story, December 15 and 16. Old friends and past collaborators the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota will join once again to present  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. There will be two opportunities to enjoy…  Read More

Songwriter & Activist Melanie DeMore Returns to Minnesota for VocalEssence WITNESS: Leading with Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  SONGWRITER & ACTIVIST MELANIE DEMORE RETURNS TO MINNESOTA FOR VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: LEADING WITH LOVE WITNESS, the annual initiative celebrating Black contributions to American arts, will culminate in concert at Orchestra Hall–March 17  MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Taking that first step forward can be scary when you’re unsure if anyone…  Read More

VocalEssence Founder Philip Brunelle Celebrates Two Milestones with Concert Featuring Music of His Most Beloved Composers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE FOUNDER PHILIP BRUNELLE CELEBRATES TWO MILESTONES WITH CONCERT FEATURING MUSIC OF HIS MOST BELOVED COMPOSERS “Philip’s Favorites” concert features music from Dominick Argento, John Rutter, Libby Larsen, and more old friends–at the American Swedish Institute, Feb. 4th MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Singing and birthday celebrations go together like…  Read More

Share in Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio with VocalEssence and the Bach Society of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Jennifer Weismann VocalEssence 612-716-0556 Pam McCarthy-Kern Bach Society of MN 612-360-0647 SHARE IN BACH’S JOYOUS CHRISTMAS ORATORIO WITH VOCALESSENCE AND THE BACH SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA Two concerts, in St. Louis Park and St. Paul, celebrate Bach’s masterwork with thrilling vocals and stunning instrumentation–Dec 15 & 16  MINNEAPOLIS—September 27, 2023—Old…  Read More

The Best Sound of the Season? Four VocalEssence Choirs Bidding One and All to ‘Welcome Christmas’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 THE BEST SOUND OF THE SEASON? FOUR VOCALESSENCE CHOIRS BIDDING ONE AND ALL TO ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’! Holiday concert of familiar carols and new compositions returns to Northrop–Dec. 9 & 10 MINNEAPOLIS—August 24, 2023—The vast space of Northrop might find itself struggling to contain the Christmas spirit growing…  Read More

VocalEssence and the St Olaf Choir in Concert Performance Opening Celebrated Choral Organization’s 55th Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AND THE ST OLAF CHOIR IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE OPENING CELEBRATED CHORAL ORGANIZATION’S 55TH SEASON Program features Requiem by José Maurícío Nuñes-García and the premiere of a composition in memory of Sigrid Johnson—October 29 MINNEAPOLIS—July 24, 2023—VocalEssence will open its 55th concert season this fall with the…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces 2023-2024 Season: “Together We Sing”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2023-2024  SEASON: “TOGETHER WE SING” VocalEssence will not slow down in season 55 with a celebration of longstanding musical partnerships. MINNEAPOLIS—May 12, 2023—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, is gearing up for its “speed limit” season—55 years of making music and celebrating the joy…  Read More

Weekend Picks: Celebrate Black History Month in song and essays; a night in Havana; and more

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | February 23, 2023 A world of Twin Cities art and culture awaits this weekend after the snowstorm. VocalEssence celebrates Black History Month with Joe Davis and The New Renaissance, in the choral performance, “WITNESS: Reawakening Love.”   Snowstorm? What snowstorm? After this madness has passed, the world of Twin…  Read More