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VocalEssence’s 50th season features movie singalongs, Bob Dylan tribute and free tickets for kids

By ROSS RAIHALA | | Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: May 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm | UPDATED: May 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm Two movie singalongs, a new work honoring Minnesota’s own Bob Dylan and a world premiere from young star composer Nico Muhly are on tap for VocalEssence’s newly announced 50th season. Season tickets are on sale now. For the…  Read More

20% off tickets for The SPCO’s Liquid Music Series

BEDROOM COMMUNITY AND FRIENDS Featuring Valgeir Sigurðsson, Jodie Landau, Sam Amidon and Daníel Bjarnason with Mariam Wallentin and Pekka Kuusisto Copresented with the American Swedish Institute Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Doors at 6pm | Music at 7:30pm (purchase tickets) American Swedish Institute, Minneapolis Bedroom Community, “a creative hub of sonic geniuses that continues to evolve and…  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

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OLLI CLASS: Hope Renewed

May 2 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Founder and Artistic Director Philip Brunelle will present a class on hope and a look at the music that will be featured at Hope Renewed, the closing concert of the 55th Season. Composer Kyle Pederson will join to discuss his new composition that will be featured on the concert. In order to sign up for…  Read More

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

December 16, 2023 by Rob Hubbard | Special to the Star Tribune 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

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

Choral legend Sigrid Johnson to be honored with premiere of ‘Song in My Heart’

October 18, 2023 By Brian Newhouse| YourClassical  Sigrid Johnson often said, “God gave me two beautiful sons, and every year I’m blessed with 100 daughters.” She conducted St. Olaf College’s 100-voice first-year women’s chorus, the Manitou Singers, for decades. And on Oct. 29 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, the Minnesota choral legend will…  Read More

St. Olaf Choir to perform concert with VocalEssence

October 10, 2023 By Connor Boritzke Smith | St. Olaf College The St. Olaf Choir will join forces with VocalEssence for a collaborative concert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, and Philip Brunelle and…  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

VocalEssence Gala 2024 logo with the words "Celebration of Song" and the event date and location in gold in front of a geometric colorful background. Design credit: Lora Joshi

VocalEssence Gala 2024

May 11 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Save the date for the VocalEssence Gala: Celebration of Song on the evening of Saturday, May 11, 2024! Join us for an enchanting evening dedicated to celebrating the power of singing together. Immerse yourself in a world where melodies soar, hearts harmonize, and voices unite to create unforgettable moments. This event is a testament to…  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