CONCERT: The Mendelssohns
Oct 15, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm | $25 – $45
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Advance ticket sales for this concert are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Benson Great Hall beginning at 6 PM.
Musical talent often runs in families, and one of history’s most talented set of siblings were the Mendelssohns—Felix and Fanny. Connected by their extraordinary gifts and love for music, they developed a close relationship that endured throughout their lives. Join VocalEssence singers, soloists, and an honor choir comprised of area high school singers as they present Felix and Fanny’s marvelous musical creations.
Tickets are also available as part of a 2022-2023 Season Subscription.
- VocalEssence Chorus
- VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
- VocalEssence Singers Of This Age
- Nicholas Chalmers, tenor
- Maria Jette, soprano
- High School Festival Choir
- Mary Jo Gothmann, piano
- Philip Brunelle, conductor
- G. Phillip Shoultz, III, conductor
Click the button below to view our digital concert program.
THINGS TO KNOW
- Felix would submit his compositions to his big sister, and, taking her critical advice to heart, he regularly made the changes she suggested. It’s not surprising that Felix referred to Fanny as “Minerva,” likening her to the Roman goddess of wisdom.
- During a tour to England, Felix had a private meeting with Queen Victoria. She loved his music dearly, and sang her favorite song of his, Italien, for the composer. When the queen finished singing, Felix had to confess it was not he, but Fanny who had written this song. To read more about the lives of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn click the button below.
- University of Minnesota professor Peter Mercer-Taylor joined Philip Brunelle to discuss and illuminate the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. click the button below to watch their discussion.
- Area high school singers who will perform alongside VocalEssence Singers Of This Age participated in an all-day festival where they rehearsed and learned about the music of Fanny and Felix.
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