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April 2019

MPR: 50th Anniversary Concert Broadcast

Apr 23, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Classical Minnesota Public Radio

As part of Classical Minnesota Public Radio’s “Voices of Spring” celebration, they will encore their November broadcast of the two-hour special of the VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Concert. Tune in to your Classical Minnesota Public Radio Station on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 PM CST. Live Stream Click here to go to the Live Stream of the concert. Find your station Click here to find your Classical Minnesota Public Radio station.

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CONCERT: The Times They Are A-Changin’

Apr 27, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Palace Theatre, 17 West 7th Place
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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$30 – $40

VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers Ashley DuBose, guest appearance Jeremy Messersmith, guest appearance Nation, guest appearance Bob Dylan’s timeless music has been covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the Kronos Quartet. As the finale to our 50th season, it’s time to add our name to the list. Join us as we reimagine Dylan in the Midwest premiere of The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan, commissioned in honor of his 2016 Nobel Prize in…

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September 2019

Minnesota State Fair Performances

Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 2, 2019
Minnesota State Fair, 1265 Snelling Avenue North
Saint Paul, MN 55108 United States
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Free

The members of the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age will be performing on the International Bazaar Stage at the Minnesota State Fair on September 1 and 2, 2019. Come and join us for music on a stick! See their full schedule below. More information can be found at: https://www.mnstatefair.org/schedule/vocalessence-youth-choir/ Sunday, September 1, 2019: 10:45 AM, 12 PM, and 1:15 PM Monday, September 2, 2019: 10:45 AM, 12 PM, and 1:15 PM

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October 2019

CONCERT: Divine Light, 4 PM

Oct 13, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, 1524 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
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$30

Advance ticket sales are now closed. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 2:30PM. More tickets are available for the 7PM performance. Soak in the intimate beauty of the human voice in this unique chamber performance exploring the relationship between the human and the divine. Joining the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers on this journey will be Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini. Skillfully selected for the space, the wide-ranging…

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CONCERT: Divine Light, 7 PM

Oct 13, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Summit Center for Arts & Innovation, 1524 Summit Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105 United States
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$30

Advance ticket sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 5:30 PM. Soak in the intimate beauty of the human voice in this unique chamber performance exploring the relationship between the human and the divine. Joining the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers on this journey will be Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini. Skillfully selected for the space, the wide-ranging blend of music from all over the world includes György Ligeti’s…

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November 2019

CONCERT: What a Mighty God

Nov 17, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 900 Stillwater Road
Mahtomedi, 55115 United States
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$10 – $40

Advance sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 3:00 PM on Sunday. Feel your spirit soar to new heights at this vibrant and soulful program. Born of a dark past, spirituals have an unmistakable power to connect us through our joys and sorrows. Dr. André Thomas expertly honors this past and moves into the gospel realm by conducting the Midwest premiere of his Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy…

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December 2019

MPR: Welcome Christmas 2018 Broadcast

Dec 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Classical Minnesota Public Radio

John Birge hosts a taste of the season highlighting the best of the VocalEssence Welcome Christmas 2018 performance. Discover your holiday soundtrack as VocalEssence performed the creme de la creme of Christmas premieres over the past 49 years and looks toward the future with premieres by screen and stage composer Nico Muhly and two new carols by winners of the 21st annual Welcome Christmas Carol Contest. LIVE STREAM Click here to go to the Live Stream of the concert. FIND YOUR…

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CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2019, Apple Valley

Dec 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road
Apple Valley, MN 55124 United States
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$20

Advance sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 6:30 PM on Saturday, December 7.   God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols you know, and fall…

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CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2019, Minneapolis, 4 PM

Dec 8, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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$20 – $40

Advance sales are now closed. A limited number of Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the door beginning at 3 PM on Sunday, December 8.   God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols…

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CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2019, Minneapolis, 7:30 PM

Dec 13, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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$20 – $40

Advance sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Plymouth Congregational Church beginning at 6:30 PM.   God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols you know, and fall in love with…

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CONCERT: Welcome Christmas 2019, Roseville

Dec 15, 2019 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Roseville Lutheran Church, 1215 Roselawn Ave. W.
Roseville, MN 55113 United States
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$20 – $30

Advance sales are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at Roseville Lutheran Church beginning at 3 PM on Sunday.   God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols you know, and fall in…

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January 2020

FAMILY: Together We Sing Festival 2020

Jan 18, 2020 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Free

Advanced registration is now closed. All are welcome! Walk up registration begins at 1 PM on Saturday. IMPORTANT FESTIVAL Update: Last updated Sat Jan 18 at 7am The Together We Sing Festival on Saturday, January 18 from 1:30-5 PM will continue as scheduled. We understand that transportation to the Minnesota History Center may vary by person due to weather conditions in your area and will understand if you are unable to attend today’s event. Should you be able to make…

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February 2020

CONCERT: Deep Roots

Feb 23, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, 55403 United States
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$10 – $40

Join us as we honor the deep musical roots from which VocalEssence WITNESS sprang 30 years ago. Guiding you on the journey through spirituals, jazz, gospel, and soul will be homegrown artists—singers, actors, dancers—including two-time Billboard Gospel chart-topper Jovonta Patton and a special 30th Anniversary Community Choir. Continuing our commitment to include new voices on stage, the concert will include a world premiere arrangement of the spiritual “Witness” by Joel Thompson. Program https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMVFOujBQv4 Performers One Voice Mixed Chorus Jane Ramseyer…

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April 2020

CANCELED: The Mendelssohns

Apr 4, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr
Arden Hills, MN 55112 United States
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$20 – $40

As per the recommendation from Governor Walz as well as a desire to ensure the health and safety of all our performers and patrons, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the April 4th Mendelssohns performance. If you are a ticket buyer, click here to let us know your intentions for your tickets.   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…

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Adult Singer Auditions for 2020-2021 Season

Apr 13, 2020 @ 8:00 am - May 16, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
MN United States

Due to the ongoing health emergency caused by the Coronavirus, we have transitioned to a virtual audition process for the 2020-21 season. These auditions are open now and will be accepted through May 16, 2020. Information on registration and the audition requirements can be found on our audition page: https://www.vocalessence.org/who-we-are/performing-ensembles/sing-with-us/audition/

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