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September 2014

VocalEssence New Brand Launch

Sep 15, 2014

At the start of our 45th Season, VocalEssence embarked on a journey that had us explore the core of who we are, what we do, and where we see ourselves in the future. With help from our VocalEssence Brand Refresh committee (made up of members from the VocalEssence Board, sta, singers and trusted friends) and consultants such as Brand Tool Box, Design REPLACE, and Dialog Studios, VocalEssence found our new voice and direction for the future. When we sing together, we succeed together. As a leading Minnesota arts organization, VocalEssence…

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November 2014

TOUR CONCERT: River Songs and Tales with Mark Twain

Nov 14, 2014 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Austin High School: Knowlton Auditorium, 301 3rd Street NW
Austin, MN United States
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Supported by Land O'Lakes and an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Don Shelby as Mark Twain will go on the road to Greater Minnesota to celebrate life on the Mississippi River. Through choral music and the spoken word, VocalEssence will take listeners on a musical journey of the past and present – choral masterpieces, favorite folksongs, traditional spirituals, and Americana – all paired with the words of Mark Twain. VocalEssence Ensemble…

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February 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Class: WITNESS Let Freedom Ring

Feb 2, 2015 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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VocalEssence celebrates 25 years of WITNESS this year. Philip Brunelle has invited the Grammy Award-winning ensemble, Sounds of Blackness, to appear with the VocalEssence chorus at Orchestra Hall on February 8th. For a preview of this exciting program, join Philip on February 2nd, from 2:15–3:45pm at Plymouth Church, as he explores this year’s theme—music inspired by the writings of Martin Luther King, Jr., including “Hold On—Change is Coming,” “His Light Still Shines,” and “Eyes on the Prize.”   To register…

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CONCERT: WITNESS: Let Freedom Ring

Feb 8, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, 55403 United States
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$10 – $5656

Pre-concert conversation with Sounds of Blackness Director Gary Hines and Don Shelby at 3 pm. Celebrating 25 years of WITNESS, VocalEssence salutes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Grammy Award-winning ensemble Sounds of Blackness. Under the direction of Gary Hines, Sounds of Blackness performs and proclaims the music, culture and history of African Americans to audiences all over the world with uplifting messages of hope, unity, love and peace for all humankind. The VocalEssence Chorus and Sounds of Blackness…

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March 2015

CONCERT: Radio Hour

Mar 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street
St. Paul, MN United States
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$10 – $40

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible. Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new theatrical production titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the…

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CONCERT: Radio Hour

Mar 14, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street
St. Paul, MN United States
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$10 – $40

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible. Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new theatrical production titled The Radio Hour which crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the…

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CONCERT: Radio Hour

Mar 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Fitzgerald Theater, 10 East Exchange Street
St. Paul, MN United States
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$10 – $40

Did you know that a radio could transport you to a different universe? With VocalEssence, anything is possible. Jake Heggie, one of the world’s most prominent composers of dramatic vocal music and composer of the opera Dead Man Walking, along with librettist Gene Scheer, have created a new theatrical production titled The Radio Hour that crosses Alice in Wonderland with the golden age of radio in a magical program about the power of singing to shape and give meaning to our lives. The precursor to the…

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May 2015

FUNDRAISER: Gather at the River with Mark Twain (Matinee)

May 2, 2015 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, Harriet Island Road
St. Paul, MN United States
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$100

Online ticket sales for this event are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the event beginning at 3:30 pm. Step into the past to support the future of choral music education programs at VocalEssence. Join the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and guest artist Don Shelby as Mark Twain on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat for a celebration of the river. Sip cocktails and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres on the Victorian deck and enter a raffle to win fabulous prizes,…

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FUNDRAISER: Gather at the River with Mark Twain (Evening)

May 2, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The Minnesota Centennial Showboat, Harriet Island Road
St. Paul, MN United States
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$100

Online ticket sales for this event are now closed. Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the event beginning at 7:00 pm. Step into the past to support the future of choral music education programs at VocalEssence. Join the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and guest artist Don Shelby as Mark Twain on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat for a celebration of the river. Sip cocktails and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres on the Victorian deck and enter a raffle to…

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July 2015

PERFORMANCE AND SING-ALONG: VocalEssence at Lyngblomsten Mid-Summer Festival

Jul 11, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Lyngblomsten campus, 1415 Almond Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108 United States
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FREE

Join members of the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and guest conductor Mark Stover for a performance and sing-along of hymns, spirituals and choral classics on the Chapel Mainstage at Lyngblomsten's "celebration of arts for all ages." The musicians will engage attendees at the festival, which is designed to accommodate special needs and various levels of mobility.  Complete information about entertainment and activities is available on the website or you can download a festival guide.    

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August 2015

VINTAGE VOICES: Seasons Sunshine Singers Concert

Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm
Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood, Dining Room, 1670 Legacy Parkway East
Maplewood, MN 55109 United States
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FREE

Come and experience the sounds of the Seasons Sunshine Singers, Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood’s new choir, in an exciting journey down Broadway! From Tin Pan Alley to Rogers & Hammerstein, you will hear a variety of some of the greatest hits from the golden age of musical theater. The concert is free and open to the public, with a reception following in the Cafe. Ecumen Seasons at Maplewood is part of a new VocalEssence community engagement program called Vintage Voices,…

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October 2015

POST-CONCERT HAPPY HOUR: VocalEssence Resonate with Jake Runestad, Brian Turner and Jeffrey Biegel

Oct 11, 2015 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Green Mill, St. Paul, 57 South Hamline Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105 United States
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FREE

Join VocalEssence Resonate, our young professionals group, for a happy hour with Dreams of the Fallen composer Jake Runestad, poet Brian Turner and pianist Jeffrey Biegel after the Dreams of the Fallen concert on Sunday, October 11, 2015. Enjoy the company of other choral music lovers—and free appetizers while they last—at Green Mill just a few minutes from the O'Shaughnessy in St. Paul.

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November 2015

Voz en Punto at the Minnesota History Center

Nov 14, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Capitol Concourse, Minnesota History Center, 345 W Kellogg Blvd
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Enjoy an hour-long performance by a cappella Mexican vocal ensemble Voz en Punto at the Minnesota History Center, introduced by Head Consul Alberto Fierro from the Mexican Consulate in Saint Paul. Founded in 1990, Voz en Punto builds upon traditional Mexican folk songs to create thrillingly inventive vocal jazz arrangements. Its founder, director, and baritone, José Galván, first forged a relationship here in Minnesota during his time as a composer-in-residence for ¡Cantaré!, a VocalEssence educational initiative that brings the talents…

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