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December 2014

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Class: Welcome Christmas

Dec 3, 2014 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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’Tis the season for lutefisk, glögg, rødgrød med fløde and Welcome Christmas 2014 — the beloved annual concert series presented by Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence. Join Artistic Director Philip Brunelle as he highlights the carols and musical holiday traditions from Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark that will come through the music in this year’s Welcome Christmas concerts. A special guest will be folk fiddler Sara Pajunen, a classically trained performer well-versed in a variety of genres whose recent work explores…

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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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April 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Class: P.D.Q. Bach & Peter Schickele Birthday Bash

Apr 8, 2015 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Do you remember Professor Peter Schickele (alias PDQ Bach)? This marvelous musician who created hilarious parodies of Baroque music will appear on April 10th with VocalEssence at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, celebrating his 80th Birthday. In advance of the concert, VocalEssence artistic director Philip Brunelle will offer a special OLLI Class with Peter Schickele/PDQ Bach as his special guest. This is an afternoon not to be missed — full of fun and fascinating stories. Come early for a seat!…

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October 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: Dreams of the Fallen

Oct 7, 2015 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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The 47th VocalEssence season will open with a special salute to USA service veterans – a concert with the VocalEssence Chorus and Ensemble Singers, the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and guest soprano, Maria Jette. Join OLLI to get a sneak preview of the Midwest premiere of Dreams of the Fallen with VocalEssence Artistic Director Philip Brunelle, composer Jake Runestad, and soprano Maria Jette. Not to be missed!   To register for the course, membership in OLLI is required. Contact http://www.cce.umn.edu/olli/ for…

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September 2017

OLLI CLASS: Finlandia Forever

Sep 21, 2017 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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This year marks 100 years of independence for Finland. Philip Brunelle (VocalEssence) and Mark Sedio (Central Lutheran) will fill you with LOTS of interesting stories and play music that will give you a rich understanding of Finland's choral music history.   In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn more and sign up at: https://olli.umn.edu/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/membership  

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November 2017

OLLI CLASS: Bach & Bluegrass

Nov 8, 2017 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the importance of the music of J.S. Bach celebrating this event is linked with Carol Barnett and her new "Bluegrass TeDeum". Join Philip Brunelle and composer Carol Barnett as they share their enthusiasm joining Bach to Bluegrass! In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn more and sign up at: https://olli.umn.edu/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/membership

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February 2018

OLLI CLASS: VocalEssence WITNESS: Of Such I Dream

Feb 15, 2018 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Dream of a better wold as we pay tribute to the Harlem Renaissance, on the 100th anniversary of its birth, through the study of song, poetry, hip-hop, dance, and more. Join Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz, III (VocalEssence) and composer William (Bill) Banfield as they discuss the world premiere by VocalEssence of Bill's chamber symphony I Trust Harlem Is Still There, based on the letters of Langston Hughes. Be inspired and challenged to become an agent of change in our community.…

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April 2018

OLLI CLASS: Cathedral Music with Rutter

Apr 20, 2018 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Join Philip Brunelle (VocalEssence) and British composer John Rutter as they discuss some of John's favorite music for a cathedral, including his song cycle Feel the Spirit, which will be performed by VocalEssence at the Cathedral of Saint Paul on April 22. In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn more and sign up at: https://olli.umn.edu/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/membership

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October 2018

OLLI CLASS: VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Season Opening Concerts

Oct 4, 2018 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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VocalEssence is celebrating its 50th anniversary! For the presentation, Philip Brunelle will present music from the opening concerts listed below. Two special guests will join him-singers who were part of VocalEssence from the beginning-Janis Hardy (who sang with Aaron Copland conducting) and Vern Sutton (who sang and directed the early musicals and operas presented). Lots of fun history and great stories! Performances 50th Anniversary Concert Sunday, October 7, 2018 at 4 PM Music for a Grand Cathedral Sunday, October 28,…

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October 2019

OLLI CLASS: Divine Light

Oct 10, 2019 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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VocalEssence is beginning its 51st season! There is an amazing amount of unique choral music to be explored - this session with Philip Brunelle will include music of Jake Runestad (with the composer present), as well as music from Denmark, Indonesia, France, Hungary and Ireland. Divine Light Performances Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 4-5:30 PM Sunday, October 13, 2019 from 7-8:30 PM   In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of the Osher Lifelong…

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December 2019

OLLI CLASS: Welcome Christmas 2019

Dec 5, 2019 @ 2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Plymouth Congregational Church, 1919 LaSalle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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VocalEssence is beginning its 51st season! For the presentation, Philip Brunelle will present music from our Welcome Christmas concerts. Every year VocalEssence presents a varied, wonderful exploration of music for the Christmas season. This year's focus will be on music from Scandinavia and the USA. In order to sign up for this session, you must be a member of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Learn more and sign up at: https://olli.umn.edu/osher-lifelong-learning-institute/membership   Interested in purchasing tickets to one of our Welcome…

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