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2014-2015 ¡Cantaré! Composers Promote Concert

Mexican composers Julio Morales and Jean Angelus Pichardo share a bit of the impact of the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program in this video, as well as their excitement about the upcoming ¡Cantaré! Community Concert on Thursday at the Ordway. The concert features music they wrote specifically for the choral groups they have been working with during…  Read More

Gather at the River with Mark Twain: Tunes and Tales, Fiddling and Fun

Don Shelby as Mark Twain invites you to Gather at the River with Mark Twain, a fundraiser for VocalEssence choral music education programs. Hear river songs and tales on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the fine fiddling of Sara Pajunen. Hop aboard on May 2, 2015 for a celebration…  Read More

Star Tribune: Choral opera ‘The Radio Hour’ a new kind of looking-glass

Composer Jake Heggie takes VocalEssence through a new kind of looking glass. By Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune Posted: March 12, 2015 By its title alone, the choral opera “The Radio Hour” suggests images awash in nostalgia — 1940s families gathered around a talking machine broadcasting the latest single by the Andrews Sisters. But it’s also…  Read More

VocalEssence Puts on a Big Show (or Nine) with Diverse 47th Season

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE PUTS ON A BIG SHOW (OR NINE) WITH DIVERSE 47TH SEASON Celebrated Twin Cities choral organization announces new season promoting diverse communities—through the voice MINNEAPOLIS—March 14, 2015—Acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence—recognized internationally for its innovative explorations of music—announces an intriguing 47th season of concerts. The 2015-2016 lineup celebrates many…  Read More

VocalEssence Fuses Mexico with Minnesota in ¡Cantare!

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE FUSES MEXICO WITH MINNESOTA IN ¡CANTARÉ! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble premieres new works by Mexican composers and local students in ¡Cantaré! Community Concert   MINNEAPOLIS—February 16, 2015—VocalEssence invites families to cross the border to a Mexican musical celebration in the ¡Cantaré! (I Will Sing!) community concert on May 21.…  Read More

Gather at the River with Mark Twain to Support Choral Art

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  GATHER AT THE RIVER WITH MARK TWAIN TO SUPPORT CHORAL ART Twin Cities-based VocalEssence and Don Shelby host fundraiser cruise for music education—May 2 MINNEAPOLIS—February 16, 2015—Join the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and television legend Don Shelby as they travel back in time on the historic Minnesota Centennial Showboat to…  Read More

VocalEssence Celebrates Special WITNESS Anniversary and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE CELEBRATES SPECIAL WITNESS ANNIVERSARY AND DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Local choral ensemble and high school students team up with Sounds of Blackness in WITNESS: Let Freedom Ring—Feb. 8 MINNEAPOLIS — January 23, 2015 — Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — plus, the…  Read More

VocalEssence Celebrates Bach’s Twenty-First (Out of Twenty) Child—P.D.Q. Bach!

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE CELEBRATES BACH’S TWENTY-FIRST (OUT OF TWENTY) CHILD—P.D.Q. BACH! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble hosts birthday bash for composer and parodist Peter Schickele—Apr. 10 MINNEAPOLIS — February 12, 2015 — The 100-voice VocalEssence Chorus, 32-voice Ensemble Singers and the University of Minnesota’s Wind Ensemble will celebrate the 80th birthday of legendary composer,…  Read More

VocalEssence Dials Back the Clock for The Radio Hour

CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE DIALS BACK THE CLOCK FOR THE RADIO HOUR Twin Cities ensemble celebrates the golden age of radio at A Prairie Home Companion’s Fitzgerald Theater—Mar. 14-15 MINNEAPOLIS — February 12, 2015 — The 32-voice Ensemble Singers and acclaimed Minneapolis actress Christina Baldwin will take center stage at the famed Minnesota…  Read More

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence offers the sounds of Christmas, from the north

  By Rob Hubbard, Special to the Pioneer Press December 5, 2014  An Arctic winter deserves some Christmas music from up around the Arctic Circle. They know something about staying warm on cold nights in the Nordic lands of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, and Friday night’s first of local choral powerhouse VocalEssence’s “Welcome Christmas” concerts…  Read More

KSTP News: Mpls. Students Rehearse for Biggest Gig Yet with Grammy-Winning Group

Updated: 11/20/2014 5:18 PM Created: 11/20/2014 4:40 PM By: Kate Renner [Please note VocalEssence correction: Gary Hines, not Greg Hines] Students at South High School in Minneapolis are preparing Thursday for a performance they probably won’t forget. Members of the school’s varsity choir program are partnering with Grammy award winning musicians to sing this…  Read More