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8 of the best holiday shows this season in the Twin Cities area

By Star Tribune staff Star Tribune | November 12, 2021 These popular shows are back. MINNESOTA DANCE THEATRE “Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy” ‘Loyce Houlton’s Nutcracker Fantasy’ The return to holiday show traditions after a year without them wouldn’t be complete without this classic. Performed in the ornate grandness of the State Theatre, the Minnesota…  Read More

Composers Datebook: “Welcome Christmas” Carol Contest

By John Birge | Your Classical Published: Sunday, December 6 “Welcome Christmas” Carol Contest Synopsis On today’s date in 1998, two brand-new Christmas carols debuted in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during the “Welcome Christmas” choral concert of VocalEssence conducted by Philip Brunelle. The two carols, “Sweet Noel” by Joan Griffith and “The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn” by Richard…  Read More

Postcards from Mexico-Day 1

SUNDAY 8/25/2019 Estamos Aqui!   An early morning saw most of us clutching our coffee cups at Terminal 1, but the TSA check wasn’t quite as ugly as we’d feared. Our direct flight was a godsend, and four hours later, we came through the clouds and were greeted by the misty blue mountains that watch…  Read More

VocalEssence sounds festive at 50th anniversary concert

by Terry Blain October 8, 2018: Review: A high-energy anniversary concert revisited the ensemble’s greatest hits. In the beginning, there was Aaron Copland. Fifty years ago, Philip Brunelle invited the iconic American composer to conduct his newly formed choir at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. The great composer accepted. And the rest, as they say, is…  Read More

Star Tribune: Spotlights: Workhaus Collective and VocalEssence

VocalEssence Sunday: The 100-voice chorus will close VocalEssence’s 45th season with “Tchaikovsky for Voices,” singing alongside four college choirs. The program features Tchaikovsky’s “The Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom,” which is drawn from the Russian Orthodox Church. The composer wrote the piece in 1878. Choirs from Bethel, Gustavus, Luther and St. Thomas will bring the…  Read More

MInnPost: Minnesotans win major arts awards; St. Paul Art Crawl begins

By Pamela Espeland | 04/25/14 Tonight: MinnRoast,  MinnPost’s annual whoop-de-do and fundraiser features headliner Lizz Winstead (co-creator of “The Daily Show”) and willing participants Gov. Mark Dayton, Sen. Al Franken, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, U of M President Eric Kaler, vocalist Erin Schwab, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu and VocalEssence, K-TWIN’s B.T., former state Sen. Amy Koch, and…  Read More