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Review: A fine ‘Candide,’ indeed

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By DOMINIC P. PAPATOLA | Special to the Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: March 22, 2019 at 12:08 pm For certain theater people, searching for a really good production of “Candide” is like trying to find the mythical Shangri La or Eldorado. For…  Read more »

Candide: Recommended

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Brad Richason | CityPages   Candide DAILY FROM MARCH 21-23, 7:30 P.M. DAILY FROM MARCH 23-24, 2 P.M. $35-$45 CHORAL, CLASSICAL, THEATER   Based on the 1759 novella by Voltaire, Candide’s satirical storyline follows its titular character as calamity drives…  Read more »

Moana Movie Sing-Along

Two Performances Saturday, February 1, 2020 10 AM – 12 PM 1 PM – 3 PM Larson Hall, American Swedish Institute 2600 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55407 Whether it is Moana, Maui, or even Hei Hei, “make way” for your favorite character…  Read more »

Welcome Christmas 2019

Four Performances Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 PM – Completed Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, MN Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4-6 PM – Completed Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue,…  Read more »

2019-2020 Season

“Life after 50” could be a challenge for some, but not for VocalEssence! We are moving from one anniversary to the next. This season marks 30 years since we began our VocalEssence WITNESS program honoring the contributions of African Americans…  Read more »

The week’s five best Twin Cities classical concerts

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By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune January 13, 2019 — 2:00PM: Taking the podium Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto hurt his arm, so he can’t deliver the solo he planned for this week. But the injury won’t stop him…  Read more »

Sponsor a Seat in Honor of Someone Today

Let’s fill the hall!   Orchestra Hall, that is. 4,245 students are slated to attend the VocalEssence WITNESS Young People’s Concerts this February, and celebrate the amazing African and African American women who change our world for the better! But here’s…  Read more »

Holidays have plenty of sweets — sweet vocal harmonies, that is

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By Rob Hubbard November 24, 2018—9:00AM | UPDATED: November 28, 2018—12:28PM: If Yuletide carols being sung by a choir sounds like your ideal holiday elixir, then this is the December for you in the Twin Cities. Vocal harmonies abound, as all of…  Read more »

VocalEssence sounds festive at 50th anniversary concert

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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…  Read more »

VocalEssence celebrates 50 years of making musical bridges — and that first boost from Aaron Copland

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by Kathy Berdan October 4, 2018: Harmony through harmony. That’s a good description of what Twin Cities choral stalwart VocalEssence has been doing for half a century. Founder and director Philip Brunelle and the group’s 30-member professional Ensemble Singers recently returned…  Read more »

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