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VocalEssence explores ‘Deep Roots’ of African-American music: The week’s best classical concerts

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune Published: FEBRUARY 17, 2020 — 8:40AM Bearing ‘Witness’ Thirty years ago, Philip Brunelle’s choir VocalEssence initiated a project called “Witness,” which aimed to “celebrate the artistic contributions of African-Americans to the fine arts and to our common cultural heritage.” The anniversary is marked this week…  Read More

Best of the Week (Feb. 16-23): Tove Lo, Joe Henry, ‘Gotta Dance,’ Raphael Saadiq, VocalEssence, winter fest, more

Multiple authors | Star Tribune February 14, 2020 – 11:10 PM: Behold Lo Like a raunchier and rowdier version of her fellow Swedish export Robyn, electro-pop singer Tove Lo has made a bigger splash in dance clubs and viral listening quarters than on pop radio, earning her a sizable underground following. She sticks to…  Read More

100 Baby Care Packages for Minnesota Babies

VocalEssence and the Healthy Black Pregnancies initiative are teaming up to give 100 new babies a birthday gift – their very own Baby Care Package. Each package costs $40, and we need your help to purchase supplies for 100 babies. A donation of any amount is appreciated! Click Here to Give a Birthday Gift Each…  Read More

Celebrate MLK Weekend with VESOTA

Come and celebrate the incredible legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our radically diverse youth choir VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA). See below for more information. Together We Sing Festival Date/Time: Saturday, January 18,2020 from 1:30-5 PM Location: Minnesota History Center, Saint Paul Cost: Free, but registration required More Information:…  Read More

The 10 concerts that shone brightest in 2019 on Minnesota’s classical scene

By Terry Blain | Star Tribune Published: December 20, 2019 — 8:20AM 1. “Candide,” VocalEssence, March 21: Leonard Bernstein’s Voltaire operetta is tough to stage, but Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein recast it brilliantly as a 1930s radio broadcast. VocalEssence made the music sparkle, with Bradley Greenwald narrating. 2. St. John Passion, Oratory Bach Ensemble,…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Kick Off Summer Tour with Local Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SINGERS OF THIS AGE KICK OFF SUMMER TOUR WITH LOCAL CONCERT Before Chicago trip, diverse youth choir perform at Augsburg University—May 30 MINNEAPOLIS — December 17, 2019 — The VocalEssence Singers of This Age, or VESOTA, are taking the show on the road with the VESOTA…  Read More

Review: VocalEssence ably enhances the choral carol canon

By ROB HUBBARD | Special to the Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: December 8, 2019 at 4:35 pm | UPDATED: December 8, 2019 at 5:18 pm Link to article can be found here. Big and intimate. Traditional and fresh. These are the paradoxes with which the singers of VocalEssence wrestle. While 143 voices unite when their two main choirs combine, they’re often…  Read More

VocalEssence Singers Of This Age Annual Retreat

Year three for the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA) promises to be our most exciting one yet! We are thrilled to welcome over 20 new young artists to join our 22 returning singers. It’s also exciting to note that we have expanded the number of schools with VESOTA representation by three! The second annual…  Read More

Twin Cities Students Come Together To Sing—Bilingually! at the VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! Community Concert

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 TWIN CITIES STUDENTS COME TOGETHER TO SING—BILINGUALLY! AT THE VOCALESSENCE ¡CANTARÉ! COMMUNITY CONCERT Cultural and artistic residency ends in celebration of song at the Ordway—May 21     MINNEAPOLIS—October 21, 2019—Song has the power to unite, and students in the Twin Cities will come together to sing and…  Read More

Celebrate Musical Siblings Felix and Fanny with VocalEssence Event—“THE MENDELSSOHNS”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 CELEBRATE MUSICAL SIBLINGS FELIX AND FANNY WITH VOCALESSENCE EVENT—“THE MENDELSSOHNS” Two prolific Romantic-era composers, one extraordinary program of music — April 4, 2020 MINNEAPOLIS—October 21, 2019—This spring, VocalEssence will feature compositions by siblings Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel side by side in a single program, The Mendelssohns.…  Read More

Fall Arts 2019: Minnesota’s Must-See Autumn Shows

By Katie Ballalatak, Kyra Bowar, Kait Ecker, Reed Fischer, Jonah Harrison, Lianna Matt McLernon, Aidan O’Driscoll and Erik Tormoen | Minnesota Monthly August 27, 2019: Your guide to art, theater, dance, comedy, and music events in MN, September through December MusiC Sheer Mag September 8 | Turf Club, St. Paul The energetic Philadelphia power-pop quartet, led by tough-as-nails frontwoman Tina Halladay, is on…  Read More

VocalEssence Says ‘God Jul!’ To All As Christmas Concerts Go Nordic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SAYS ‘GOD JUL!’ TO ALL AS CHRISTMAS CONCERTS GO NORDIC Carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway star in this year’s Welcome Christmas program, including a world premiere from Norwegian composer Kim André Arnesen MINNEAPOLIS — July 30, 2019 — The Welcome Christmas concerts from the VocalEssence…  Read More

VocalEssence Again Joins Iconic Mexican Symphony Orchestra for Performances

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AGAIN JOINS ICONIC MEXICAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA FOR PERFORMANCES Minneapolis-based choral ensemble will travel to Mexico for second summer to perform Verdi’s Requiem with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería MINNEAPOLIS — July 23, 2019 — The VocalEssence Ensemble Singers have again been invited to join the legendary…  Read More

VESOTA Wins Chorus America Education Award

April brought a huge thrill as Chorus America recognized VocalEssence with its 2019 Education and Community Engagement Award for our youth choral program, VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA).  Chorus America is a prominent advocacy organization for our nation’s choral groups, and its Education and Community Engagement Award recognizes the best emerging program (less than…  Read More