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Minnesota Student Choirs to Sing Original Music in World Premiere

Updated: 05/17/2014 12:09 PM Created: 05/16/2014 3:40 PM KSTP.com By: Naomi Pescovitz http://kstp.com/article/stories/S3438817.shtml Young singers around the metro are tuning up their voices for a musical world premiere at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. On Tuesday, seven local student choirs will perform pieces written for them by composers from Mexico City. Those composers…  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

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: There Was a Child, Glorious and deeply, almost unbearably moving.

If you were at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon for the opening of VocalEssence’s 45th season, we don’t need to tell you how glorious it was, how deeply, almost unbearably moving. Originally scheduled for Orchestra Hall, the concert was relocated to the church because of the ongoing contract dispute between Minnesota Orchestra management…  Read More

VocalEssence gathers 300 voices for Dove oratorio

REVIEW: For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big with composer Jonathan Dove’s “There Was A Child.” For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big. There was soprano Maria Jette, tenor Dan Dressen, the St. Olaf Choir and Northfield Youth Choirs, more than…  Read More

What sweeter music: A Rutter premiere

VocalEssence uses its connections to get the U.S. premiere of a new John Rutter carol. Philip Brunelle’s connections frequently pay off for Twin Cities audiences. Brunelle’s old buddy John Rutter had written a new Christmas carol for an English audience. In a phone conversation, Brunelle suggested that VocalEssence give the piece its U.S. premiere. “I…  Read More

MinnPost: There Was a Child, Glorious and deeply, almost unbearably moving.

If you were at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon for the opening of VocalEssence’s 45th season, we don’t need to tell you how glorious it was, how deeply, almost unbearably moving. Originally scheduled for Orchestra Hall, the concert was relocated to the church because of the ongoing contract dispute between Minnesota Orchestra management…  Read More

VocalEssence gathers 300 voices for Dove oratorio

REVIEW: For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big with composer Jonathan Dove’s “There Was A Child.” For its 45th-season opener, Sunday afternoon at Central Lutheran in Minneapolis. VocalEssence went big. There was soprano Maria Jette, tenor Dan Dressen, the St. Olaf Choir and Northfield Youth Choirs, more than…  Read More

Pioneer Press: VocalEssence sings us into the Christmas season

By Rob Hubbard Special to the Pioneer Press Getting into the Christmas spirit was easy Saturday night. Outside the windows of the Colonial Church of Edina, big fluffy flakes wafted toward the ground, blanketing the spire of the very New England-esque structure and the rolling hills of the park across the street. And, inside the…  Read More

Star Tribune: Carols are key in two holiday songfests

VocalEssence and The Singers each present multiple concerts featuring old and new holiday songs. By WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD, Special to the Star Tribune This time of year brings an abundance of choral activity, organizations vying to take advantage of all the holiday spirit. This weekend, two go head-to-head: the veteran VocalEssence, presenting “Welcome Christmas,” and…  Read More