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Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle – August 7, 2020 – Moses Hogan André Thomas | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Steve Heitzeg | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Randall Davidson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle   Timothy Takach | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle Dominick…  Read More

‘Twelfth Night’ at the Guthrie is pure joy; Russian Renaissance at Aria

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST Published: FEBRUARY 18, 2020 — 9:17AM ‘Twelfth Night’ at the Guthrie is pure joy; Russian Renaissance at Aria Photo by Dan Norman Emily Gunyou Halaas, Sun Mee Chomet and Michael Hanna in “Twelfth Night.”   The Guthrie’s new production of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy “Twelfth Night” is pure joy. Filled with live music, movement and color,…  Read More

‘All Is Calm’ is filmed for PBS; ‘Dog Act’ at Gremlin Theatre

By Pamela Espeland | MinnPost PUBLISHED: December 13, 2019 Photo by Joseph Scheller Theater Latté Da spent part of this week with a film crew from New York Public Media (WNET). They were there to film Peter Rothstein’s award-winning “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” for national broadcast on PBS in 2020. For three days,…  Read More

Twin Cities concerts of the week: Snoop Dogg, Chris Koza, VocalEssence does Dylan, Prince tributes

By Jon Bream and Chris Riemenschneider | Star Tribune APRIL 26, 2019 — 11:30AM: This week’s big gigs for April 26-May 2, also including Neko Case, Kodak Black, Arturo Sandoval, Foals and more. Snoop Dogg (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP) Snoop Dogg: With the Roots headed to Mystic Lake this summer, Snoop’s show this week…  Read More

Winter Wonder 2019

Three Performances Saturday, December 14, 2019 Crafts: 9-9:30 AM, Concert: 9:30-10:15 AM Crafts: 11-11:30 AM, Concert: 11:30 AM-12:15 PM Crafts: 1-1:30 PM, Concert: 1:30-2:15 PM Reception Hall, Minneapolis Institute of Art 2400 3rd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55404 Deck the hall with VocalEssence at this hands-on holiday event. Clap, wiggle, and sing along to your favorite holiday classics, and try…  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, Minneapolis, MN Friday, December 13, 2019 from 7:30-9:30 PM Plymouth Congregational Church 1919 LaSalle Avenue, Minneapolis,…  Read More

Cause for Celebration: Why Choruses See Major Anniversaries as Major Opportunities

Don Lee |  Chorus America January 10, 2019 North American choruses are anticipating a wave of major anniversaries in the coming years, and their leaders are hard at work preparing to mark the occasions. The most thoughtful celebrations honor a chorus’s past achievements, while laying the groundwork for an even stronger future. Brace yourself. In…  Read More

VocalEssence wishes listeners a contemporary Christmas with annual holiday concert

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune December 5, 2018 — 1:50PM: MUSIC REVIEW: VocalEssence looks to the future with its holiday concert.   Looking back over half a century, there’s an understandable tendency to get all dewy-eyed and sentimental. But that was hardly the impression left by “Welcome Christmas,” the annual VocalEssence holiday…  Read More

10 best concerts to mark the holidays in choir-crazed Minnesota

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune November 30, 2018 — 2:52PM: With so many Minnesota choirs, it can be difficult selecting the perfect concert. Here are 10 great options for the holidays. Minnesota is known as the Land of 10,000 Lakes, but music lovers have floated a new state motto: Land of 10,000…  Read More

How Philip Brunelle Became the Twin Cities’ Song Leader

Philip Brunelle has been the song leader of the Twin Cities for 50 years. But how he got there? It wasn’t all a joyful song. by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl June 18, 2018: Philip Brunelle is 75 years old and an international icon in choir circles, and if you follow him around on a typical Tuesday night…  Read More

Together We Sing Festival

Each season VocalEssence hosts a festival created by you for you to connect, sing, and give back to the community. Join us for Together We Sing Festival 2020 at the Minnesota History Center on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Learn more and register here.

The Voyage Connects Young and Old Through Singing

This fall VocalEssence hosts the U.S. premiere of The Voyage, a new piece by former King’s Singer and British composer Bob Chilcott, that connects singers across generations through music. Joining the VocalEssence Chorus will be singers from Minnesota Chorale’s Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Voices of Experience. Watch the video above produced for the premiere performance…  Read More

Star Tribune: VocalEssence and the Singers offer winning Christmas concerts

Review: VocalEssence and the Singers bring new work and traditional carols as highlights of the Christmas choral season   By WILLIAM RANDALL BEARD, Special to the Star Tribune Updated: December 8, 2014 – 9:00 PM The highlight of this holiday season’s choral concerts will likely be “A Light in the Stable,” by English composer Alan Bullard, written…  Read More

The Songs We Sang — Favorite American Folksongs

Clarion CLR932CD Reflecting our shared American heritage like a patchwork quilt, this is a charming collection of folksongs performed by conductor Philip Brunelle and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano. Classic arrangements by the likes of Norman Luboff, Alice Parker and Robert Shaw capture each folksong’s unique appeal.