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VocalEssence Returns to In-Person Performance with Music and Dance for the First Concert of Season, ‘Hope Lives Here’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE RETURNS TO IN-PERSON PERFORMANCE WITH MUSIC AND DANCE FOR THE FIRST CONCERT OF SEASON, ‘HOPE LIVES HERE’  Premiere of newly choreographed works of Bernstein and Piazzolla from Minnesota Dance Theatre and world premiere from young talent Gabriel Kahane welcome audiences back to Orchestra Hall—Sat, Oct. 16 MINNEAPOLIS—August 2,…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces Concerts for “Music Moves Us,” 2021-2022 Season

CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556   VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES CONCERTS FOR “MUSIC MOVES US,” 2021-2022 SEASON  MN Choral Ensemble returns to in-person performances,  while offering additional option of streaming concerts      MINNEAPOLIS—July 31, 2021—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, announces its 2021-2022 concert season, themed “Music Moves Us.” In person concerts will resume, with VocalEssence singers delighted to perform in front of live audiences…  Read More

Twin Cities choral group VocalEssence continues to bear ‘Witness’ to Black composers

By Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | May 14, 2021 The Minneapolis choral organization has led the way for three decades. Photo credit: ANNA MIN VocalEssence members rehearsed for the Witness program with associate conductor G. Phillip Shoultz III at Bethel College’s Benson Concert Hall in St. Paul. Photo by Anna Min…  Read More

Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost | May 12, 2021 Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Witness 2021” concert to livestream; Collide Theatrical Dance Company presents “Wonderland”; and more. On Thursday, July 8, the Guthrie, including the Amber Box on…  Read More

Intermedia Arts will give $1 million to Public Functionary; Children’s Theatre offers help to families and teachers

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | April 15, 2021  Covered with art and graffiti, the Intermedia Arts Building was a Minneapolis landmark. Colliers Intermedia Arts may have written its final chapter, with a graceful flourish. In 2017, the 44-year-old nonprofit arts organization experienced a financial crisis it couldn’t survive. It suspended operations, laid off its…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SOTA PRESENTS “CREATE”   Celebrated Minneapolis-based choral ensemble’s youth choir  will present part three of a four-part performance series.  MINNEAPOLIS—April 8, 2021—VocalEssence Singers Of This Age SOTA—a diverse high-school ensemble—will present a 40-minute family-friendly performance titled, “Create.” The concert is the third installment in a four-part series designed to inspire audiences “to imagine, believe, create, and celebrate a world where all…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    CONTACT:   Jennifer Weismann   612-716-0556    VOCALESSENCE TO DELIVER POWERFUL “WITNESS” — ON DEMAND   Music that calls us to “be the change” is a timely offering from famed choral music organization highlighting movements of social change in our country    MINNEAPOLIS—April 8, 2021—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, brings its 31st annual VocalEssence WITNESS concert to life virtually, highlighting music from movements of social change, including the voting act, sit-ins, police shootings, civil rights,…  Read More

VocalEssence uses poetry and music to create ‘Call of the North’

by: Mary Ann Grossmann  Pioneer Press | March 25, 2021 VocalEssence features Minnesota music and poetry in “Call of the North.” (Photo by Ethan Johnson) Minnesota poetry and music come together in “Call of the North,” an online-only concert featuring VocalEssence Ensemble Singers, which premieres at 4 p.m. March 28 and will be available…  Read More

When can the arts reopen? Dr. Fauci says, ‘If we are careful … sometime in the fall

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | March 25, 2021 Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask, and socially distance when out in public.” Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Call of the North” features Minnesota composers and poets; Davina and the Vagabonds to livestream from the Dakota; and…  Read More

‘Some Kind of Heaven’ is one kind of retirement; ‘Bolerobolero, the Film’ to premiere

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST PUBLISHED: January 20, 2021 ‘Some Kind of Heaven’ is one kind of retirement; ‘Bolerobolero, the Film’ to premiere ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Believe” streaming now; Dominic Taylor’s “Cell Surface”; and more. A scene from “Some Kind of Heaven.” Courtesy of Magnolia Pictures   Many people first heard of The Villages, the largest retirement community in…  Read More

Ways to celebrate MLK Day in the Twin Cities Ways to celebrate MLK Day in the Twin Cities

By BECCA MOST | | St. Paul Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: January 14, 2021 at 9:12 p.m. | UPDATED: January 14, 2021 at 10:45 p.m. Although the pandemic has prevented many from celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday in person this year, many events will still take place virtually. Saturday, Jan. 16 The VocalEssence…  Read More


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE SINGERS OF THIS AGE PRESENT AN MLK-INSPIRED CONCERT THAT WILL MAKE AUDIENCES “BELIEVE”  Celebrated Minneapolis-based choral ensemble’s youth choir will present second part of a four-part performance series to inspire change in the world MINNEAPOLIS—January 13, 2021—The VocalEssence ensemble made up of a diverse collection of high school students, Singers Of This Age (VESOTA), will…  Read More

Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota

By Pamela Espeland | MINNPOST PUBLISHED: December 4, 2020 Christmas concerts coming up; Louise Erdrich at One Book, One Minnesota Dr. Anton Armstrong conducting the Massed Choirs and St. Olaf Orchestra during the 2019 Christmas Festival. Courtesy of St. Olaf College And suddenly it’s December. Hard to believe almost nine months have passed since the first…  Read More

Holiday Arts Guide: From Blenders to Brickman, music traditions continue online

By ROSS RAIHALA | | Pioneer Press PUBLISHED: November 29, 2020 at 5:28 a.m. | UPDATED: November 29, 2020 at 9:48 a.m. Nearly all of this year’s holiday concerts are virtual, but many familiar faces both local (the Blenders, Lorie Line, the SPCO) and national (Jim Brickman, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) have planned online events…  Read More