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Hiram Titus | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Hiram Titus. Hiram Titus 1947-2013 Minnesota composer Hiram Titus was associated with many local and regional theaters including the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Children’s Theater where he was Composer in Residence for four years.…  Read More

Anthony Piccolo | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Anthony Piccolo. Anthony Piccolo b. 1946  A stroke of fate in the form of conductor Laszlo Halasz saved composer Anthony Piccolo from a life in a science laboratory when he was awarded a personal scholarship…  Read More

Richard Dirksen | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Richard Dirksen. Richard Dirksen 1921-2003 American composer, Richard Dirksen, was well known for his liturgical pieces and his service as organist and choirmaster at Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Awarded a scholarship, he studied…  Read More

Larry Farrow | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Larry Farrow. Larry Farrow b. Larry Farrow is an American composer, arranger, producer, conductor and keyboardist, clinician, and teacher known for his compositions rooted in the southern gospel tradition. He began taking lessons on the…  Read More

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Reignite your holiday traditions with 8 great concerts by Twin Cities classical groups

By Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | DECEMBER 1, 2021 https://www.startribune.com/reignite-your-holiday-traditions-with-8-great-concerts-by-twin-cities-classical-groups/600122571/?refresh=true  From a bounty of Bach to a Kate DiCamillo opera, there’s plenty on tap. Stop-motion animator Erin Pollock made a video to accompany Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane Choral Suite,” streaming for free starting Dec. 13. Last December proved a winter of discontent for those who…  Read More

Weekend Best Bets: Oct. 14-17

By Katherine Lawless Minnesota Monthly | October 14, 2021 https://www.minnesotamonthly.com/travel-recreation/recreation/weekend-best-bets-oct-14-17/?utm_campaign=Minnesota%20Monthly%20Newsletter%20-%20Daily&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=170892188&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–wQ19DN3ZzEfY4zNYauHGba4XtCbAeoH7kjajasXaN2SZAlS5cL9_ChbZ0Tn-BoVhTzmL0VcG5sPZNU9fJQgoZW0JidQ0lFVEwTS_2FnrMcVP554Y&utm_content=170892188&utm_source=hs_email Things to do this weekend around the Twin Cities: VocalEssence, Summit Brewing, Cafe Meow, and more VocalEssence’s 2021-22 season is underwayPHOTO BY KYNDELL HARKNESS Girls in Film What LunaFest When: Thursday-Saturday, October 14-16 Where: Virtual In a virtual film fest that benefits Girls on the Run Minnesota—a nonprofit…  Read More

Hope Lives Here Choreographers and Featured Composer

Alexander Hille, choreographer Alexander Hille received his dance education in New York at Juilliard School and with the Netherlands Dance Theatre. He danced in Austin McCormick’s Company XIV, in Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal under Louis Robitaille, in Les Grands Ballets Canadiens with Ivan Cavallari and lastly in the Ensembles Les 7 Doigts de la…

10 Twin Cities classical music concerts to add to your calendar for fall 2021

By Rob Hubbard Special to the Star Tribune | August 27, 2021 https://www.startribune.com/top-10-classical-music-concerts-for-fall-2021/600097792/ ‘Opera Afuera’ Minnesota Opera originally planned to open its season at the St. Paul Saints’ ballpark, but moved its presentation of Latin American vocal music and operatic excerpts to Minnesota United’s soccer pitch. Fort Worth Symphony leader Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. Scarves optional.…  Read More

Jorge Córdoba | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Jorge Córdoba. Jorge Córdoba b. 1953 Jorge Córdoba Valencia was born on December 15, 1953, in Mexico City. As a young adult he had very diverse experiences in music. He informally studied popular music including…  Read More

Alberto Grau | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Alberto Grau. Alberto Grau b. 1937 Alberto Grau is arguably one of the most influential contemporary Venezuelan choral composers and conductors of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His books on choral conducting and composition, The…  Read More

James MacMillan | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer James MacMillan. James MacMillan b. 1959 James MacMillan is the pre-eminent Scottish composer of his generation. He first attracted attention with the acclaimed BBC Proms premiere of The Confession of Isobel Gowdie (1990). His percussion…  Read More

Malcolm Williamson | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Malcolm Williamson. Malcolm Williamson 1931-2003 Malcolm Williamson was one of the most successful Australian composers of the latter half of the twentieth century. He studied piano privately with Sverjensky before enrolling at the New South…  Read More

Norman Luboff | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Norman Luboff. Norman Luboff 1917-1987 Norman Luboff was a luminary American music arranger, music publisher, and choir director. Born in Chicago, he studied piano as a child, participated in his high school chorus, and Luboff…  Read More

Astor Piazzolla | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Astor Piazzolla. Astor Piazzolla 1921-1992 Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer, bandoneón player, and arranger whose works revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical…  Read More

Paul Hindemith | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Paul Hindemith. Paul Hindemith 1895-1963 One of the most important composers of the first half of the 20th century, Paul Hindemith dominated German musical life during the Weimar Republic period. He came from a humble…  Read More