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Preview: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure

by Amy Donahue Twin Cities Arts Reader | October 31, 2022 PREVIEW: The Montserrat Boy Choir’s Minnesotan Adventure The Montserrat Boy Choir. One of the most-anticipated performances coming to the Twin Cities is coming all the way from Catalonia. The Montserrat Boy Choir, an elite choir from one of Spain’s oldest music schools, will perform at…  Read More

Philip Brunelle featured on The Importance of the Arts to History with WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele

Philip Brunelle, VocalEssence artistic director and founder, was featured on The Importance of the Arts to History with WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele on October 30,2022 to talk about Montserrat Boy Choir. Philip Brunelle’s interview begins at 32:55. Check out the interview below. https://www.audacy.com/podcasts/jearlyn-steele-152/the-importance-of-the-arts-to-history-1534405972

Weekend Picks: First-ever Twin Cities Art Week, events at Penumbra and the Capri, Chihuly, Queen Sonja of Norway’s visit

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | October 13, 2022 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2022/10/weekend-picks-first-ever-twin-cities-art-week-events-at-penumbra-and-the-capri-chihuly-queen-sonja-of-norways-visit/ It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of galleries and museums are spiffed up with special events. Plus a lot more. It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of…  Read More

VocalEssence, a Minnesota Choral Institution, Returns for Its 54th Season

by Robert Atendido Twin Cities Geek | October 13, 2022 https://twincitiesgeek.com/2022/10/vocalessence-a-minnesota-choral-institution-returns-for-its-54th-season/ In classical music circles, Minnesota has long been known as a center for choral music. In addition to world-renowned college choirs, such as the ones at St. Olaf, Concordia, and Gustavus Adolphus, the Twin Cities alone have dozens of different choral groups that one could…  Read More

24 Favorite Book, Movies and Songs that Depict Queen Elizabeth II

by Laurie Hertzel, Chris Hewitt, Chris Riemenschneider and Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | September 09, 2022 https://m.startribune.com/a-lasting-insight-to-queen-elizabeth-ii/600205208/?clmob=y&c=n&clmob=y&c=n Most Minnesotans never got the chance to even catch a glimpse of the late Queen Elizabeth II. But we have come to know her, in a way, through the movies, TV shows, songs and books about her and inspired…  Read More

VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com   VOCALESSENCE ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’ CONCERT MOVES TO NORTHROP, FILLING A BIGGER VENUE WITH A GIANT BLAST OF HOLIDAY JOY  For the First Time, All VocalEssence Ensembles Join Together on One Stage–Dec. 10 & 11  MINNEAPOLIS—August 23, 2022—It’s a beloved annual holiday tradition for many, and this year,…  Read More

An Event 800 Years in the Making! VocalEssence Welcomes Spain’s Montserrat Boy Choir in Midwest Premiere

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 Jennifer@owl-marketing.com AN EVENT 800 YEARS IN THE MAKING! VOCALESSENCE WELCOMES SPAIN’S MONTSERRAT BOY CHOIR IN MIDWEST PREMIERE The Basilica of Saint Mary is sacred setting for a once-in-a-lifetime appearance—Nov. 11 MINNEAPOLIS—August 12, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence welcomes the Montserrat Boy Choir in the historic performance group’s first-ever visit to…  Read More

CELEBRATE MUSICAL SIBLINGS FELIX AND FANNY WITH VOCALESSENCE 2022-23 SEASON OPENER—“THE MENDELSSOHNS” 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann  612-716-0556  Jennifer@owl-marketing.com  CELEBRATE MUSICAL SIBLINGS FELIX AND FANNY WITH VOCALESSENCE 2022-23 SEASON OPENER—“THE MENDELSSOHNS”  Two prolific Romantic-era composers, one extraordinary program of music—October 15  MINNEAPOLIS—August 1, 2022—This fall, VocalEssence will feature compositions by siblings Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel side by side in a single program, The Mendelssohns. The…  Read More

VocalEssence New Season

by Rob Hubbard Star Tribune | July 1, 2022 Tickets are on sale for VocalEssence’s 2022-23 season, which opens with an evening of music by composers Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn at Arden Hill’s Bethel University (Oct. 15). Then Spain’s Montserrat Boys Choir visits the Midwest for the first time (Nov. 11, Basilica of st. Mary,…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces 2022-2023 Season, “Singing the World Awake”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 jennifer@owl-marketing.com VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2022-2023 SEASON, “SINGING THE WORLD AWAKE,” CELEBRATING THE JOY AND POWER OF SINGING All VocalEssence choirs will perform together for the first time in monumental new season MINNEAPOLIS—June 22, 2022—VocalEssence—one of the world’s premier choral music organizations—is thrilled to announce (in four-part harmony of course) its 2022-2023 concert season.…  Read More

Stewart Copeland

Stewart Copeland, Of The Police, To Perform With VocalEssence

Heather Brown and Jason DeRusha WCCO | May 6, 2022 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/6235733-stewart-copeland-of-the-police-to-perform-with-vocalessense/ WCCO talked with Copeland to find out how he is making a name for himself as a composer of choral works. To watch the interview, click on the video player below.

Stewart Copeland

Fall from Grace

  Click the button below to read the article, “Fall from Grace” by David Wordsworth, which appeared in the May 2022 edition of Choir & Organ. Read Article

Stewart Copeland

Sunday Sermons with Dan Barreiro

Dan is back giving the sermons ahead of game 4 between the Wild and Blues, drummer from ‘The Police’ Stewart Copeland joins off the top, and Russo Radio joins from St Louis to preview game 4. Click the player below to listen to the interview. (If you wish to skip directly to the interview, go…  Read More

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Stewart Copeland: interview with Jill Riley

by Jill Riley The Current | May 6, 2022 https://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2022/05/06/stewart-copeland-police-composer-vocalessence-interview-with-jill-riley Stewart Copeland rose to international renown for his work as a drummer for the innovative rock band, the Police. Beyond his work as a rock drummer, Copeland has also forged a successful career as a composer, creating music for films, television and the stage. He…  Read More

6 cool things in music include Placebo, Naomi Judd and Dee Dee Bridgewater

by Dawn Novak and Jim Bream Star Tribune | May 6, 2022 https://m.startribune.com/6-cool-things-in-music-charlap-placebo-naomi-judd-dee-dee-bridgewater-joy-oladukon-stewart-copeland/600170973/?clmob=y&c=n A half-dozen cool things in music, from two points of view: Dawn Novak of Electric Fetus: 1 Placebo, “Never Let Me Go.” I’ve been a fan of Placebo ever since their 1996 self-titled album. Their eighth studio album is a banger that shows these…  Read More