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VocalEssence and Bach Society of MN make beautiful music together in Christmas concert

December 16, 2023 by Rob Hubbard | Special to the Star Tribune The two talented sets of musicians collaborated on three cantatas from J.S. Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio.” Ask leaders of Twin Cities arts organizations, “What changed during COVID?” and you’ll often hear the word, “collaboration.” Groups that once considered themselves competitors started having conversations…  Read More

VocalEssence Opens Its 55th Season, Together We Sing

October 1, 2023 By Robert Atendido | Twin Cities Geek VocalEssence, the noted Twin Cities choral institution of which I happen to be a member, will be starting its 55th season, Together We Sing, in late October. We have started rehearsals already, and we are preparing both choral classics and new music to delight…  Read More

Weekend picks: Get your ghoul on at ‘The Haunted Avalon’ and with Sparkle Theatricals; get real-life scared contemplating a post-Roe world

October 26, 2023 By Sheila Regan | MinnPost Plus: VocalEssence performs with the St. Olaf Choir; a Hmong-American exhibit of art in different mediums in the east metro, and a Halloween puppet extravaganza on the Midtown Greenway. Halloween approaches and Twin Cities arts organizations are ready. Whether you’re in the mood for immersive outdoor puppetry, ghoulish…  Read More

Choral legend Sigrid Johnson to be honored with premiere of ‘Song in My Heart’

October 18, 2023 By Brian Newhouse| YourClassical  Sigrid Johnson often said, “God gave me two beautiful sons, and every year I’m blessed with 100 daughters.” She conducted St. Olaf College’s 100-voice first-year women’s chorus, the Manitou Singers, for decades. And on Oct. 29 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, the Minnesota choral legend will…  Read More

Critics’ picks: The 13 best things to do and see in the Twin Cities this week

October 24, 2023 By Rob Hubbard | Star Tribune Critics’ picks for entertainment in the week ahead. VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir Here’s a meeting of two groups that remain the gold standard for the richly textured Upper Midwest style of choral singing. The concert features VocalEssence’s Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz…  Read More

Minnesota Montly’s Best Bets: Oct. 23-29

October 23, 2023 By Minnesota Monthly| Minnesota Monthly–mDnRbIebBMZItZ9HSnrIZCDT8WFT6BVeH9LAuaeVUrGR88cJtsDvKYqr_LtGBeXfjGMPwxABedwqLimFWfvJZV2oQgQWwJCBAxkXuwFUeelyDGro&utm_content=279527892&utm_source=hs_email Things to do around Minnesota this week include a VocalEssence concert, Twin Cities Film Fest, Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, and more VocalEssence kicks off its 55th concert season What:  VocalEssence and the St. Olaf Choir When: Oct. 29 Where: Central Lutheran Church, 333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis Um! Yah! Yah! (Need…  Read More

St. Olaf Choir to perform concert with VocalEssence

October 10, 2023 By Connor Boritzke Smith | St. Olaf College The St. Olaf Choir will join forces with VocalEssence for a collaborative concert at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on Sunday, October 29 at 4 p.m. The concert will be conducted by Anton Armstrong ’78, conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, and Philip Brunelle and…  Read More

VocalEssence and The Bach Society Of Minnesota to Present Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio in December

September 2, 2023 by Blair Ingenthron | Broadway World There will be two opportunities to enjoy Bach’s retelling of the traditional Christmas story, December 15 and 16. Old friends and past collaborators the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and the Bach Society of Minnesota will join once again to present  Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. There will be two opportunities to enjoy…  Read More

Songwriter & Activist Melanie DeMore Returns to Minnesota for VocalEssence WITNESS: Leading with Love

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  CONTACT:  Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  SONGWRITER & ACTIVIST MELANIE DEMORE RETURNS TO MINNESOTA FOR VOCALESSENCE WITNESS: LEADING WITH LOVE WITNESS, the annual initiative celebrating Black contributions to American arts, will culminate in concert at Orchestra Hall–March 17  MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Taking that first step forward can be scary when you’re unsure if anyone…  Read More

VocalEssence Founder Philip Brunelle Celebrates Two Milestones with Concert Featuring Music of His Most Beloved Composers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556  VOCALESSENCE FOUNDER PHILIP BRUNELLE CELEBRATES TWO MILESTONES WITH CONCERT FEATURING MUSIC OF HIS MOST BELOVED COMPOSERS “Philip’s Favorites” concert features music from Dominick Argento, John Rutter, Libby Larsen, and more old friends–at the American Swedish Institute, Feb. 4th MINNEAPOLIS—October 2, 2023—Singing and birthday celebrations go together like…  Read More

Share in Bach’s Joyous Christmas Oratorio with VocalEssence and the Bach Society of Minnesota

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS: Jennifer Weismann VocalEssence 612-716-0556 Pam McCarthy-Kern Bach Society of MN 612-360-0647 SHARE IN BACH’S JOYOUS CHRISTMAS ORATORIO WITH VOCALESSENCE AND THE BACH SOCIETY OF MINNESOTA Two concerts, in St. Louis Park and St. Paul, celebrate Bach’s masterwork with thrilling vocals and stunning instrumentation–Dec 15 & 16  MINNEAPOLIS—September 27, 2023—Old…  Read More

The Best Sound of the Season? Four VocalEssence Choirs Bidding One and All to ‘Welcome Christmas’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 THE BEST SOUND OF THE SEASON? FOUR VOCALESSENCE CHOIRS BIDDING ONE AND ALL TO ‘WELCOME CHRISTMAS’! Holiday concert of familiar carols and new compositions returns to Northrop–Dec. 9 & 10 MINNEAPOLIS—August 24, 2023—The vast space of Northrop might find itself struggling to contain the Christmas spirit growing…  Read More

VocalEssence and the St Olaf Choir in Concert Performance Opening Celebrated Choral Organization’s 55th Season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE AND THE ST OLAF CHOIR IN CONCERT PERFORMANCE OPENING CELEBRATED CHORAL ORGANIZATION’S 55TH SEASON Program features Requiem by José Maurícío Nuñes-García and the premiere of a composition in memory of Sigrid Johnson—October 29 MINNEAPOLIS—July 24, 2023—VocalEssence will open its 55th concert season this fall with the…  Read More

Executive Director of VocalEssence Announces Retirement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT Mary Ann Aufderheide to step down after two decades of growth and success for internationally celebrated choral organization  MINNEAPOLIS—September 15, 2023—After two decades as executive director of internationally renowned choral organization VocalEssence, Mary Ann Aufderheide is retiring, marking the end of…  Read More

VocalEssence Announces 2023-2024 Season: “Together We Sing”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jennifer Weismann 612-716-0556 VOCALESSENCE ANNOUNCES 2023-2024  SEASON: “TOGETHER WE SING” VocalEssence will not slow down in season 55 with a celebration of longstanding musical partnerships. MINNEAPOLIS—May 12, 2023—VocalEssence, one of the world’s premier choral music organizations, is gearing up for its “speed limit” season—55 years of making music and celebrating the joy…  Read More