Press Release

Second performance by Cuban choir added to VocalEssence Concert Season

(Minneapolis – July 31, 2012) — On Saturday, November 10 (8 pm) VocalEssence will present Cuba’s
foremost chorus, Schola Cantorum Coralina, at House of Hope Presbyterian Church
in St. Paul. Already known and beloved world-wide, this appearance marks their United
States debut. Due to demand
for this highly anticipated concert, VocalEssence has added a second
performance by Schola Cantorum Coralina on Sunday, November 11 (4 pm).

Coralina’s classical and Latin-infused choral music has been
described as “awe inspiring,” “phenomenally entertaining” and “deeply
authentic.” They create an undeniable presence with their dynamic range and
direct connection to the audience. Tickets for both performances ($20-$40,
service charges apply) are now available at or 612-371-5656.

Coralina is distinguished by the wide versatility of their work and their
ability to perform in a broad range of interpretative styles that comprise
their repertoire. They move from the Renaissance to the present day, with a
focus on folk and sacred music of Cuba and Latin America as well as famous
choral masterpieces. Their concerts are noted for virtuosic elements, with a broad
palette of colors and vocal nuances, as well as a sense of humor and Cuban
emotion that makes them a favorite with every audience.

“They have such energy, a beautiful precise tone and a wonderful feeling about
them,” Philip Brunelle says, adding, “This is a concert that people will
be talking about for years and years.”

High-resolution photos of Schola Cantorum Coralina are available for download
For additional information, contact Katryn Conlin (,


Schola Cantorum Coralina

Alina Orraca, conductor

Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 8 pm
House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue,
Saint Paul

Concert Conversation with John Birge and Alina Orraca at
7 pm

Second Performance:

Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 4 pm
House of Hope Presbyterian Church
797 Summit Avenue,
Saint Paul

Tickets: $20-$40 (service charges apply)

Repertoire may include:

Jubiaba (Fonseca)
La Muerte del Angel (Piazzolla)
Se Equivoco La Paloma (Guastavino)
Tangueando (Escalada)
Benedictus (Alvarez)
Misa Criolla (Ramirez)
Misa Para Coro Acapella (Cayabyab)