An Event 800 Years in the Making! VocalEssence Welcomes Spain’s Montserrat Boy Choir in Midwest Premiere
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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 the Midwest, with a November 11 concert at the majestic Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.
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“We are thrilled to be bringing this legendary choir, founded 800 years ago, a living expression of the timeless power of vocal performance, to the Midwest for the very first time,” says VocalEssence founder and artistic director Philip Brunelle. “At VocalEssence, our efforts to extend the practice of singing together to every corner of our community nurtures our own legacy so, we offer a perfect union of performer and venue–the Montserrat Boy Choir at the breathtaking Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.”
The Montserrat Boy Choir, made up of boys ranging in age from 9 to 14 who attend the Escolania de Montserrat, is one of the oldest music schools in Spain. They are the official choir of the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat in Catalonia, perched atop a mountain near Barcelona. The choir boasts a diverse repertoire worthy of their eight centuries of tradition. Works range from Gregorian chant and music of the Spanish baroque to more contemporary pieces by former Music Director Bernat Vivancos and pioneering music educator Zoltan Kodály.
The Montserrat Boy Choir concert is at 7:30 pm on November 11, at Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis. Tickets, priced between $25 and $45, are available online now. For season tickets, details about the season, individual tickets and other information, please visit www.vocalessence.org.
VocalEssence, the choral organization Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says “sings magnificently,” provides opportunities that draw upon the power of singing together to nurture community, inspire creativity, affirm the value of all persons, and expand the impact of choral music. VocalEssence was founded in 1969 and through its performance series has debuted more than 300 commissions and world premieres. VocalEssence Learning & Engagement programs help people of all ages bridge, create, and learn across cultures by connecting them with renowned choral experts to provide exceptional role models, grow community self-esteem, self-expression, and engagement. For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org.
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