Pioneer Press: This weekend in the Twin Cities: Como Town, cloggers, children’s shows and Chicago
04/24/2014 02:24:38 PM CDT
Sunday: Peter Tchaikovsky isn’t particularly well
known for writing sacred music, with symphonies, concertos and ballets
like “The Nutcracker” and “Swan Lake” dominating his public profile.
But, when he did write for the church, he went big. Take his “Liturgy of
St. John Chrysostom,” a massive choral work that paved the path for
other romantic-era interpretations of Eastern Orthodox liturgy, like the
Vespers of Sergei Rachmaninoff. To close its 45th season, conductor
Philip Brunelle and the singers of VocalEssence offer a rare performance
of the work, joined by choirs from four colleges: Bethel, Gustavus
Adolphus, Luther and St. Thomas. 3 p.m.; Benson Great Hall, 3900 Bethel
Drive, Arden Hills; $40-$10; 612-371-5656 or vocalessence.org.
— Rob Hubbard