VocalEssence to Release Newest Holiday Album: ‘Nordic Nativity’ Celebrates the Season with Nordic Cool
VOCALESSENCE TO RELEASE NEWEST HOLIDAY ALBUM:
“NORDIC NATIVITY” CELEBRATES THE SEASON WITH NORDIC COOL
Compilation of songs from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark
includes Christmas favorites old and new
MINNEAPOLIS—July 28, 2015—Glaedelig jul! Joyous Christmas! Minneapolis-based choral ensemble VocalEssence will release its newest album, “Nordic Nativity,” featuring traditional holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The CD features songs recorded during VocalEssence “Welcome Christmas” concerts in 2010 and 2014.
A follow-up to four previous VocalEssence holiday recordings, “Nordic Nativity,” recorded at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis, celebrates the Nordic composers’ ability to craft an addicting melody that stays with you. Traditional Nordic fiddle music performed by Sara Pajunen adds an authentic touch.
“Choral music is a beloved part of holiday carols—and VocalEssence is so pleased to be releasing this new album as a soundtrack for everyone’s holiday celebrations,” says Philip Brunelle, artistic director, VocalEssence, who conducted the recorded performances. “Everything Nordic is hot right now, right? ‘Nordic Nativity’ is a great way to bring beautiful Christmas music from those countries—eighteen traditional and modern favorites—to the forefront as well.”
“Nordic Nativity” will be available for purchase at VocalEssence concerts, beginning with the 47th season premiere, Dreams of the Fallen on October 11, 2015. The digital album will also be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon on October 1, 2015.
VocalEssence, called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts—and the choral ensemble that Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones says “sings magnificently”—impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its initiative programs, contests, and support for innovative art. VocalEssence was founded in 1969 and has debuted more than 240 commissions and world premieres. For more information, visit www.vocalessence.org.