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Gottfried Homilius | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

In this Musical Moment, VocalEssence artistic director and founder Philip Brunelle shares insider information and beautiful music by the composer Gottfried Homilius. Gottfried Homilius 1714-1785 The industrious German composer and organist, Gottfried Homilius, was known for his larger church works which, in the latter part of the 18th century ranked very high. He enrolled at…  Read More

VocalEssence, Cantus return to live and in-person performance; Ragamala Dance at Lyndale Gardens

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost| August 24, 2021 ALSO: Malamanya live at Lyndale Gardens; Teresa Mock presents “The Uncertainty Principle”; and August Green Roof Poetry at the Walker. Special guests for this year’s “Witness” concert at Orchestra Hall will be the Aeolians, the world-renowned choir from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama. Courtesy of VocalEssence Dear Artscape…  Read More

Meet Composer Novelli Jurado and Learn More about VocalEssence! | ¡Conozca Novelli Jurado, Compositor Mexicano, y aprende más sobre VocalEssence!

En Español ¡Saludos y feliz primavera de VocalEssence! ¡Esperamos que haya tomado unos minutos para crear el usuario y contraseña para su suscripción gratuita para nuestro sitio web de VocalEssence On-Demand. ¡Nuestro último correo electrónico tenia contenido y algunos consejos sobre cómo crear su inicio de sesión gratuita para disfrutar de los muchos conciertos que…  Read More

Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl

By Pamela Espeland MinnPost | May 12, 2021 Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl Guthrie to start presenting plays in October; the weekend’s hybrid Art-A-Whirl ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Witness 2021” concert to livestream; Collide Theatrical Dance Company presents “Wonderland”; and more. On Thursday, July 8, the Guthrie, including the Amber Box on…  Read More

Intermedia Arts will give $1 million to Public Functionary; Children’s Theatre offers help to families and teachers

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | April 15, 2021 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2021/04/intermedia-arts-will-give-1-million-to-public-functionary-childrens-theatre-offers-help-to-families-and-teachers/  Covered with art and graffiti, the Intermedia Arts Building was a Minneapolis landmark. Colliers Intermedia Arts may have written its final chapter, with a graceful flourish. In 2017, the 44-year-old nonprofit arts organization experienced a financial crisis it couldn’t survive. It suspended operations, laid off its…  Read More

When can the arts reopen? Dr. Fauci says, ‘If we are careful … sometime in the fall

By: Pamela Espeland MinnPost | March 25, 2021 https://www.minnpost.com/artscape/2021/03/when-can-the-arts-reopen-dr-fauci-says-if-we-are-careful-sometime-in-the-fall/?fbclid=IwAR1afJbgFtNRDnPWRLKgC_53bct5MT2I7wmMa24V4jzIdFPXlj9B-SD637c Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Get vaccinated when you are eligible, continue to wear a mask, and socially distance when out in public.” Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS ALSO: VocalEssence’s “Call of the North” features Minnesota composers and poets; Davina and the Vagabonds to livestream from the Dakota; and…  Read More

Sojourner Truth | Women’s History Month with GPS

GPS highlights the life and legacy of Sojourner Truth for this Sunday edition of Take 5. In addition, we take a look at the traditional Negro spiritual, “Plenty Good Room.” Learn More https://sojournertruthmemorial.org/sojourner-truth/her-history/ https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/sojourner-truth https://www.nps.gov/people/sojourner-truth.htm https://www.nps.gov/articles/sojourner-truth.htm?fbclid=IwAR3AMCWZhp8tbIx8mjKWkza0pHyzVthADFVhfwRogfSv5QjGR_U6mrCeq0M Sponsor Black Excellence Each episode and blog post take $250 to create and produce. Consider sponsoring a day or…  Read More

Judith Jameson | Women’s History Month with GPS

For this Saturday edition of Take 5, GPS highlights the artistic and administrative accomplishments of dancer, Judith Jamison, and also shares a terrific Duke Ellington standard, “I’m Beginning to See the Light.” Learn More https://www.alvinailey.org/alvin-ailey-american-dance-theater/judith-jamison http://pressroom.alvinailey.org/album?c=25045&t=video&p=24&s=order https://www.ted.com/speakers/judith_jamison Sponsor Black Excellence Each episode and blog post take $250 to create and produce. Consider sponsoring a day…  Read More

Zora Neale Hurston | Women’s History Month with GPS

It’s Friday, and what better way to celebrate the end of another week than a little bit of singing? Join GPS as he sends us off into the weekend and shares a little about author Zora Neale Hurston. Our musical pairing is “In the Still of the Night,” by Fred Parris as performed by Fred…  Read More

Elizabeth Catlett | Women’s History Month with GPS

On today’s edition of Take 5, GPS celebrates acclaimed printmaker and sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett, whose work reflects her interest in African art and social issues in the United States and Mexico. Our musical pairing is “I’ll Come Back To You,” as performed by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers. Learn More https://www.elizabethcatlettart.com/bio https://nmwa.org/art/artists/elizabeth-catlett/ https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/artist-focus-elizabeth-catlett https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/elizabeth-catlett-41…  Read More

Ann Lowe | Women’s History Month with GPS

It’s Wednesday and GPS is getting ready for another Wednesday edition of Take 5. Today he’ll be sharing about Wilma Rudolph, the first woman to win 3 gold medals at the Olympic Games. Our musical pairing is “Git On Board, Little Children,” a traditional Negro Spiritual. Learn More https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/wilma-rudolph https://www.biography.com/athlete/wilma-rudolph https://usopm.org/wilma-rudolph/ Sponsor Black Excellence Each…  Read More

Ann Lowe | Women’s History Month with GPS

On this Tuesday edition of Take 5, GPS highlights the contributions of Ann Lowe, first African American to be recognized as a fashion designer. Lowe’s one-of-a-kind designs were a favorite among high society matrons from the 1920s to the 1960s. Our musical pairing is “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson.…  Read More

Dorothy Irene Height | Women’s History Month with GPS

On this Sunday edition of Take 5, GPS highlights the contributions of Dorothy Irene Height, whose organizational and operational skills were unmatched leading to her prominent role in the movement for Civil Rights and her opportunities to consult with US Presidents and First Ladies. We revisit the Black church for our musical inspiration as we…  Read More

Barbara Jordan | Women’s History Month with GPS

Today, GPS highlights the trailblazing career of Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, whose work as an activist and scholar paved the way for many woman that have followed her in public service. We revisit the inspirational and well-known Ben E. King song, “Stand By Me” for our musical inspiration. Learn More https://history.house.gov/People/Detail/16031 https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/barbara-jordan https://www.kff.org/about-barbara-jordan/ Sponsor Black Excellence…  Read More