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Weekend Picks: First-ever Twin Cities Art Week, events at Penumbra and the Capri, Chihuly, Queen Sonja of Norway’s visit

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | October 13, 2022 It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of galleries and museums are spiffed up with special events. Plus a lot more. It’s the Twin Cities Art Week this week, a new festival of sorts where all kinds of…  Read More

‘Midwinter’ heats up with plethora of weekend events

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | March 3, 2022 There’s flamenco happening in St. Paul at Park Square, and gallery reception happening at Macalester with four really interesting artists that are looking at history and memory in unusual ways. Congratulations. We’ve gotten past the direst cold months and welcome a reprieve as we officially enter “midwinter.”…  Read More

Events in the Community

VocalEssence brings people together through song, and we want you to join us! Get Minnesota Singing Tour: VocalEssence is going on the road to Greater Minnesota to bring our communities together through song. Together We Sing Festival: In partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, VocalEssence invites you to spend part of your MLK weekend to…  Read More

Concerts and Events

VocalEssence brings our community together through song. Our concerts and events inspire people of all ages to connect with each other, hear beautiful music, and create music of their own. Concert Series: Each season, VocalEssence performs 5-7 concerts around the community for audiences ages 6 and up. Our music goes beyond the typical choir standards,…  Read More

13 Minnesota arts and entertainment events we can’t wait to see in 2019

By Terry Blain | Special to the Star Tribune DECEMBER 27, 2018 — 6:00PM: Star Tribune critics and editors anticipate most promising art and entertainment. ‘Candide,’ Cowles Center, March 21-24 A world gone crazy, full of unpredictable perils and reverses of fortune. Sound familiar? It’s the back story to Leonard Bernstein’s operetta “Candide,” a rambunctious treatment of Voltaire’s…  Read More

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events 2019

By Deb Mazzacco  Pioneer Press January 18, 2019—5:24 pm Here’s a roundup of Minneapolis and St. Paul events Saturday, Sunday and Monday commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. Day. SATURDAY, JAN. 19-MONDAY, JAN. 21 St. Paul: MLK Weekend at the Minnesota History Center. Family art activities, service projects, performances, closing of “The 1968 Exhibit,” noon to 3 p.m.…  Read More

Fundraising Events

VocalEssence hosts various small events throughout each season to engage and inform new audiences about the incredible work we do. Our largest event is our biennial gala fundraiser, which take place again in the Spring of 2022. Click the link below for more information. VocalEssence Gala 2022

OLLI CLASS: Singing the World Awake

May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

This program will explore styles of singing from around the world. With special guest Moira Smiley, renowned folk singer, VocalEssence artistic director Philip Brunelle will engage the audience as they explore oral traditions of singing from various parts of the world. It promises to be a lively and fascinating journey through the world of song!…  Read More

Weekend Picks: Celebrate Black History Month in song and essays; a night in Havana; and more

By Sheila Regan MinnPost | February 23, 2023 A world of Twin Cities art and culture awaits this weekend after the snowstorm. VocalEssence celebrates Black History Month with Joe Davis and The New Renaissance, in the choral performance, “WITNESS: Reawakening Love.”   Snowstorm? What snowstorm? After this madness has passed, the world of Twin…  Read More

Critics’ picks: The 11 best things to do and see in the Twin Cities this week

By Star Tribune Staff Star Tribune | February 23, 2023 Critics’ picks for entertainment in the week ahead. Muse & Evanescence Minneapolis is the second stop on a tour that kicks off Saturday in Chicago, so it’s impossible to say what the arty, Rush-channeling British rockers in Muse will have up their sleeves. Their…  Read More

Leave a Legacy

The Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society recognizes those who make a provision for VocalEssence in their will or estate plans. The society is named in honor of our visionary founder, Philip Brunelle, who every day inspires the community to open their ears to new music from diverse cultures. How to Join the Philip Brunelle Founder’s Society You…