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Gjeilo

Ola Gjeilo | 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 Ola Gjeilo. Ola Gjeilo b. 1978 Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of…  Read More

Durufle

Maurice Duruflé | 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 Maurice Duruflé. Maurice Duruflé 1902-1986 The French organist and composer Maurice Duruflé is known for the extraordinary sensitivity in his music. At age ten, he entered the choir school at Rouen Cathedral, where he was…  Read More

Byrd

William Byrd | 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 William Byrd. William Byrd 1543-1623 As the foremost English composer of the Renaissance, William Byrd made significant contributions to nearly every existing genre and influenced generations of younger composers. From 1563 to 1572, Byrd served…  Read More

Barnwell

Ysaÿe M. Barnwell | 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 Ysaÿe M. Barnwell. Ysaÿe M. Barnwell b. 1946 The composer and singer Ysaÿe M. Barnwell writes meaningful music that choirs love to sing. After studying violin for fifteen years and majoring in music in high…  Read More

Ginastera

Alberto Ginastera | 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 Alberto Ginastera. Alberto Ginastera 1916-1983 Argentinian composer and teacher Alberto Ginastera was widely recognized as among the most significant 20th century composers. He studied composition at the Conservatorio WIlliams and the Conservatorio Nacional de Música,…  Read More

Petr Eben | 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 Petr Eben. Philip is joined by the contralto Lisa Drew. Petr Eben 1929-2007 As one of the foremost Czech composers, Petr Eben wrote beautiful music in nearly all classical genres and forms. He was raised…  Read More

Brahms

Johannes Brahms | 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 Johannes Brahms. Johannes Brahms 1833-1897 German composer and pianist Johannes Bramhs was one of the most significant composers of the 19th century. His musical education began in childhood with lessons in violin with his father,…  Read More

Ina Boyle

Ina Boyle | 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 Ina Boyle. Ina Boyle  1889-1967 The Irish composer Ina Boyle was the foremost female composer in Ireland before 1950. She lived her entire life in her family home in Enniskerry, a village in County Wicklow,…  Read More

Stanford

Charles Villiers Stanford | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Today, Philip explores the music of English composer Charles Villiers Stanford from the piano in Guild Hall and the organ in the Sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924 The gifted British composer and influential teacher Sir Charles Villiers Stanford was born and raised in Dublin. He showed early promise as…  Read More

Parry

C. Hubert H. Parry | 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 C. Hubert H. Parry. Philip is joined by mezzo-soprano Lisa Drew.  C. Hubert H. Parry 1848-1918 Sir Charles Hubert Hastings Parry was a highly influential British scholar, teacher, and composer. He was raised at Highnam…  Read More

Buxtehude

Dietrich Buxtehude | Musical Moments with Philip Brunelle

Composer Dietrich Buxtehude is Philip’s subject today, discussing and playing the Danish-German’s music from the piano in Guild Hall and the organ in the Sanctuary of Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Dietrich Buxtehude b. circa 1637, d. 1707 The composer and organist Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the most significant composers before J.S. Bach. He…  Read More

Seasons of Love Virtual Choir

 We believe love inspires change, pursues justice, and creates change. We sing in love. This performance of Seasons of Love features members from the VocalEssence Chorus, Ensemble Singers, and Singers Of This Age, and is part of our continued effort to inspire people to use their voices to make this a more equitable world…  Read More

Barber

Samuel Barber | 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 Samuel Barber. Samuel Barber 1910-1981 The treasured American composer Samuel Barber wrote works in nearly every genre and is especially admired for his vocal and choral music. Immersed in music from a young age, Barber…  Read More

How Can We Help You? Online Gala FAQ

How do I watch? Go to https://bit.ly/VEOnlineGala2020 and click “sign up” to register. Enter your personal information and click “I am not a robot.” Then click the green “sign up” button again. This is where you can watch, bid, and give. To start watching the video, click the red and white play button. To chat, click…  Read More

Brown

Uzee Brown Jr. | 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 Uzee Brown Jr. Uzee Brown Jr. b. 1950 The music of Uzee Brown Jr. is performed by choirs around the world. A native of Cowpens, South Carolina, Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts from Morehouse…  Read More