When VocalEssence brings in a group like Voz en Punto for VocalEssence Presents: Voz en Punto on November 15, we engage them in more than the performance—we want them to work with all aspects of the community! From November 13-16, the group will visit schools, lead a community sing and perform as part of a worship service. Enjoy some highlights of their trip:
- Voz en Punto will work with the concert choir at Anoka High School, one of José Galván’s schools when he participated in the 2013-2014 VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! program. They will work on Spanish language music from Mexico as well as share some of the traditional songs from Mexico that they perform.
- Voz en Punto will perform a 45-minute assembly at Parkway Middle School in Saint Paul (75% free and reduced lunch) as part of VocalEssence advocacy for choral arts. Since this school has a young choral program with only 35 students and 14% of their student body is Latino, both the principal and music teacher want to expose their students to professional musicians from a variety of cultures so that they can continue to build their music program.
- Voz en Punto director and past VocalEssence ¡Cantaré! composer José Galván will engage singers of all ages in a FREE Community Sing on Saturday, November 14 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Saint Paul. It will be a fun-filled morning of singing, laughing and dancing Mexican-style. The parish was founded in 1931 by a small group of Mexican immigrants and continues to thrive today with life and enthusiasm.
- On Saturday, November 14 at 2 pm, Voz en Punto will perform an hour-long concert for visitors at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul. The performance is free with museum admission.
- Voz en Punto will sing several sacred selections for the two morning services on Sunday, November 15 at Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.
This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.