Recordings: WITNESS - VocalEssence

  • Dance Like the Wind: Music of Today’s Black Composers

    Thought-provoking and moving music by eight modern composers spans the range of expression from solo cello to chorus, from jazz ensemble to woodwind quintet. Anthony Elliott, cello; Yolanda Williams, Dan Dressen, Maria Jette, soloists; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with…  Read more »

  • Got the Saint Louis Blues: Classical Music in the Jazz Age

    Vibrant music from the crossroads — South and North, African and American, church and street — characterizes the era between 1914 and 1930. Jearlyn Steele, soprano; Michael Forest, tenor; Paul Shaw, piano; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra; Philip…  Read more »

  • Skyward My People Rose: Music of William Grant Still

    William Grant Still’s music for chorus, orchestra and organ brings the blues into the concert hall, ragtime to the ballet stage and the Old World into a new era. William Warfield, narrator; Hilda Harris, Yolanda Williams, soloists; VocalEssence Ensemble Singers…  Read more »

  • The WITNESS Collection (4-CD Set)

    VocalEssence WITNESS recordings showcase the music of trailblazing African American composers — the soul of American classical music. “In this ground-breaking series of recordings, Philip Brunelle and the artistic forces of VocalEssence have championed the nearly forgotten artistry of the…  Read more »

  • What a Mighty God: Spirituals and Gospels for Chorus

    Stirring spirituals and rousing gospel melodies sung by a superb chorus. VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and Chorus with orchestra and jazz band; special guests Moore by Four; Philip Brunelle, conductor “Flawless choral singing, presented with a genuine feeling of compassion and…  Read more »

  • WITNESS: André Thomas – Concert Recording

    VocalEssence, The St. Olaf Choir and three Minnesota High School Choirs — Central High School (Saint Paul); Hastings High School and Washburn High School (Minneapolis) — are featured in a new live concert recording available exclusively by download from Instant…  Read more »

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