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September Concerts

The Rose Ensemble, pictured here, will present their FREE season opener: Land of Three Faiths, on September 9.  Click here for all the details!

On September 11, the Susquehanna Chorale will present Mozart's Requiem: A Community Remembers Concert.  Click here for all the details!

And Five By Design rounds out the month with their Club Swing on Wisconsin Public Television on September 30.  Click here for all the details!

Is your choir on ChoralExpress?  If not, please consider registering today!  Click here to get started.  And the price to post a full year of concerts and audition notices is still only $20.00.  

Summer Concerts on the Choral Calendar

Summer is a great time for a choral concert!  In fact, there is a choir in Minnesota that is called the Summer Singers, pictured here!

Here's some info about them:

The Summer Singers is a chamber-sized vocal ensemble. We rehearse for ten weeks each summer to prepare community concerts. Some of the current Singers have been with the group since it was founded in 1988. New Singers have joined from other vocal organizations, colleges or universities. Many members continue singing during the year in other notable groups but find the focus and intimacy of summer singing especially rewarding.

The choir is directed by Vicki Peters.  

For more information about this choir, and their upcoming concert list, check out their page here.

Songs of Temperance and Temptation

Described as a "grandiose show for a musical exploration of the history and humor", the Rose Ensemble presents Songs of Temperance and Temptation in June.  I love historical performances that highlight local history - and this program will combine readings and even showtunes to tell the story of Minnesota's love-hate relationship with the pub.

Head over to the Rose Ensemble's website for more information about the group and the concerts.

www.RoseEnsemble.org

 

Minnesota Boychoir Annual Spring Concert!

The Minnesota Boychoir, pictured here, will present their Annual Spring Concert on Saturday, June 4.  Click here for all of the details about this wonderful program and choir.

The Minnesota Boychoir, founded in 1962, is the oldest boychoir in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area. The Boychoir's reputation for excellence has brought invitations from local and national music conventions, as well as sporting events and touring Broadway companies. The Boychoir has performed with the Minnesota Orchestra, the Minnesota Opera, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony, the Prague Philharmonic, Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion on National Public Radio, and a long list of local and national performers. This season, our choirboys will be featured in three different collaborations with the Minnesota Orchestra (A Scandinavian Christmas, Jingle Bell Doc and Carl Orff's Carmina Burana), have first-time appearance with the Great Northern Union Chorus, and will perform Mahler's Symphony #3 with the University of Minnesota Orchestra and Chorus. The choir's schedule also includes national and international tours. Past tours have thrilled audiences in twelve states and on five continents. Three years ago in celebration of our 45th Anniversary Season, our boys headlined the World Voices Australia International Choral Festival at Sydney's famed Opera House. This summer to kickoff our 50th Anniversary Season, we travel to Milan, Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy.

St. Olaf Choir Celebration Weekend

The St. Olaf Choir, pictured here, will present a Celebration Weekend Concert on Saturday, May 28 at 8 PM.  Click here for more details!

The director, Anton Armstrong is the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College and Conductor of the St. Olaf Choir, a position he assumed in 1990. He came to this position following ten years in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he served on the faculty of Calvin College and conducted the Campus Choir, the Calvin College Alumni Choir and the Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.

A graduate of St. Olaf College, Anton Armstrong earned a Master of Music degree at the University of Illinois and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Michigan State University. He holds membership in several professional societies including the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, Chorus America, and the International Federation for Choral Music. He also serves as editor of a multicultural choral series for Earthsongs Publications and co-editor of the revised St. Olaf Choral Series for Augsburg Fortress Publishers.  

Busy Weekend of Choral Concerts!

This coming weekend has 13 concerts on the Choral Calendar!  So for all of you choral music lovers, it's going to be a great weekend for Spring choral concerts!

So check out the Choral Calendar for the listings:

Friday, May 20

Saturday, May 21

Sunday, May 22

The NEW Audition Notices page is now listing a number of choirs with audition notices for this Spring.  

Check out the new page here:

Audition Notices

Are you looking for some new recordings??  
Check out Tom's iTunes page for a listing of recordings by choirs using ChoralExpress!

Tom's iTunes

PIPFest 2011 - A Children's Choir Festival!

Seven choirs combine to sing under the direction of Steven Hatfield on Saturday, May 14 at the Benson Great Hall at Bethel University.  This wonderful event is sponsored by the Partners in Praise Girls Choir, a member of ChoralExpress. 

More information about the event is posted here on ChoralExpress.

Post your Audition Notices on ChoralExpress!

Yes, Spring is the time of year when many choirs are posting their audition notices for new singers (and for returning singers, too!).  I've added a new feature to ChoralExpress and now registered members can post their audition notices on the site.  The process is very similar to using the concert posting form.  

If you are new to ChoralExpress, please consider registering your choir today.  The annual registration fee is only $20/year and includes a full year of concert postings AND audition notices!

Click here to register today!

 

Music for Spring

On May 6, enjoy an evening of great choral and pop music as the Minnetonka Symphony Chorus, Choral Reflections of Minnetonka (pictured), and the Minnetonka Youth Chamber Choir (ensembles of the Music Association of Minnetonka) share the stage!  Click here for more information about the Music Association of Minnetonka!

And plan now to attend the concerts for the month of May on the Choral Calendar.  I'm so grateful to have so all of the choirs sharing their concerts on ChoralExpress.   Here's the May 2011 eNewsletter.

If your choir hasn't joined yet, please consider joining today!  You can list your choir for free and share your concerts on the Choral Calendar for only $20.00 per year.  

Click here to register today!

 

Wonderful Weekend of Concerts!

This coming weekend, April 30/May 1, is a wonderful weekend for choral music concerts!  I'm pleased to have concert postings from Minnesota, New Jersey, and North Dakota!

And Spring seems to be finally arriving here in Minnesota - this morning the sun is shining, the birds are singing and the promise of new life (and no more snow!) is gently blowing in the warming breeze.  

Choral music and Springtime are made for each other!  Check out the choral calendar and Showcase ADs to find a concert near you.  

HAPPY SPRING!

Easter Sunday Mass with Twin Cities Catholic Chorale

Mariazeller Mass by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

On behalf of everyone connected to the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, Orchestra and Soloists, we would like to wish each of you a very blessed Easter. We are happy to be back for our spring season and look forward to large crowds celebrating the 10:00 AM Mass with us each Sunday through mid June.

Click here for directions and other information about this special Easter Mass.

A few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI and 30,000 pilgrims traveled to Mariazell in the Styrian Alps to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the founding of Austria’s national shrine. “Mariazell” means “Mary in the cell,” a reference to the cell of Benedictine Monk Magnus, who carried a lime-tree wood statue of Mary to the site in 1157 and founded a chapel there. Ailing visitors who prayed before the statue reported miraculous cures, and by the 17th Century, 300,000 or more pilgrims visited it annually. Haydn composed his Mass in 1782 for a count from Mariazell, probably for a society that fostered pilgrimages to the shrine. The fugues that close the Gloria, Credo and Agnus Dei are masterful examples of choral writing. The Benedictus uses the melody of the Austrian national hymn, “God Save the Kaiser Franz” in a tender and touching manner. In the key of C, the orchestration requires strings, two oboes, two trumpets and tympani. Because of the restrictions imposed by the Emperor Joseph II, Haydn did not compose another Mass until 1796 when he wrote the Pauken Mass and the Heiligemesse.

As in the past, the Chorale and Orchestra will perform Victimae Paschali by Pietro A. Yon for the Offertory. This moving work is a favorite of people attending Easter Sunday Mass at the Church of Saint Agnes. The beautiful Alleluia reminds us of the great joy and celebration on this special day.

Click here for the Twin City Catholic Chorale website.