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Kantorei and the Twin Cities Youth Chorale

Last Saturday, Kantorei and the Twin Cities Youth Chorale combined to present "Singing for a Lifetime!" 

Here's a fantastic photo of Kantorei's conductor, Axel Theimer, conducting the two choirs.

Additional Calendars!

Greetings,

Today I completed adding calendars for North Dakota and South Dakota, and I added a new Choral Calendar to view all 5 states together.  Check out the new All States Choral Calendar here

With each state calendar, you can filter the calendar by region.  With the All States Choral Calendar, you can see all of the Concert Postings combined, each state with their own color-coded labels.

Three Unique Concerts this Saturday, March 27

This coming Saturday, March 27, offers three special choral concerts:

 

Deo Cantamus Chorale performs in Plymouth

Concert Details!

Choir Website!

 



 

 

 

First Concert on the Iowa Calendar!

Lee Nelson has just posted the first concert on the Iowa Calendar on ChoralExpress!  Welcome Lee and the Wartburg College Ritterchor (Mens' Choir). Check out the great program entitled: Songs of Heaven and Earth.

Here's the link to the Concert Posting for the March 28 Concert at Wartburg College.

This same program will be presented in Minnesota on March 27 in New Brighton - here's the link with the details for the Minnesota concert.

Palm Sunday Passion Concerts, March 28

The Westminster Presbyterian Church Choir will present Bach's St. John Passion at 3:00 pm.  Here are the concert details.

The Masterworks Chorale of Augsburg College will present Passion settings by Mendelssohn (Christus) and Dubois (The Seven Last Words) at 7:00 pm.  Here are the concert details.

Regarding the St. John Passion by Bach, this monumental work (only surpassed by the St. Matthew Passion), offered in English, will surely have a powerful message for the performers and listeners alike.  I hope to attend this performance, which is also set in a beautiful location in Minneapolis.

I had the opportunity to study with Dr. Chet Alwes at the University of Illinois (Urbana) while working on the Graduate Degree in Choral Music.  Dr. Alwes shared his experiences of conducting the St. John Passion - often being moved to tears during the chorales. 

It's important to not underestimate Bach's ability to communicate his musical message on deeper, more psychological levels of the human soul.  I found a Website with notes about the St. John Passion by Donald Teeters that may be of interest:  http://www.bostoncecilia.org/prognotes/bach-st-john.html.

The author, Donald Teeters (2004), refers to a book I have not read: Bach and the Dance of God by Mellers (1981).  Looks like an interesting and insightful text!

 

March 20 Concerts Span the State and All Ages!

The Minnesota Choral Calendar features a set of concerts on Saturday, March 20 - in Walker, Richfield and Brooklyn Park MN.

Kantorei and the Twin Cities Youth Chorale team up for their concert "Singing for a Lifetime!" in Brooklyn Park at 7 pm

From Age to Age presents their performance at the Community Church of Walker at 7:30 pm

and the Minnesota Boychoir are joined by the Meade County (Kentucky) High School Choirs at 7:30 pm to present their program at the House of Prayer Lutheran Church in Richfield MN. 

And isn't this really what choral music is all about?  Singing across all generations! 

Do You or Your Choir (or Choir Board) Need a Retreat?

If you are looking for a beautiful setting for a retreat for your choir or choir board/leadership, consider the ARC Retreat Center in Cambridge, MN.

This wonderful organization can accommodate groups of up to 22 members in a beautiful natural setting.  A great way to get away from the cities and retreat from the hectic world of rehearsals and concerts.  Heck, forget about bringing the choir or board members, just arrange for your own retreat!  And let it be known:  the food is absolutely wonderful!

Check out their Website for more information! 

www.arcretreat.org

Cheers!

 

Three Great Concerts This Weekend!

The March Weekends are really filling up on the Minnesota Choral Calendar!  Three great concerts coming up for March 13 and 14 - click on each event listed in the Upcoming Concerts in the Left Sidebar for all the details.

Certainly looks like another 'Typical Choral Music Weekend' in Minnesota!

Additional Choral Calendars

The Choral Calendars have been expanded to include Iowa and Wisconsin Choral Concerts!  I've also created eNewsletter Subscriptions for each state!  Now you can sign up to receive Choral Concert eNewsletters just for your state.  To sign up for your state eNewsletter, go to your state calendar and you'll see the email subscription form on the left sidebar.

Over the next few weeks I'll be adding North Dakota, South Dakota and Nebraska Choral Calendars.  So stay tuned for more updates!

Choral Arts Ensemble Presents Choral Treasures Tonight in Rochester

From the Choral Arts Ensemble Website: CAE is excited to present several of the most beloved choral pieces of all time in one spine-tingling concert! Herbert Howells’ emotionally stirring Requiem will be the featured centerpiece of this concert along with a suite from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s majestic Russian tour de force Vespers (All Night Vigil). Samuel Barber’s Agnus Dei (originally Adagio for Strings), performed last season, will be encored, as it was the ‘winner’ of our Audience Favorites poll taken last season! Alongside these masterpieces will be musical jewels by Orlando Gibbons, Kenneth Jennings, Dominick Argento and Stephen Paulus. Cozy up to our ‘choral fireplace’ as the voices of CAE present a program of favorite a cappella treasures!

Here are the details about this wonderful concert at the Zumbro Lutheran Church at 8:00 pm tonight in Rochester.

Please note the Pre-Concert Lecture at 7:30 PM!