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April 2014                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

It's been a busy couple of weeks for the Chorale and our family of choirs, with every ensemble performing for appreciative fans. Read on for details!

   Eric Whitacre conducts the Chorale in concert

Eric Whitacre conducting Celebrate Minnesota's unique choral culture with choral music's biggest star, composer Eric Whitacre, who will lead the Chorale and the Minnesota Orchestra in an evening of song. We'll perform works by Aaron Copland and Whitacre's own compositions, including the tender Five Hebrew Love Songs and Equus. The program also includes Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and Kilar's Orawa.

Eric Whitacre: Gather at the River
Minnesota Chorale, Minnesota Orchestra, and soprano Hila Plitmann
Eric Whitacre, conductor

Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

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   Verdi 200: "Hugely satisfying!"

Last Thursday's blizzard couldn't stop intrepid Minnesota Chorale singers from trekking to Duluth for a successful performance of Verdi's towering "Messa da Requiem." Joining forces with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, the DSSO Chorus (Matthew Olson, director), and the UMD University Singers (Stanley Wold, director) the Chorale's Saturday performance, "as dynamic and operatic as anything Verdi ever composed," (Duluth News Tribune, April 6, 2014) received warm ovations from an enthusiastic crowd. We look forward to future collaborations with our artistic peers up North! (And more S'mores by the lake.)

Link to more photos from our Duluth trip

   News from our youth choirs

Our Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Prelude ensembles present their annual spring concert on Saturday, April 26. Join us for this free, family-friendly concert - you'll be amazed to hear what these talented young singers can do!

Spring Concert: Let the Children Sing
Patrice Arasim (MYC) and Elizabeth Egger (Prelude), conductors
Saturday, April 26 at 7:30 pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave. W., Roseville

   The best gala ever!

We heard this more than once from happy guests at our 2014 Gala at the James J. Hill Library on March 29. The evening was a lively mix of music and friendly competition in bidding for hotly-contested auction items. We owe huge thanks to our auctioneer Karen Sorbo; chef Scott McKenzie; our conductors Jerry Rubino, Pat Arasim and Kathy Saltzman Romey; the children and families of the Minneapolis Youth Chorus; event chair Gilah Mashaal, and our awesome operations manager, Emily Asp, who kept the whole event running smoothly from start to finish. And to all the volunteer singers, friends, and party guests who made the evening such fun: thank you! You make us sing!

"Spring is the time of plans and projects." - Leo Tolstoy

This spring is surely a special one, and the sense of renewal we feel is inspired by more than just the return of the sun, the melting of snow banks, and the emergence of new green growth in our gardens. With your help, we've survived the most challenging period in the Chorale's 42-year history.

The trust our friends and community placed in us is precious, and we are determined to live up to it. The entire Chorale organization is in the midst of preparing a new strategic plan to help guide us in the years ahead. The plans and projects we're considering have one uniting theme: to educate, enrich, unite and inspire through the power of the human voice.

You can help. We're reaching out to donors and friends to ask for input on the Minnesota Chorale's mission and activities, and we're eager to hear your thoughts.

Plans and projects take more than just good ideas: they need everyone's support. If you haven't yet made a financial contribution to the Chorale and our family of choirs this year, won't you make a gift today? You'll empower us to reach more people with more music in more places than ever before. Thank you!

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