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2012 Holiday Edition                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

The Minnesota Chorale presents a menu of lively concerts to help you celebrate the holiday season!

Messiah Sing-Along this Sunday
MNuet showcase Dec. 4
Youth Chorus concert Dec. 7
Messiah with SPCO musicians
History Corner

Messiah Sing-Along this Sunday

Join us for a perennial holiday favorite: our annual Sing-Along of Handel's Messiah. Fun, informal, family-friendly, and free, our rousing, participatory concert is the perfect way to launch a season of celebration. Bring your own score or buy one at the door; a limited number of scores will be available to borrow.

Messiah Sing-Along
Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
Lynn Trapp, organ
Sunday, December 2 at 6:30 pm
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 South 8th Street, Minneapolis
No admission charge; free will offering

More info here

MNuet Showcase at Bryant Lake Bowl

Bryant Lake BowlLace up your bowling shoes for classical music in a most unlikely setting! Join Chorale singers for brief excerpts from Messiah at the legendary Bryant Lake Bowl. We'll sing a few favorite selections from the oratorio, and answer questions from MNuet showcase host Matt Peiken. Seating is extremely limited: call 612.825.8949 for reservations or click here to purchase online.

MNuet Showcase
Tuesday, December 4 at 7 pm
Bryant Lake Bowl
810 West Lake Street, Minneapolis
$12 / $6 MNuet members

Youth Chorus concert Dec. 7

MYC logoEnjoy an evening of music, friendship, and fun! The Minneapolis Youth Chorus Winter Concert includes singers from both MYC and our new Prelude chorus for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. It's a perfect opportunity for families and music fans of all ages to hear a delightful concert of choral music for young voices.

MYC/Prelude Winter Concert: Patrice Arasim, conductor
Friday, December 7 at 7 pm
Jefferson Community School Auditorium
1200 W. 26th St., Minneapolis
Free and open to the public

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Messiah concerts with SPCO musicians

MessiahExperience the splendor of this quintessential holiday favorite in one of the most magnificent concert settings in the Twin Cities! Soloists: Karin Wolverton (soprano), Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Brad Benoit (tenor) and Richard Ollarsaba (bass-baritone).

Handel's Messiah
Hugh Wolff, conductor
Musicians of the SPCO
Thurs. & Fri., Dec. 20 & 21; 7:30 pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 S. 12th St., Minneapolis

Click here for tickets or call 800.838.3006

History Corner

Our first performance of Handel's Messiah was in December of 1973, during the Chorale's second year. Conductor Henry Charles Smith led that first performance with the Minnesota Orchestra. Messiah became an annual December tradition for the Chorale beginning in 1979. Since that date, we've performed it with both the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra, with such illustrious conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Margaret Hillis, Paul Goodwin, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Warren-Green, Simon Halsey, and Stephen Layton.

How do we do it?

Over the past 40 years, we've heard this question more than a time or two: how do we do it? Year after year, how do we maintain our artistic excellence, our precision and clarity, and our devotion to the choral arts at such a high level? How do we keep up our community involvement through Bridges and Voices of Experience? How do we support and nurture young singers through educational initiatives like the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, Prelude, and Men in Music?

The answer's easy.
We do it because of YOU!

You are the passionate singers who give us your very best, from first rehearsal to the concert stage.
You are the committed and talented staff members, whose artistic preparation and organizational savvy keep us up to the mark.
You are the faithful fans and friends whose applause sustains us at concerts, and whose donations support our ongoing mission to educate, enrich, unite and inspire through choral music.
You play a vital part in making us sing!

During this season of giving, won't you consider an end-of-year donation to help set the Minnesota Chorale on its path toward 40 more years of meaningful music-making?

For all you do, thank you!

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