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January 2014                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

It's a brand-new year, and things are looking up! The entire community is rejoicing at the good news that the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra have voted to ratify a new contract with the Minnesota Orchestra Association. The Chorale will soon be back at Orchestra Hall, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Meanwhile, we've got a lively selection of fantastic, free independent concerts coming up this month and next. Read on for more details.

   Mozart sing-along this Sunday

Mozart Requiem Sing-Along, Sunday, January 26 Following on the heels of our thrilling, sold-out Mozart Requiem concert performances with the musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra, we bring you the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to sing along! Join us at the Landmark Center on Sunday afternoon, January 26, when Chorale Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey takes the podium to lead the audience and Chorale singers through Mozart's thrilling Requiem, with full symphony orchestra! Kicking off the afternoon's festivities, conductor Jeffrey Stirling leads the St. Paul Civic Symphony in Tchaikovsky's lively Theme & Variations from Suite No. 3. We'll have scores available to borrow or purchase, or bring your own. Free and fun for all ages! Winter Carnival Revelers welcome. (Yes, even Vulcans!)

Mozart Requiem Sing-Along
Minnesota Chorale & St. Paul Civic Symphony
Kathy Saltzman Romey & Jeffrey Stirling, conductors

Sunday, January 26 at 3:00 pm
Landmark Center
75 W.5th St.
St. Paul, MN

Free-will offering; no tickets or reservations

   Nothing but Treble concert, February 7
Minneapolis Youth Chorus

Celebrate the high notes with the Minneapolis Youth Chorus and the women of the Minnesota Chorale in a concert celebrating the joy of multi-generational music-making. A fun evening for the whole family!

Nothing but Treble
Women of the Minnesota Chorale and Minneapolis Youth Chorus
Patrice Arasim and Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductors
Friday, February 7 at 7:30 pm
Jefferson Community School Auditorium
1200 W. 26th St.

Free-will offering

   Men in Music, March 7
Men in Music

The men of the Minnesota Chorale are beginning their annual high school choral residency. This year, they're singing with schools from the east and west metro: St. Paul's Central and Como Park, and Osseo High School. This one-of-a kind mentoring program helps engage young men and encourages them to continue their involvement in the choral arts; mark your calendars for the program's conclusion, a free public concert at Osseo High School on Friday, March 7 at 8:00 pm at Osseo.

   March 29: save the date for our annual gala!

Our annual gala is just around the corner, and we're looking forward to seeing you there! The party's on Saturday, March 29 from 6:30 to 10:00 pm at the James J. Hill Library in St. Paul. With fabulous finger foods, two exciting auctions, and entertainment by singers of the Minnesota Chorale and the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, it's a feast for the senses! Bid on fantastic items like a week on Martha's Vineyard; a trip to California Wine Country, concerts, sports events, and more. Early bird price before March 1 is $75 per ticket; after that, tickets are $100 each; table sponsorships are available at $1,000 for 12 guests. Reservations are open now: click here to save your place!

"I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks; and ever thanks."

William Shakespeare, from "Twelfth Night"

The end of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout is a tremendous relief to the entire Minnesota Chorale family: singers, artistic and administrative staff, board members, and our many friends and fans who've kept us going over the past 15 months. Thank you for your many messages of strength and consolation; for your enthusiastic attendance at concerts and events; for your generous voluntarism and monetary gifts. We wouldn't still be here without you, and we are more grateful than we can adequately say. There's a lot of rebuilding ahead, and we're hoping we can rely on your ongoing support. We're looking forward to seeing you at our upcoming concerts and at our March 29 Gala. Meanwhile, let us say again: thanks, and thanks: and ever thanks!

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