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May 2013                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

   The Big Finish!

Our 40th anniversary season comes to its magnificent conclusion with

Minnesota Chorale artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey conducts the Chorale and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Dvorak’s Te Deum in the first half of the program. Then, hold onto your hats – it’s a thrilling presentation of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with MSO artistic director William Schrickel leading the combined musical forces in this pinnacle of the classical repertoire.

Joining Chorale singers onstage are 14 community singers who make up the first class of our new Fantasy Camp. Campers have spent a month in rehearsal with special coaching and enrichment activities to prepare for the performances. Join us for one – or both – of these lively performances, presented free of charge!

Minnesota Chorale & Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
William Schrickel, conductor

Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 pm
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave. W.
Roseville, MN 55113

Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm
Dragseth Auditorium
South View Middle School
4725 South View Lane
Edina, MN 55424

More info here

   April was the coolest month

In spite of the wintry weather, our family of choirs had a fabulous April! Our all-Bach program, Awake the Voice!, presented in St. Paul and Wayzata, received critical and audience acclaim, and marked the Chorale’s first collaboration with the new Minnesota Bach Ensemble.

Our Minneapolis Youth Chorus (MYC) presented its spring concert on the last Saturday of April at St. Richard’s Catholic Church in Richfield, under the direction of founding conductor Patrice Arasim and associate conductor Walter Tambor. The concert included the newly-formed Prelude choir for younger singers. One Minnesota Chorale singer wrote: “It was an amazing and wonderful concert! Very impressive!” Bravo, MYC and Prelude!

Finally, the Voices of Experience, a program run jointly by the Chorale and MacPhail Center for Music, presented their spring concert last week at MacPhail’s Antonello Hall. VoX Director Jerry Rubino led his singers through an engaging program which included a moving new spoken-word choral rendition of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Two audience sing-alongs, plus coaching from the stage on how to perform with gusto, guaranteed an animated and tuneful finale to VoX’s spring season!

A note of gratitude

We wouldn’t be here without you! The support of our many fans and friends has sustained us through a difficult year, with the lockout of the Minnesota Orchestra musicians and resultant cancellation of scheduled projects. We are hopeful that the management and musicians will reach an equitable solution so that we can all return to Orchestra Hall next season.

But whatever happens, we’ll still be here, singing our hearts out! This season has taught us that wherever we sing – whether in the concert hall, area schools, shopping malls or local churches - our community depends on us for the beauty we share. This is important work: expressing through song the power of the human voice to educate, enrich, unite and inspire!

You can help. If you haven’t yet supported the Minnesota Chorale, we welcome your donation. Click the link below to make a secure online gift. And to all who have stepped in with generous and open-hearted gifts, thank you: you make us sing!

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