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May 2014                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

There's lots of choral music coming up this month and next: read on for details!

   Celebrating the new Northrop Auditorium

The Minnesota Chorale helps the University of Minnesota celebrate the gala re-opening of Northrop Auditorium with a performance of Mahler's beloved "Resurrection" Symphony, featuring mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala and soprano Linh Kauffman. One of Mahler's most oft-performed works, this epic five-movement symphony explores themes of death and redemption.

Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Members of the Minnesota Chorale with
U of M Choirs and Symphony Orchestra
Mark Russell Smith, conductor

Saturday, May 3 at 8 pm
Northrop Auditorium
U of M West Bank Campus, Minneapolis

Free, but tickets required; click here for info

   Whitacre Wows!

Eric Whitacre and Barb BrooksMinnesota Chorale singers enjoyed working with Eric Whitacre, Eric's wife, the talented soprano Hila Plitmann, and the Minnesota Orchestra to present two concerts last month at Orchestra Hall - our first time onstage since the end of the lockout. Everyone who knows choral music knows that Eric Whitacre is the genre's greatest superstar - in an April 10 Pioneer Press review Ron Hubbard called him "the biggest thing to hit choral music in years" - but who knew he was so genuine, generous, informal, and funny? Not to mention tireless in spending time with singers, fans, and friends. (We have the selfies to prove it, including this one of Eric with Chorale accompanist and artistic advisor Barbara Brooks.) We're thrilled to work with Eric again next year, during his return engagement with the Minnesota Orchestra in May 2015.

   News from our youth choirs

Our Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Prelude presented their annual spring concert last Saturday night at Roseville Lutheran Church, before MYC takes its show on the road to Washington D.C. in June. Led by Patrice Arasim (MYC) and Elizabeth Egger (Prelude), the students showed the extraordinary progress they have made during the school year, with a display of musicianship and versatility across many genres and languages. Bravo, kids!

   Looking ahead

We're not done yet! Our final concerts of the 2013-14 season will be epic: the dynamic French conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier - who led the women of the Chorale in Holst's "The Planets" suite in February - returns to conduct the Chorale and the Minnesota Orchestra in performances of Orff's iconic Carmina Burana, Stravinsky's profoundly moving and spiritual Symphony of Psalms, and Minnesota composer Steve Heitzeg's "Now We Start the Great Round." If you haven't yet attended a concert in the remodeled Orchestra Hall, this is your perfect opportunity do so!

Orff: Carmina Burana
Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms
Heitzeg: Now We Start the Great Round
Minnesota Chorale and Minnesota Orchestra
Yan Pascal Tortelier, conductor

Thurs. - Sun., June 26 - 29
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis

Click here for tickets

Thank you!

It was a long, cruel winter, but spring is here and summer is coming. The Minnesota Chorale is busy preparing our final concerts of the 2013-2014 season - see items at left for details - and we're engaged in planning the next action-packed year of music-making.

Next year's schedule is shaping up to be both busy and meaningful, including the return of our wildly-popular season opening Choral Showcase; chances to sing and learn through InChoir and our annual Messiah Sing-Along; educational initiatives like our 2015 Bridges program, YouthWorks! with GTCYS and MYS; Men In Music, and more, including many performances with our beloved Minnesota Orchestra. MYC, Prelude and VoX continue to grow and make an impact through their engaging concerts. We couldn't be prouder!

And we owe you our thanks for enabling us to do our work. Thanks for caring about the importance of choral music here in Minnesota, the epicenter of the choral universe. Thanks for your donations, your words of encouragement, and your advocacy.

We can't continue without your ongoing help. Our fiscal year ends on June 30. If you haven't yet made a gift to the Minnesota Chorale, won't you consider donating today? The funds you provide will help ensure that our voices will ring out strong and our mission will be fulfilled: to educate, enrich, unite and inspire through the power of the human voice. Thank you: you make us sing!

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