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November, 2012                               The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

It's a busy 10 days for singers in the Chorale organization, with all ensembles performing around the metro area and in Mankato.

Bridges concert this Sunday
MYC sings at Southdale
Voices of Experience at MacPhail Center for Music
Singing in Mankato
History Corner

Bridges 2012: A Gift of Song

Join the Minnesota Chorale and conductor Kathy Saltzman Romey in an afternoon of music to comfort and uplift the soul. Presented as part of the 2012-13 Bethlehem Music Series, the concert concludes the Chorale's 2012 Bridges partnership with Allina Health, which uses music to enrich the lives of elders with memory loss or impairment.

The program will feature Ralph Vaughan Williams' moving "Five Mystical Songs," along with inspiring works by Minnesota composers Jocelyn Hagen, Steve Heitzeg, Stephen Paulus, and Dale Warland. We're excited to present the U.S. premiere of two selections from Stephen Chatman's "Songs of Remembrance," and the final movement of "Alzheimer's Stories," written by composer Robert Cohen and librettist Herschel Garfein on the personal narratives of families affected by Alzheimer's.

A Gift of Song is sure to be a moving and powerful experience for all.

Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm
(pre-concert talk with Kathy Romey at 3:30 pm)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4100 Lyndale Ave. S.

Free-will offering accepted.

Bridges concert info and details here

Youth Chorus Sings!

MYC singersThis year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). To mark the anniversary, ACDA is presenting choral events around the North Star State during the month of November. Our own Minneapolis Youth Chorus (MYC) takes part in ACDA's "Minnesota Sings!" a choral showcase. Join the children of MYC, director Patrice Arasim and associate director Walter Tambor for a fun and lively set at Southdale Mall in Edina this Saturday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m.

More about MYC here

VoX Fall Concert on Nov. 15

The always-exuberant Voices of Experience (VoX), led by acclaimed conductor, arranger, and composer Jerry Rubino, will perform its fall concert at the acoustically brilliant Antonello Hall. Now in its third season, VoX was created by the Minnesota Chorale in collaboration with MacPhail Center for Music to give mature singers, 55 and older, the opportunity "to achieve vocal excellence, to share their art with others, and to enrich the community through song." VoX's concerts are fun for audiences and singers alike! Warm up those vocal chords before you come--audience sing-along has become a fixture of VoX performances.

Thursday, November 15 at noon
Antonello Hall
MacPhail Center for Music
501 S. 2nd St.

More about VoX

Chorale singers perform with Mankato Symphony

MYC singersSingers from the Minnesota Chorale join the Mankato Symphony Orchestra and MSU Mankato Concert Choir in a multimedia presentation of "To Be Certain of the Dawn," the oratorio by composer Stephen Paulus, which the Chorale recorded with the Minnesota Orchestra in 2008. Designed to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the U.S. - Dakota War of 1862, the concert presents an opportunity for communal healing, bringing together singers, instrumentalists, and concertgoers in a spirit of hope and understanding.

Sunday, November 18 at 3 pm
Mankato West H.S. Auditorium
1351 S Riverfront Drive
Mankato, MN

For tickets, call the MSO at 507-387-1008

More info here

History Corner: George Berglund remembers...

Chorale singer George Berglund writes: "In 1972 I was Director of Choral Activities at Hutchinson High School in Hutchinson, Minnesota. That led to my becoming the founder and music director of a five-member professional vocal ensemble, The Hutchinson Family Singers, comprised of members of The Dale Warland Singers. The ensemble was a living history, "you are there" reenactment of the original Hutchinson family, which was a celebrated troupe from New Hampshire in the latter half of the 19th century. We performed primarily in restored Victorian villages in New England and lasted for 10 years, making two recordings before disbanding. At the time, I kept hearing about the Minnesota Chorale ... After auditioning and becoming involved with the Chorale, it has been a distinct honor to make marvelous music with the Minnesota Orchestra and some of the finest conductors in the world!"

Where were you in '72? We'd love to know! Click here to send us a message and tell us your memories of the Minnesota Chorale.

Upcoming performance
  Sunday, November 11, 4 pm
  Bridges 2012: A Gift of Song
  Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
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