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November 2013                     The Online Newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale

Our season is off to an extraordinary start! October saw an unprecedented collaboration with area choral ensembles to present our first-ever Choral Showcase, hosted by Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. And our Bach to the Future concert featured our entire family of choirs, including the Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Voices of Experience, with the Minnesota Bach Ensemble in a free performance at Roseville Lutheran Church.

Read on for details about what's in store during the month of November.

   Help our MYC singers get to D.C.!

MYC kids For the first time, our Minneapolis Youth Chorus will be traveling to the East Coast to perform in Washington, D.C. While chorus families are able to pay for about half the cost of sending the entire ensemble, the balance is being raised in a variety of ways. You can help send the kids to DC by making a donation through Kickstarter! Just click this link to learn more about the tour, and help make a dream come true for our young singers.

   Prelude Choir: Thanksgiving Concert Nov. 21

Prelude Do you know Prelude? You should! Prelude students are the youngest members of our choir family. Now in its second year, Prelude was created to give younger Minneapolis Public School students a chance to learn and grow through choral music, in preparation for membership in our nationally-recognized Minneapolis Youth Chorus. Join us for Prelude's first concert of the school year: "Over the River and Through the Woods." The concert is free, but please bring a non-perishable food item with you. Items collected will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland food shelf.

Prelude Concert: Over the River and Through the Woods
Elizabeth Egger, conductor
Thursday, November 21, 7 pm
Jefferson Community School Auditorium
1200 W. 26th St.
Minneapolis 55405

   Mahler Symphony No. 2 and Fantasy Camp

Gustav Mahler The Minnesota Chorale has welcomed 11 talented community members to this year's Choral Fantasy Camp. We're hard at work preparing the concluding choral movement of Mahler's Symphony No. 2 for our performance with the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra on November 24 (details below.) Opening with a dramatic large-scale funeral march, the Resurrection Symphony explores the great existential questions of life, death and the hereafter, culminating in a triumphant choral setting of Friedrich Klopstock's Resurrection Ode. Be sure to join us for a transcendent choral symphonic experience!

Mahler: Symphony No. 2
Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra & Minnesota Chorale
William Schrickel, conductor
Sunday, November 24 at 4 pm
Central Lutheran Church
333 S. 12th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55404

No tickets/no reservations; free-will offering

   Save the dates

We're already rehearsing for joyful holiday concerts that we look forward to sharing with you. All events are presented without tickets or reservations. Details coming soon, but for now, put these dates on your calendar:

Friday, December 6 at 7:30 pm
Handel's Messiah
Minnesota Chorale and members of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra
Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
Roseville Lutheran Church
1215 Roselawn Ave. W.
Roseville, MN 55113

Sunday, December 15 at 6:30 pm
Messiah Sing-along
With Lynn Trapp, organist
Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductor
St. Olaf Catholic Church
215 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Friday, December 20 at 7:30 pm
Holiday Greetings: A Minnesota Chorale Christmas Card
Minnesota Chorale, Minneapolis Youth Chorus, and Hennepin Chime
Patrice Arasim, William Mathis, and Kathy Saltzman Romey, conductors
Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
511 Groveland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Creativity takes courage.
-Henri Matisse

Indeed it does. We see this courage playing out every day as we work to repair the damage the continuing orchestra lockout has caused. Our staff continues at 50% pay and hours - but, courageously, they continue their important work. Our singers valiantly pursue their diligent preparation and uplifting music-making, even as we face a challenging future. Our artistic director, Kathy Saltzman Romey, continually inspires us all with her leadership, attention to detail, and creativity.

But creativity doesn't just require courage; it requires support. And we need yours if we are to continue our mission of expressing through song the power of the human voice to educate, enrich, unite and inspire. Every gift is meaningful. Please click here to support our work. And to all who have already stepped in with generous and open-hearted donations, thank you: you make us sing!

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