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MINNEAPOLIS —VocalEssence, the acclaimed Minneapolis-based choral ensemble recognized internationally for its innovative exploration of music for voices and instruments and beautiful sound, this week announces its 45th season.
Forty-five years is no small feat for a non-profit arts organization. Each year, VocalEssence presents an engaging and eclectic series of concerts featuring the 120-voice VocalEssence Chorus, the 32-voice professional Ensemble Singers (known as the “house choir” on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion), as well as guest soloists and instrumentalists.
“One would think it would be a challenge to keep things fresh after more than four decades — but we find the contrary to be true,” says Philip Brunelle, founder of VocalEssence. “The mission of VocalEssence is to explore the human voice, and certainly that has no limit. I’m absolutely thrilled about next season — including the premieres and commissions — and we can’t wait to roll up our sleeves.”
The diverse, energetic 2013-2014 season lineup includes something for everyone:
Season tickets are now on sale. For tickets, details about the season, and other information, please visit www.vocalessence.org, or call 612-371-5656.
Called “one of the irreplaceable music ensembles of our time” by Dana Gioia, past chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, VocalEssence was founded in 1969 by Artistic Director Philip Brunelle. VocalEssence has championed the vocal experience in unconventional ways through concerts, commissions, and community engagement, and has debuted more than 150 commissions and world premieres. Beyond performances and recordings, VocalEssence impacts thousands of students, singers, and composers each year through its programs, contests, and support for innovative art. For more information, visit http://www.vocalessence.org.