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C-Notes The on-line newsletter of the Minnesota Chorale
August/September 2010

In this issue:
  • Launching our 39th season
  • Voices of Experience
  • MYC triumphs in Chicago
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  • Launching our 39th season

    Two great Mozart operas and the pick of his liturgical music. Beloved sacred works of Handel and Brahms. Holiday standards and new collaborations. And to ice the cake, Carl Orff's salty, sensuous Carmina Burana. Those are just some of the highlights of the Minnesota Chorale's bountiful 2010-11 season.


    Voices of Experience
    Dr. Mary Kay Geston

    In partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music, the Minnesota Chorale has launched Voices of Experience, a chorus of Twin Cities seniors, ages 55 and older. A Chorale-MacPhail steering committee has chosen Dr. Mary Kay Geston (right), associate professor of music at Northwestern College in St. Paul, as the ensemble's conductor.

    Admission to the chorus is via auditions, which will be held at MacPhail (501 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 31, Sept. 2, and Sept. 7. To schedule an audition, please call 612.321.0100. Rehearsals, also at MacPhail, will be held on Tuesdays at 10 a.m., beginning Sept. 14. Tuition for the 10-week semester is $150; scholarships are available.


    MYC triumphs in Chicago

    On its first out-of-state tour, the Chorale's Minneapolis Youth Chorus made many friends and fans at Chicago's Windy City Youth Choral Festival, June 24-27. "The kids sang with lots of expression, beautiful tone, and great enthusiasm," reported founding conductor Patrice Arasim. Repertory included "Sing Creation," by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus, and songs by guest conductor Francisco Nez of the Young People's Chorus of New York City. After the culminating concert, one MYC singer told Ms. Arasim he'd had "the best day of his life."

    The trip to Chicago included a luncheon cruise on Lake Michigan, dinner at the famous Palmer House Hilton, and visits to the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower, the Museum of Science and Industry, and the Field Museum. A yearlong fundraising effort by MYC parents made the trip possible.


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    Opening with Drama
    The Minnesota Chorale

    The Chorale may call itself a symphonic chorus, but there's opera in our blood.

    In January, we took on Stravinsky's challenging The Rake's Progress with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

    In July, on the last night of the Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest, we became a very different-sounding chorus for Puccini's wonderfully tawdry Tosca.

    And in September, we'll morph yet again, this time taking the role of the chorus in Mozart's comic, demonic Don Giovanni.

    Roberto Abbado conducts the SPCO, with a mostly Italian cast. Two performances, Sept. 10 and 12, at the Ordway. Call 651.291.1144 or click here for tickets.

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