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February, 2011

Warmer weather is just around the corner. But even when the mercury's low, the Chorale remains a hive of activity. Consider these coming attractions:

  • Brahms "Requiem," March 25 & 26
  • Men in Music preparing for March 11 performance
  • Women in Music: March 3
  • February projects for MYC, VoX
  • And before we go...


  • Brahms "Requiem," March 25 & 26

    Kicking off our new series of Keyboard Concerts is Johannes Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem, in the composer's rarely heard arrangement for two pianos and chorus. Poet Juanita Garciagodoy, a former professor at Macalester College who has written about her battle with cancer, will read from her work between movements. Chorale artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey conducts the performances, with pianists Barbara Brooks and Mary Jo Gothmann.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26, at Hamline University's Sundin Music Hall. Seating (adults $20, seniors $15, students $10) is general admission. For tickets, click here or call the Sundin box office at 651.523.2459.

    Sing Brahms with us: InChoir, March 14; details here


    Men in Music preparing for March 11 performance

    The Chorale's Men In Music program aims to encourage and facilitate the participation of high school men in choral singing. The program teams young singers from metro-area high schools with men from the Chorale. Weekly rehearsals culminate in a joint performance. This unique program is led by longtime Chorale singers Jon Lahann and David Nordli, with the assistance of Minneapolis Youth Chorus associate conductor Walter Tambor.

    This year's student participants are from Henry Sibley High School (Mendota Heights), Johnson High School (St. Paul), and St. Paul Central. The concert, at Sibley (1897 Delaware Ave.) begins at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 11. Admission is free. For more information, call the Chorale office at 612.455.2100.


    Women in Music: March 3
    Women in Music

    On the other side of the ledger, Women in Music, an extension of the Chorale's annual Emerging Conductor program, features a concert by the women of the Chorale, led by University of Minnesota doctoral candidate John Zarco (a student of Kathy Romey). With music by Eric Whitacre, Gabriel Fauré, and Srul Irving Glick, the free performance begins at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the chapel of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Ave., Minneapolis.


    February projects for MYC, VoX

    Fresh from a workshop with acclaimed choral director Dr. Eugene Rogers of Macalester College, our Minneapolis Youth Chorus (MYC) participates in the second annual Twin Cities Youth Choral Festival, Sunday, Feb. 27, in Maple Grove (details here).

    Voices of Experience (VoX), our new ensemble for senior adults, completes its winter term with two outreach performances this month.

    Interested in singing with VoX during the upcoming spring term? Contact conductor Mary Kay Geston via email by clicking here.

    Rehearsals, each Tuesday morning at MacPhail Center for Music, begin March 1, and culminate with a performance in May. VoX is offered in partnership with the MacPhail Center.


    And before we go...

    A few choice excerpts from William Randall Beard's Star Tribune review of our January 15 program of Mozart's liturgical music, with the Chorale and the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Kathy Saltzman Romey:

    "The 19-year-old Mozart wrote the 'Misericordias Domini' for the Elector of Bavaria [and] used this opportunity to create an intricate polyphonic setting. The chorale sang with utmost clarity, rendering the complex writing transparent.

    "The familiar 'Ave verum corpus' was breathtaking in its transcendent simplicity. The 'Inter natos mulierum' was sung with a crystalline sound that seemed to shine."


    Come hear for yourself the beautiful sounds of the Chorale and its ensembles during these next few weeks!



    A feast for the senses!
    Cabernet Cabaret 2011

    Yes, it's a gala fundraiser, but Cabernet Cabaret is also a family affair: a chance to mingle with the extraordinary singers and loyal supporters who make the Minnesota Chorale what it is. This year's venue--the Children's Theatre in Minneapolis--is new, but the food, wine, entertainment and auction opportunities (live and silent) are as irresistible as they've always been.

    So circle Saturday, May 14 on your calendar. Tickets to "CabCab" are $90; reservations are now being accepted. To reserve online, click here. Or call the Chorale office at 612.455.2100. See you there!

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