THE SINGERS PROUDLY ANNOUNCES 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

THE SINGERS ANNOUNCES 15th ANNIVERSARY SEASON

CONTACTS:

Eeva Savolainen, Operations Manager/651.917.1948/office@singersmca.org

Matthew Culloton, Founding Artistic Director/651.917.1948/info@singersmca.org

 

MINNEAPOLIS – MAY 2018 – Led by Artistic Director Matthew Culloton, The Singers’ 15th Anniversary Season features an unmatched array of the finest choral music – from Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpieces to works not yet written down! One of the ensemble’s trademarks is the performance of works by Minnesota composers – a tradition that continues throughout the season, most prominently in the annual What Sweeter Music programs in December and the May 2019 premiere event of Timothy Takach’s Helios, a concert-length exploration of space, myth, and a dynamic libretto that spans from one end of our galaxy to the sun itself.

Following last December’s four sold-out performances, The Singers are honored to again collaborate with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra on Handel’s Messiah led this year by Jeannette Sorrelle. In addition, the two ensembles team on J.S. Bach’s Saint John Passion led by SPCO Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen in November.

Hailed as “one of the best choral ensembles in America, if not the entire world,” The Singers recently performed at the National Conference of the American Choral Directors Association. They have appeared four times at the internationally renowned Ravinia Festival in Chicago, most recently performing Rachmaninoff’s Vespers as part of a Robert Shaw tribute program. The ensemble regularly hosts educational and community outreach projects throughout Minnesota, engaging singers and audience members of all ages.

SHADOWS, TEARS, & LIGHT – October 6 & 7, 2018: The Singers begin the season with two striking works – David Lang’s little match girl passion, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Music. This stark setting of Hans Christian Andersen’s lonely tale combines with texts from Picander’s libretto for Bach’s Saint Matthew Passion to highlight the suffering and lonliness of the young child. Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, performed with chamber orchestra, is a soaring reflection on the light in times of darkness.

BACH: SAINT JOHN PASSION – November 2-4, 2018: Led by SPCO Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen, The Singers and the SPCO (as well as soloists from around the globe) present one of Bach’s choral masterworks at the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Ordway. Tickets will only be available through the SPCO.

WHAT SWEETER MUSIC – December 1, 2, & 9: Harpist Min Kim joins The Singers for this annual feast of carols (many in new and exciting settings) and music for the holiday season. Stephen Paulus’ Three Nativity Carols anchors the concert that also features two special Anniversary Carols arranged for this program by conductor Matthew Culloton.

HANDEL: MESSIAH (with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra) – December 20-23, 2018: The Singers and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra perform Handel’s most famous work (if not history’s most popular piece), this year under the direction of Apollo’s Fire conductor Jeannette Sorrelle. Tickets will only be available through the SPCO.

MY SOUL’S REPOSE – March 9 & 10, 2019: This season, experience heart-rending music of loss, grief, and the strength to live on. Dale Trumbore’s How to Go On uses poetry of Barbara Crooker, Amy Fleury, and Laura Foley to create a poignant, secular Requiem. Eric Whitacre’s When David Heard, a work that leaves listeners breathless, was composed for a friend following the sudden and tragic loss of a son. This program is a testament to the healing powers of music and the human voice.

TAKACH: HELIOS – May 18 & 19, 2019: Years in the making, Timothy Takach’s Helios is a concert-length work that explores the mythology surrounding our galaxy. Hear the horse-led chariots in Neptune, and the siren call of the sopranos and altos as they sing of Jupiter. Takach is one of choral music’s leading composers, and his gifts for melody and drama are evident throughout this world premiere event!

Season Tickets go on sale May 21, and Single Tickets will be available on July 9. CLICK HERE TO BE DIRECTED TO SEASON TICKET SALES.

For tickets or more information, visit www.singersmca.org or call 651.917.1948.

 Information on the annual gala, educational partnerships, and the Community Sing will also be available at The Singers’ website.

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