Concerts 2014 – 2015
Please use the Order Tickets link (found on the right) to order your individual concert tickets for the 2014-2015 season.
Free Season Preview Concert
Friday, September 26, 7:00 pm House of Hope, St. Paul, MN
(Doors open at 6:30 pm)
The Singers are proud to offer you a FREE Season Preview concert, showcasing highlights
from the upcoming concert programs. The Singers’ 2014-2015 season includes an exciting
blend of new works by composers JAKE RUNESTAD, KEVIN PUTS, and CRAIG CARNAHAN, alongside
Renaissance era masterpieces like WILLIAM BYRD’S Mass for Four Voices and madrigals from
The Triumphs of Oriana. STEPHEN PAULUS’ Splendid Jewel resound at Christmas time alongside
music of HERBERT HOWELLS, HUGO DISTLER, and MATTHEW CULLOTON. In February, The Singers
host a three-day festival honoring the musical and educational legacy of RENÉ CLAUSEN, renowned
composer and conductor of The Concordia Choir. There truly is something for everyone during
this upcoming season – so don’t miss your chance to hear this preview concert!
To Touch the Sky
Kevin Puts | To Touch the Sky
Jake Runestad | Spirited Light
Eric Whitacre | Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine
KEVIN PUTS’ (the Pulitzer-Prize winning Director of the MN Orchestra’s Composer Institute) To Touch the Sky features texts by nine female poets and philosophers including Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti, and Hildegard of Bingen. Paired with this work is JAKE RUNESTAD’S Spirited Light, an exciting new offering from one of America’s most innovative composers, and ERIC WHITACRE’S whirling and imaginative Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine.
What Sweeter Music
Saturday, December 6, 7:30pm, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Lynn Trapp Organ Prelude at 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 7, 3:00 pm, Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 pm, Lake Nokomis Lutheran Church, Minneapolis
Special Guests: Minneapolis Southwest High School Singers, Nathan Knoll, Conductor
Sunday, December 14, 2pm | Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul
Daniel Kantor, arr. Jocelyn Hagen | Night of Silence (World Premiere Arrangement)
Stephen Paulus | Splendid Jewel
Herbert Howells | A Spotless Rose
Traditional Carols arranged by Matthew Culloton
Don’t miss The Singers’ annual Christmas concert! DANIEL KANTOR’S beloved Night of Silence, newly arranged for The Singers by JOCELYN HAGEN, will be premiered alongside music of STEPHEN PAULUS and HERBERT HOWELLS. A celebratory and eclectic array of music will help you greet the holidays!
René Clausen Festival: Honoring a Choral Icon
Saturday, February 21, 7:30 pm House of Hope Presbyterian, St. Paul
The Singers are proud to honor the contributions and work of acclaimed choral composer René Clausen, one of the most accomplished and celebrated choral composers in the world. Since 1986, Dr. Clausen has been recognized for his success as conductor of the accomplished Concordia Choir in Moorhead, MN. His teaching legacy is evident throughout the state where a large number of his students have become the state’s leading choral directors and educators, including The Singers’ Artistic Director Matthew Culloton.
Please join us for these non-subscription events:
High School Choral Collaboration
Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi
Tickets are $15.
Community Sing! Friday
February 20, 7:30 pm, First Lutheran Church, Columbia Heights
Meet René Clausen while enjoying the opportunity to sing under his direction and learn the inspiration for his most celebrated works.
$15 per sheet music packet. Non-singing audience members are welcome free of charge.
Saturday, April 11, 7:30 pm, St. Olaf Catholic Church, Minneapolis
Sunday, April 12, 2:00 pm, Nativity of Our Lord, St. Paul
William Byrd | Mass for Four Voices and Vigilate
Orlando Gibbons | O Clap Your Hands
Weelkes, Bennet, Morley | excerpts from The Triumphs of Oriana
For the first time in the ensemble’s history, The Singers present a concert of music solely from the Renaissance era. As the political and religious winds changed rapidly throughout the Tudor Era, WILLIAM BYRD composed his Mass for Four Voices late in life after a conversion to the Catholic Church (while serving the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I). The Singers also will share portions of The Triumphs of Oriana, a 1601 madrigal collection assembled by THOMAS MORLEY in the Queen’s honor.
Carnahan: Ghost Camp
Friday, May 29, 7:30 pm, Sundin Hall at Hamline University, St. Paul
Saturday, May 30, 7:30 pm, Wayzata Community Church, Wayzata
Craig Carnahan | Ghost Camp (World premiere)
William Schuman | Carols of Death
Jeffrey Van | Shiloh
Stephen Chatman | Reconciliation
WALT WHITMAN’S poetry contains a vivid recount of his time as a Civil War nurse. Minneapolis composer CRAIG CARNAHAN has based his large work, Ghost Camp, on these profound texts by one of America’s revered poets. Written for male chorus, narrator, piano, cello, clarinet, and percussion, The Singers are honored to present the world premiere of this moving work with musicians from the chamber ensemble Zeitgeist and narrator JAMES RAMLET.