The Singers Announces 2012-2013 Season!
A season of world class music and collaborators is in store for fans of The Singers! Join us for a concert season that promises engaging programming and stunning performances – two trademarks of The Singers!
Tickets will be on sale in July 2012. Stay tuned for more details and watch your mail for the season ticket brochure.
2012-2013 Concert Season Subscription Series Highlights:
October 26-27: Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles”
“Path of Miracles” is a mesmerizing 65-minute a cappella work that recounts the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela via Roncesvalles (in the foothills of the Pyrennees), Burgos and Leon.
“From its opening eerie rising glissando to the final distribution of the pilgrims having reached Finisterre, west of Santiago – when the singers disappear from the audience’s view, singing and chanting into the distance until all that is left is silence – Joby Talbot’s ambitious a cappella “Path of Miracles” is little short of a musical miracle itself.” (Nick Breckenfield, www.classicalsource.com)
December 1,8,9: What Sweeter Music: Christmas with The Singers
Audiences have come to expect a unique array of works at The Singers’ “What Sweeter Music” Christmas programs, and this year is no exception! Harpist Min Kim again joins The Singers, performing Frank Ferko’s Festival of Carols, Steve Heitzig’s little tree, and Abbie Betinis’ setting of In the Bleak Midwinter. Rene Clausen’s Ave Rosa (written for the100th anniversary of the St. Olaf Choir), Robert Sieving’s setting of Shakespeare’s So hallow’d and so gracious is the time, and the world premiere of Matthew Culloton’s arrangement of Still, Still, Still are also featured on this year’s program.
February 23-24: Sticks & Tones: Music for Percussion and Choir
The Singers are thrilled to again share the stage with percussionist Dave Hagedorn as they present the Minnesota premiere of Stephen Paulus’ Poemas de Amor, a multi-movement setting of sumptuous 16th century Spanish poetry. Virgil Thomson’s Choruses from Medea of Euripides draws on the ancient Greek play, exploring themes of love, loss, and fate. South African Peter Klatzow’s Return of the Moon provides dramatic and elegiac insights into a tribe’s relationship with rain, the moon, stars, animals, and fire.
April 13-14: My Soul’s Repose: Poulenc, MacMillan, and Argento
Francis Poulenc possessed one of the most imaginative musical minds of the 20th century. The Singers mark the 50th anniversary of his passing with a performance of his remarkable Mass in G Major. Trumpeter David Baldwin teams with the choir on Dominick Argento’s To God as well as works by James MacMillan and John Muehleisen. Also featured will be a set from The Singers’ new American album, including What Wondrous Love, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, and Deep River.
June 1-2: The American Songbook: Gershwin, Berlin, Porter, and More!
The Singers’ season closes with a concert showcasing some the great American songwriters from the first half of the 20th century. Duke Ellington’s I’m Beginning to See the Light, Cole Porter’s In the Still of the Night, and George Gershwin’s Our Love is Here to Stay are only a few of the classic songs featured in this array of works that make up the Great American Songbook. You won’t be able to resist humming along!