JOURNEY HOME – October 19 & 20, 2019: The Singers launch their 16th season with reflections on themes of home, including the Minnesota premiere of Philadelphia-based composer Melissa Dunphy’s American DREAMers. Dunphy has set the stories of five young Americans who were brought to the country as children, weaving a work that honors their stories and inspires hope and empathy. Abbie Betinis teamed with a St. Paul high school student to create the text for Journey Home, and the work reminds us that we all long for a place to call our own – our home. Lastly, The Singers give the world premiere of a work by newly appointed Composer-in-Residence, Timothy Takach.
WHAT SWEETER MUSIC – December 7, 8, & 15, 2019: The combination of cherished carols, beloved Christmas works, and musical surprises has made The Singers’ Christmas program an annual favorite for Twin Cities audiences. This year, be moved by transcendent Russian works, world premiere carol arrangements by Matthew Culloton, and a musical tribute to René Clausen, who is retiring from Concordia College where he has inspired generations of choral singers and enthusiasts.
MY SOUL’S REPOSE – March 21 & 22, 2020: Husband and wife Timothy Takach and Jocelyn Hagen co-composed This is How You Love, a poignant, a cappella oratorio about the depths of relationships – companionship, conflict, and love. Texts are drawn from contemporary poetry and mixed with anonymous passages from couples’ therapy sessions. It is a stunning piece, and an incredible compositional accomplishment! The Singers will also present music based on the biblical poetry from the Song of Songs, including settings by Giovanni Palestrina, Karen Thomas, Jan Sandström, and Stephen Paulus.
WALDEN POND – May 16 & 17, 2020: Considered by many to be Dominick Argento’s choral masterpiece, Walden Pond employs three cellos and harp to evocatively team with the choir and bring new life to Thoreau’s revered text. Works by John Muehleisen and Jake Runestad also celebrate the human connection to nature through the words of Carl Sandburg, John Muir, and Wendell Berry.
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.
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