Music Series

worship-and-sacred

MISSA BRITANNIA
From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble

Brennan Michaels, director
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 7:30 PM
From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble, choir-in-residence at St. Olaf Church, performs its first concert on the St. Olaf Worship and Sacred Music series. Missa Britannia will feature music by leading English composers such as Tallis, Byrd, Stanford, and Rutter including music for choir and organ. Suggested donation taken at the door. A reception follows the concert.

MINNESOTA BACH ENSEMBLE

Andrew Altenbach, conductor
Linh Kaufmann, soprano soloist; Andrew Wilkowske, baritone soloist
Sunday, October 26, 2014, 7:00 PM
The Minnesota Bach Ensemble creates emotionally charged experiences for its audience, sourcing Johann Sebastian Bach for the core of its repertoire. Comprising musicians from Minnesota’s most prestigious orchestras, this ensemble is born of a shared passion for excellence in the performance of orchestral and vocal music that is visceral, energetic, informed, and fearless. This program will include J. S. Bach’s Cantata 32 Liebster Jesu, mein Verlangen and duet from Cantata 63 Du Hast es wohl gefueget. Also on the program are L’estro Armonico op.3 No.5 in A Major by Antonio Vivaldi, G. F. Handel’s Salve Regina and Georg Telemann’s Canary Cantata. Tickets are $25/adults, $10/students. For advance purchase, visit www.mnbach.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

ALL SAINTS DAY RECITAL

Stanford Felix, bass-baritone
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1:30 PM
Bass-baritone and composer Stanford Felix presents a recital of favorite oratorio arias and two original song cycles. Dr. Felix is the Artistic Director of Minnesota Concert Opera and performs throughout the country on the opera, concert, and musical theater stage. His compositions include many choral and art song works and he has served as a section singer with the St. Olaf Catholic Church music ministry. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

WHAT SWEETER MUSIC
The Singers — Minnesota Choral Artists

Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, December 6, 2014, 7:30 PM
Organ prelude, Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist, 7:00 PM
Hugo Distler’s haunting variations on Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen (Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming) set the mood for The Singers’ program in which the Christmas Rose is the focal point. René Clausen’s Magnificat and Herbert Howell’s A Spotless Rose are paired with Marian carols, showcasing poignant and celebratory works of the holiday season. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit www.singersmca.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

HANDEL’S MESSIAH SING

Minnesota Chorale and soloists, Kathy Saltzman Romey, director
Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist
Sunday, December 14, 2014, 6:30 PM
Now in its sixth year, this city-wide event invites all to fill St. Olaf Church with the sounds of George Frideric Handel’s most famous creation, the much loved oratorio, Messiah. This masterwork is a presentation of Jesus’ life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. Bring your own score or borrow one here. Come to sing-a-long with members of the Minnesota Chorale or just come to listen and enjoy. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

A LENTEN RETREAT
Turn Around and Believe in the Gospel

Rory Cooney, presenter, musician, composer, liturgist, author
Saturday, February 21, 2015, 9:00-11:30 AM, concluding with 12 noon Mass ­­­
Rory Cooney, leader of the retreat, is a nationally-known liturgist, composer, musician, author and presenter. The retreat and Mass will include his music. His work is found in most Catholic hymnals and missalettes. A freewill offering will be taken at the retreat.

LIFT THINE EYES
From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble

Brennan Michaels, director
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 7:30 PM
From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble, choir-in-residence at St. Olaf Church, performs its second concert on the St. Olaf Worship & Sacred Music Series. This program features Renaissance to Contemporary choral pieces by composers Byrd, Palestrina, Whitacre, and Barnum including music for choir and organ. Suggested donation taken at the door. A reception follows the concert.

UNDERGROUND RENAISSANCE
The Singers — Minnesota Choral Artists

Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 7:30 PM
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 reign, William Byrd composed his Mass for Five Voices while secretly being a Catholic and serving the Anglican Church simultaneously. Works by Thomas Tallis, Thomas Tomkins, and Orlando Gibbons also show the broad sweep of musical styles present in this exciting time in English history. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit www.singersmca.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

ORGAN RECITAL

Philip Brisson, organist
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00 PM
Philip Brisson, DMA, is Director of Music and Organist at the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, Kentucky, where he plays the 1983 Steiner-Reck tracker organ at the third oldest Catholic Cathedral in continuous use in the country. He will perform works of Bach, Locklair, Widor, Pardini, and the Grande Pièce Symphonique by Cesar Franck. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.

CONCERT FOR THE COMMON GOOD

St. Olaf-in-the-City Orchestra, Chorus and soloists
Dr. Lynn Trapp, conductor and organist/pianist
From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble, Brennan Michaels, director
Saturday, May 9, 2015, 1:00 PM
This concert benefits Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Exodus Residence at St. Olaf Church. The St. Olaf Parish Choir joins From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble, with solo and orchestral forces of St. Olaf to perform Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo by Franz Joseph Haydn. St. Olaf cantors Cailin Gudio and Timothy James will perform solo and duet vocal works. From Age to Age Choral Music Ensemble performs as choir-in-residence. Dr. Lynn Trapp will be at the Lively-Fulcher organ for Concerto for Organ and Strings by John Cook. Tickets: $20, available at St. Olaf’s Store at St. Olaf Church, phone: 612-767-6217.