Path of Miracles
THE SINGERS — MINNESOTA CHORAL ARTISTS
Matthew Culloton, director
Friday, October 26, 2012, 8:00 PM
The Singers is a choral organization formed to impact the community with its presentation of choral music sung at the highest level of artistry. Path of Miracles is a mesmerizing 65-minute a cappella work by British composer Joby Talbot that dramatizes the medieval pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela via Roncesvalles (in the foothills of the Pyrennees), Burgos and Leon. The “Way of St. James” has been an important Christian pilgrimage for over a thousand years. Tickets $10 Students, $20-$30 Adults. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit www.singersmca.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.
ST. CATHERINE CHORAL SOCIETY
Patty Cahalan Connors, director
Sunday, November 11, 2012, 7:30 PM
Founded in 1993, St. Catherine Choral Society is an 80 voice mixed chorus which combines the voices of students, faculty and staff of the University of St. Catherine, St. Paul, MN and community members in performances of symphonic choral masterworks. This performance features Franz Joseph Haydn’s great oratorio The Creation which depicts and celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis. Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Children; available at the door.
Dynamic Keyboard Duo
Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist; Andrew Staupe, pianist
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 1:30 PM
Concert artists Andrew Staupe, pianist, and Lynn Trapp, organist, spark a program full of frivolity and virtuosity, duet and solo. This special program includes famed piano concertos by Edvard Grieg and Camille Saint-Saëns, with the 2001 Lively-Fulcher pipe organ serving as the orchestra. Visit andrewstaupe.com; lynntrapp.com. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.
What Sweeter Music
CHRISTMAS WITH THE SINGERS — MINNESOTA CHORAL ARTISTS
Matthew Culloton, director
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 7:30 pm
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 the 100th anniversary of the St. Olaf College Choir), Robert Sieving’s setting of Shakespeare’s So allow’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. Tickets $10 Students, $20-$30 Adults. For advance purchase call 651-917-1948 or visit www.singersmca.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Handel’s Messiah Sing-A-Long
Minnesota Chorale and soloists, Kathy Saltzman Romey, director
Dr. Lynn Trapp, organist
Sunday, December 2, 2012, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Now in its fourth year, this city-wide event invites all to fill Saint 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.
Songs from the Heart — French and Scandinavian Melodies
MUSIC FOR VOICE AND STRING QUARTET
Antonia Felix, soprano
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 1:30 PM
A native of Minneapolis, Antonia Felix, has sung on concert and recital stages throughout the United States and Europe. Her Swedish ancestry and musical studies in Sweden have been the inspiration for her specialization in Scandinavian art song. Featured in this program will be works by Scandinavian composers Edvard Grieg, Allan Pettersson, Ture Rangström and Jean Sibelius as well as music by Claude Debussy, Federico Mompou, Ernest Chausson and George Frideric Handel. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.
Our Parish Lenten Retreat
THE GREAT THREE DAYS IN THE CHRISTIAN’S LIFE OF FAITH
Presenter: Marty Haugen, presenter/author/musician/composer/recording artist
Saturday, March 9, 9:00 AM: Retreat with Music, concluding with 12:00 Noon Mass
Laetare Sunday, March 10: Marty Haugen Concert Prelude at 3:45 PM; Mass at 4:00 PM
Each spring as the earth in the northern hemisphere turns back toward life and light, we are invited into a holy time of prayer, reflection and worship that begins on Ash Wednesday, ends with Pentecost and culminates with the great Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. This retreat will explore the ancient roots of these feasts and their meaning and power in our lives today. At their heart they proclaim the great Paschal Mystery, for each seeker and for the life of the world. Freewill offering taken at the retreat.
Amid Reverence and Awe
Loralee Culbert, church music intern — organist, vocalist, conductor
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 1:30 PM
Loralee Culbert recently earned the Master of Music Degree from Indiana University and is serving the church music internship at St. Olaf Church. This program will include Da Pacem by John Muehleisen sung by women’s schola, the organ solo Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor BWV 542 by J. S. Bach, vocal solo Exsultate, Jubilate K. 165 by Wolfgang Mozart in addition to other works from the Romantic era. A freewill offering will be taken. Reception follows.
Singing for a Lifetime
Axel Theimer, conductor, founder and artistic director
Saturday, May 4, 2013, 7:30 PM
Kantorei was founded in 1988 by a group of friends who casually met to sing and perform a few times a year and has developed into a high-quality a cappella choral ensemble, which now includes 40 singers from across the metropolitan area and greater Minnesota. In celebration of its 25th anniversary, this program will feature celebrated choral works by Brahms, Rheinberger, Schumann and Bruckner, as well as new classics, including works by American composers Carol Barnett, Stephen Paulus and others. The voices of Kantorei alumni from years past will join the current members of Kantorei in celebrating this milestone season. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. For ticket information, visit www.kantorei.net or call 612-21-SINGS (612-217-4647). Tickets may be available at the door, if space allows. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students. Reception follows.
Send Down the Fire — A Pentecost Retreat
Due to a scheduling conflict, the May 18-19 Marty Haugen retreat and concert has been cancelled.
Oratorio Society Chorus
Matthew Mehaffey, conductor
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7:30 pm
The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is an auditioned 75-voice choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities area. Featured in this concert will be Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein and Gloria by Francis Poulenc, among other works. Tickets are $10/adult; $5/student. For advance purchase, visit www.oratorio.org or call 1-866-811-4111 (toll-free).