Saint Paul Vocal Forum Presents Chant Sacré: Sacred Song

Chant Sacré:  Sacred Song  is a Lenten concert experience which highlights the works of 20th century French composers. Motets pour le temps de Penitence  by Francis Poulenc, Quatres Motets sur les themes Gregorians  by Maurice Duruflé, Sacrum Convivium by Olivier Messaien, Elégie (#2 of Deux Cities)  by Darius Milhaud and the beautiful Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré are intertwined with the prayerful works of Jacques Berthier, who wrote the music for the monastic community at Taizé, France.

A cappella choral works mingle with harp accompaniment, and audience participation in the Taizé chants is encouraged!

In preparation for Easter, the Lenten season gives us a chance to explore this rich choral repertoire which dramatically reflects the mystery of suffering, death and new life.  Come join us for an experience of Sacred Song!

Saturday, April 5:  St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville  7:30pm
Sunday, April 6: Our Lady of Lourdes in Minneapolis  3:00pm

Come hear a preview of the music at the Basilica of Mary during 5:00pm mass on Saturday, March 29.


SPVF completes two amazing concerts!

"Finely Woven" Postcard

On November 23 and 24, SPVF performed its “Finely Woven” concerts to enthusiastic audiences. The program included music from Greg Jasperse, Abbie Betinis, David Evan Thomas, René Clausen, John Rutter, J. David Moore, Craig Hella Johnson, Elizabeth Alexander, Ruth Watson Henderson, Ysaye Barnwell, and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Michael Dennis Browne read texts from the music as well as poems by himself, E. E. Cummings, Czesław Miłosz, Wendell Berry, and Rumi. We also had the pleasure of witnessing the artistry of Nadine Sanders, through her display of beautiful weavings.


On Thursday, April 25, Saint Paul Vocal Forum performed selections from their spring concert in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio for Minnesota Public Radio. The recording was broadcast Friday, April 26, on MPR’s classical station, 99.5 FM. If you missed it, you can listen here!

Thanks to our audiences for Earth Adorned – A Choral Bouquet!

Saint Paul Vocal Forum performed two concerts on April 27 and 28, including flower-themed music by Shirley Whitecotton, Morten Lauridsen, Benjamin Britten. More details about the program can be found here.

SPVF sings “Earth Adorned: A Choral Bouquet” – April, 2013