Saint Paul Vocal Forum will be performing once again with the Lake String Quartet and with Michael Dennis Browne for two concerts this spring. The title for these concerts is “Sing Love. Be Love.” and the program features beautiful music including works from Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen, Z. Randall Stroope, Gwyneth Walker, Dan Forrest, Elizabeth Alexander, and René Clausen, among others. Read what director Karin Barrett has to say about the program in her blog.
Saint Paul Vocal Forum thanks those who attended the Nordlys concerts! We had wonderful audiences for both performances. For a taste of the experience, see this video of our performance of Ola Gjeilo’s “Evening Prayer” at Mindekirken. It features Peter Vircks on saxophone. Thanks, Cindy, for sharing the video! You can also view Ann’s invitation to the concerts (in Norwegian) here.
Thank you to our “Nights of the Soul” audiences!
Saint Paul Vocal Forum was thrilled by the presence and participation of our audiences for our performances on the last weekend in May. SPVF would also like to share our gratitude to the Lake String Quartet for its beautiful contributions, adding great depth to the music of this concert and to Steve Norquist for his deft concert performances and steadfast assistance in rehearsals. Finally, SPVF would be adrift without the vision and leadership of Karin Barrett, our artistic director. Karin does a wonderful job of making certain that our concerts are events. Her attention to developing thematic elements, incorporating poetry, and involving audience members are essential to “the SPVF experience.” There is more to come, so stay tuned!
Thank You Notes
Our first “Friendraiser” was a great success! Thank you to the many people who helped make it possible, including donors for the silent auction, Unity Church-Unitarian for the venue, Karin and the singers for their preparation and performance, and the many friends—new and old—who came and made it all worthwhile.
Giving Thanks for our Amazing Audiences!
Thanks to all who came to our 10th Anniversary Concert! It was a joy to sing such beautiful music for such a wonderful audience.
As we prepared for our concert How Can I Keep from Singing? we asked our singers, “What keeps you singing?” This is what we learned from Jeff, Rochelle, Scott, and Ann. You can play through them all, or select from the “playlist” menu. Thanks to Douglas Thompson for producing the video. Enjoy!
10th Anniversary Concert
Robert Lowry’s hymn, How Can I Keep From Singing?, gave this concert its title and led the program, returning again later in arrangements by Z. Randall Stroope and Gwyneth Walker. Also performed were Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music and Elliott Carter’s Musicians Wrestle Everywhere, along with music from Dominick Argento, Stephen Chatman, David Dickau, Victor Mio, and Brian Holmes. The program celebrated the joyous gift of music itself — a perfect way to celebrate ten years of sharing music with our audiences.
Prior to our concert, composers David Ryan Moberg (music) and Glenn Berg Moberg (text) discussed their Cecilian Madrigal, which had its first public performance that night. David founded SPVF back in 2003, and his brother Glenn has sung with the choir, so we were pleased to have them with us again as we celebrate ten years of concerts.
SPVF performs Mio’s Ode to St. Cecilia at St. Mary’s Basilica
Saint Paul Vocal Forum Presented Chant Sacré: Sacred Song on April 5 and 6
SPVF had the pleasure of sharing a profound Lenten music experience with audiences at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Roseville and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Minneapolis. Chant Sacré: Sacred Song highlighted the works of 20th century French composers, including Francis Poulenc, Maurice Duruflé, Olivier Messaien, Darius Milhaud and Gabriel Fauré. Interwoven among these masterworks were the prayerful chants of Jacques Berthier, who wrote the music for the monastic community at Taizé, France.
Special thanks to Rachel Brandwein for her lovely performances on harp for this concert!
Saint Paul Vocal Forum also provided music for the Missa Choralis at St. Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis on March 29, 2014 (pictured above).
SPVF completes two amazing concerts!
On November 23 and 24, 2013, 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.
SPVF on MPR!
On Thursday, April 25, 2013, 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!