And it is going to be great! Saint Paul Vocal Forum is preparing for its first “Friendraiser” on February 7 at Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul. There will be music, food, a silent auction, and most importantly, YOU. The music will be performed by members of SPVF, on the theme of “Love Notes.” This Friendraiser is an opportunity for us to say “thank you” to you for all you do in support of SPVF. It takes a lot of love to make SPVF go!
For more information, and to buy tickets, visit our event website by clicking on the “Love Notes” image.
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!