10th Anniversary Concert – October 25
Saint Paul Vocal Forum is currently rehearsing for its 10th Anniversary Concert – How Can I Keep From Singing? The performance will be October 25, 7:30 PM, at St. Anthony Park Lutheran Church, in St. Paul, which was home for SPVF for many years. Compositions by Z. Randall Stroope, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Dominick Argento, Stephen Chatman, and Gwyneth Walker, among others, are on the program. SPVF is especially pleased to announce a special commission from composer and SPVF founding director, David Ryan Moberg, with text by Glenn Berg-Moberg. This new piece, Cecilian Madrigal, will be debuted at the October 25 concert. You will not want to miss it!
SPVF to sing at St. Mary’s Basilica
Saint Paul Vocal Forum has been invited back to the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis for the Missa Choralis service on October 11, 5 PM. Our last performance there was in March, and we look forward to returning to that glorious space and sharing the experience of this beautiful tradition with the people of St. Mary’s.
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!