As we prepare 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 – October 25 (Watch a video “appetizer“)
Saint Anthony Park Lutheran Church, 2323 Como Avenue, St. Paul
- 6:30 – Conversation with composers
- 7:30 – Concert
Robert Lowry’s hymn, How Can I Keep From Singing?, gives this concert its title and leads the program, returning again later in arrangements by Z. Randall Stroope and Gwyneth Walker. Also performed are 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. It is a lovely program celebrating the joyous gift of music itself, and a perfect way to celebrate ten years of sharing music with our audiences.
Come early to our concert on October 25, and hear composers David Ryan Moberg (music) and Glenn Berg Moberg (text) discuss Cecilian Madrigal, which will have its first public performance that night. David founded SPVF back in 2003, and his brother Glenn has sung with the choir, so we are 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!