Spring Concert Coming Soon
Be sure to save the last weekend in May for our spring concerts. Preparation is well underway for Nights of the Soul: A Choral Journey featuring stunningly beautiful music by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, among others, and special performances by our friends, the Lake String Quartet. You can find more information here, but here are the essentials:
Saturday, May 30 – Church of Saint Peter in North Saint Paul – 7:30 PM
Sunday, May 31 – Saint Michael’s Church in Roseville – 4 PM
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!