Your safety is important to us! Two weeks before each live concert, we will update our COVID safety measures based on recommendations from the Minnesota Department of Health and the protocols of the venues where we perform.
Join us in reveling in Spring and the beauty of God's creation, even as we dwell in the weariness and challenges of the past year. You’ll hear God Is Seen by Alice Parker, finding His presence both in lily and thorn, an ethereal Peace on Earth by Errollyn Wallen revealing a troubled world in bleak winter longing for light and peace, and My Heart Be Brave by Marques Garrett setting courageous poetry by James Weldon Johnson. Excerpts from Five Mystical Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams feature Baritone soloist Philip Zawisza, illuminating the poetry of George Herbert, as Javier Busto, a self-taught Spanish composer, offers an inventive and beautiful Ave Maris Stella. We honor two choral legends through the lush Nunc Dimittis in memory of Robert Scholz, and mark René Clausen’s retirement through his iconic Set Me as a Seal and vibrant All That Hath Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord that compels us to shout to the Lord, Alleluia! We round out our spring serenade with Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ the Apple Tree and The Ground by Ola Gjielo declaring that “Heaven and earth are full of your glory.” Join us!
Meditations of My Heart seeks comfort and reassurance in God’s strength in the title piece by Elaine Hagenberg, music by Berger and Mealor,
Salutation by Esenvalds, and the rarely heard
O Holy Lord written in 1916 by Canadian-born Black composer, R. Nathaniel Dett. You’ll hear powerful music by Rosephanye Powell, local composer Sergei Khvoshchinksy, and Durufle’s
Pie Jesu with soaring soprano solo in remembrance of those lost in 2020 to our pandemic and social unrest.
You are invited to join us as we prepare our hearts for the wonder and joy of Christmas! We offer songs from Christmases past: The Hills are Bare at Bethlehem by Ralph Johnson, delightful variations on Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming by Distler, the buoyant In dulce jubilo by Jetse Bremer along with works from Carolyn Jennings, Paul J. Christiansen and Christopher Aspaas. Sing along with beloved carols and enjoy Carol of the Bells by our very own Tim Strand on organ.