Welcome Christmas with VocalEssence!
December 14, 2019 | 7:30 PM
Philip Brunelle and The Ensemble Singers of VocalEssence
Music of Scandinavia
Stephen Was a Stable Boy – Jaakko Mäntyjärvi (Born 1963)
Snow – Sigurd Lie (1871-1904), arranged by Øistein Sommerfeldt (1919-1994)
Nordic Christmas – Kim André Arnesen (Born 1980)
I. O Yule, Full of Gladness
II. A Little Child, Delightfully
III. Now Shine a Thousand Candles Bright
IV. Good Day, You Green and Glittering Tree
V. Lovely is the Dark Blue Sky
VI. A Child is Born in Bethlehem
Music of Minnesota and the USA
Fum, Fum, Fum – arranged by Conrad Susa (1935 - 2013)
O Tannenbaum – arranged by Alice Parker (Born 1925)
Festival First Nowell – arranged by Dan Forrest (Born 1978)
The Huron Carol (Iesus Anattonnia) – arranged by Susan LaBarr (Born 1981)
E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come – Paul Manz (1919-2009)
O Little Town Of Bethlehem – arranged by David Evan Thomas (Born 1958)
Navidad Mexicana – Rodrigo Cadet (Born 1983)
I Saw Three Ships & We Three Kings – arranged by Conrad Susa (1935 - 2013)
Christmas Is Coming – arranged by Mack Wilberg (Born 1955)
VocalEssence Ensemble Singers
The Oxford Times (UK) has declared that the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers “have a blend that could—and should—be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are acclaimed for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune). Lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright and brilliantly balanced,” this 32-voice professional chorus is directed by VocalEssence Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle and Associate Conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III.
Striving always to create perfection in their choral sound, the Ensemble Singers engage the audience with their vivid personality and expressive singing. They are equally at ease with works dating from the Baroque era to the modern day, approaching each musical endeavor with originality and freshness. Dominick Argento, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Aaron Jay Kernis, Libby Larsen, Stephen Paulus and Alvin Singleton are among the many composers who have written world premieres expressly for their voices. The Ensemble Singers completed an Asia Pacific Tour in 2014 that included performances in Seoul, South Korea, and in Beijing and Nanjing, China.
Having completed a tour across Minnesota in 2011, the group recorded a CD in honor of Minnesota’s choral heritage, From the Land of Sky Blue Waters. Two other recent albums on the Clarion label feature the voices of the Ensemble Singers. The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass is the world premiere recording of a work by Carol Barnett commissioned especially for the group to sing with bluegrass ensemble. The Songs We Sang — Favorite American Folksongs is a collection of charming choral arrangements with guitar, harmonica, accordion, bass and piano.
For the past two summers the Ensemble Singers have appeared in Mexico City with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Minería, singing music of Beethoven and Verdi, as well as their own solo concerts. Upcoming concerts include the WITNESS concert at Orchestra Hall in February and a concert of music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn at Bethel University.