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Premieres, Concerts and Lectures
Oct
27
Sun
Kantorei premieres “Sing to Me” @ The Church of Christ the King
Oct 27 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Two smiling guysKantorei, the Minnesota-based a cappella choral ensemble conducted by Axel Theimer, opens its 2019-20 concert season with its traditional Fall Audience Appreciation concert.

The choir will premiere David Evan Thomas’s “Sing to Me,” a setting of a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox, commissioned by the choir and dedicated to Kantorei director Axel Theimer. (left: Theimer and Thomas, 2015)

Directed by Axel Theimer since its inception in 1988, Kantorei is one of the premier a cappella choral ensembles in Minnesota. The choir’s approach to singing, with an integral focus on vocal freedom, allows the singers to communicate the emotional and expressive content of music and text with natural beauty. Kantorei’s mission is to share a passion for lifelong singing, with emphasis on distinctive and diverse choral literature. This will be the sixth work by Thomas sung by Kantorei. Others include Light Upon the Water, 3 Psalms and For God so Loved the World.

Sunday, October 27, 3 PM
The Church of Christ the King
5029 Zenith Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

Nov
17
Sun
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 1 @ Sundin Hall, Hamline University
Nov 17 @ 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 1 @ Sundin Hall, Hamline University

The Artaria Quartet with soprano Maria Jette

David Evan Thomas’s To Live in This World: Three Poems of Mary Oliver, for soprano and string quartet.

Sunday, November 17 at 3 PM
Sundin Hall, Hamline University, St. Paul
Tickets: $20/15 seniors/youth & students free

Also on the program: Mozart: K. 575 and Brahms: Quartet No. 2

Commissioned in 2002 by Music in the Vineyards of Napa, California, To Live in This World sets three poems by beloved American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019). It is dedicated to the memory of MITV’s Founding Executive Director Gail Adams.

The Artaria String Quartet (Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, violins, Annalee Wolf, viola, and Patricia Ryan, cello) is embarking on its fourth decade of string quartet playing and teaching. Winners of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series. Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center. They are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony and many other orchestras. She’s often heard withVocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she was often heard nationally over 20+ years of  Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Jette has sung many works by DET, including Petals Fallen from the Moon, which she commissioned, and By Heart.

 

Nov
18
Mon
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 2 @ MacPhail Center for the Arts
Nov 18 @ 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Artaria, Jette & Mary Oliver 2 @ MacPhail Center for the Arts

The Artaria Quartet with soprano Maria Jette

David Evan Thomas’s To Live in This World: Three Poems of Mary Oliver, for soprano and string quartet. Also on the program: Mozart: K. 575 and Brahms: Quartet No. 2

Monday, November 18 at 7:30 PM
Antonello Hall, MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
$20/15 seniors/youth & students free

Commissioned in 2002 by Music in the Vineyards of Napa, California, To Live in This World sets three poems by beloved American poet Mary Oliver (1935-2019). It is dedicated to the memory of MITV’s Founding Executive Director Gail Adams.

The Artaria String Quartet (Ray Shows and Nancy Oliveros, violins, Annalee Wolf, viola, and Patricia Ryan, cello) is embarking on its fourth decade of string quartet playing and teaching. Winners of the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians, and named 2013-14 Minnesota Public Radio Artists-in-Residence, Artaria was also featured on Twin Cities Public Television as part of the “Minnesota Originals” series. Artaria’s refined and thoughtful playing has brought them to major venues throughout the United States and Europe, on national television and public radio stations, and at top summer festivals including the Banff Centre in Canada, Festival de L’Epau in France, and the Tanglewood Music Center. They are founders of the Saint Paul String Quartet Competition, which showcases the nation’s top high school age string quartets each April.

Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston Symphony and many other orchestras. She’s often heard withVocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she was often heard nationally over 20+ years of  Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Jette has sung many works by DET, including Petals Fallen from the Moon, which she commissioned, and By Heart.

 

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