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Premieres, Concerts and Lectures
Dec
13
Fri
VocalEssence sings “O Little Town” @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
VocalEssence sings "O Little Town" @ Plymouth Congregational Church

VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz sings DET’s arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as part of Welcome Christmas.

Dec
15
Sun
VocalEssence sings “O Little Town” @ Roseville Lutheran Church
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VocalEssence sings "O Little Town" @ Roseville Lutheran Church

VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz sings DET’s arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as part of Welcome Christmas.

Feb
20
Thu
DET co-hosts Thursday Musical @ MacPhail Center for the Arts
Feb 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday Musical Artist Series

The Legacy of Dominick Argento

Come and listen to some of Minnesota’s finest classical musicians perform music by composers from the past and present in our exciting Thursday Musical Artist Series!

This program will recognize the achievement and influence of Dominick Argento, the distinguished composer and Minneapolis resident who died one year ago on February 20, 2019.

mimi tung piano solo headshotMimi Tung (pictured) will play DET’s Soft Summer Airs, Freddy’s Giant Leap and Landscape of Shadow & Light. Performances also by Young Eun Lee, soprano and OboeBass! (Carrie Vecchione, oboe; Rolf Erdahl, bass).

In an intimate recital setting, programs are currently being held at 10:30 am in the acoustically impressive Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music. Arrive early to this concert series and enjoy free coffee and donuts in the lobby starting at 10:00 am.

View on Facebook.

Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating

Mar
1
Sun
OboeBass! plays Many Faces of Cy Decosse @ Lakeville Fine Arts Center
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
OboeBass! plays Many Faces of Cy Decosse @ Lakeville Fine Arts Center

OboeBass! presents an Americana-themed recital

Sun., March 1 @ 2 PM
Lakeville Area Arts Center
20965 Holyoke Ave, 
Lakeville, MN 55044

Oboist Carrie Vecchione and bassist Rolf Erdahl are the founders and continuing organizers of the  (LAAC) Coffee Concert series. The couple bills themselves as “the world’s only profession oboe/bass duo,” and have created an extensive repertoire of crossover classical music for their unique combination of instruments that they perform around the country in concerts and educational programs. Individually they have active teaching and performing careers.

Also on the program is The Many Faces of Cy DeCosse, a piece written by 6 composers inspired by different artworks from Cy DeCosse’s recent retrospective exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. “Cy DeCosse is a Minneapolis artist, photographer, ad-man, and absolute genius,” says Carrie. “His ad work created images that stick in people’s minds, including Mr. Bubble, the Hamms Bear, and Funny Face beverages to Downy fabric softener bouncing on towels. His painterly photographs and vivid drawings and tempera artworks are breathtaking!” The composers each chose an artwork that appealed to them and wrote music to match. The composers are Mary Ellen Childs, Randall Davidson Tim Goplerud, Steve Heitzeg, Sarah Miller, and David Evan Thomas. DET’s piece is called Arrival of the Snow Birds. All of the composers except Tim (NJ) are based in Minnesota. “Being in on the genesis and premiere of this work last summer at the MCAD exhibition opening was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us,” relates Erdahl. “It was a magical experience to work with such wonderful composers and perform it in the MCAD space in front of Cy’s brilliant and whimsical artworks.” This piece was commissioned for OboeBass! in honor of Cy DeCosse by Bill and Penny George and the George Family Foundation. Photos of the artworks accompany the Coffee Concert performance. OboeBass! rounds out the program with solo and duo works by Stephen Foster, Tim Goplerud, and Adrian Mann.

Vecchione teaches at the MacPhail Center for Music and Erdahl teaches bass at Gustavus Adolphus College. Each year they perform on one of the Lakeville Coffee Concerts, usually in collaboration with other leading Twin Cities artists. Erdahl notes “This year we collaborate with some of the wonderful composers who have written really engaging and interesting music for us, often in outside-the-box concepts. This year we’re thrilled to present a world premiere by Valerie Coleman along with works of eight other stellar composers.”

Chorus Polaris sings “Calon lân” @ Christ the King Lutheran Church
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chorus Polaris sings "Calon lân" @ Christ the King Lutheran Church

Chorus Polaris sings Calon lân

Chorus Polaris, conducted by Bill Mathis, sings DET’s arrangement of a favorite Welsh song on its St. David’s Day program, If Music be the Food of Love

March 1 @ 3  PM Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton

Apr
20
Mon
Dunbar & Bilyeu: MadMen Recital @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dunbar & Bilyeu: MadMen Recital @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall

Dunbar and Bilyeu: Mad Men

Baritone Alan Dunbar collaborates with U of M School of Music alumnus and Source Song Festival cofounder Mark Bilyeu on a program featuring songs from Purcell to Ravel and Larsen. The recita,l Mad Men, includes Heard in a Violent Ward, a song cycle based on poems and letters of English pastoral poet John Clare, by David Evan Thomas.

May
2
Sat
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Kantorei: Sing to Me

The name Kantorei means “singers.”  2020 spring concerts take their name from a poem by Edna Wheeler Wilcox, “Sing to Me,” that provided the text for David Evan Thomas’ piece that Kantorei premiered at our Audience Appreciation Concert in October on the day before the 100th anniversary of her death.  The evocative text is matched by David’s beautiful setting.  We will also perform David’s Confirmatum est cor eus.

Edwin Fissinger was born 100 years ago.  Kantorei has performed several of his pieces in the past and will observe this anniversary by presenting several of his pieces including Set Me As A Seal, The Morning Trumpet, Sweet-and-Twenty and Dakota Dawn. Join us in exploring this seldom heard composer from North Dakota.

Jonathan Posthuma, a tenor with Kantorei, is also an accomplished composer.  Hear the premiere of his Two Dickinson Songs based on poems by Emily Dickinson: In this short life and Look back on time.  We have enjoyed performing Jonathan’s pieces in the past and look forward to sharing the music of this emerging Minnesota composer.

May
3
Sun
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ The Saint Paul Seminary – Chapel of Saint Mary
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ The Saint Paul Seminary – Chapel of Saint Mary

Kantorei: Sing to Me

The name Kantorei means “singers.”  2020 spring concerts take their name from a poem by Edna Wheeler Wilcox, “Sing to Me,” that provided the text for David Evan Thomas’s piece that Kantorei premiered at an Audience Appreciation Concert in October on the day before the 100th anniversary of her death.  The evocative text is matched by David’s beautiful setting.  We will also perform David’s Confirmatum est cor eus.

Edwin Fissinger was born 100 years ago.  Kantorei has performed several of his pieces in the past and will observe this anniversary by presenting several of his pieces including Set Me As A Seal, The Morning Trumpet, Sweet-and-Twenty and Dakota Dawn. Join us in exploring this seldom heard composer from North Dakota.

Jonathan Posthuma, a tenor with Kantorei, is also an accomplished composer.  Hear the premiere of his Two Dickinson Songs based on poems by Emily Dickinson: In this short life and Look back on time.  We have enjoyed performing Jonathan’s pieces in the past and look forward to sharing the music of this emerging Minnesota composer.

May
31
Sun
Ladyslipper Presents “Give Her the River” @ St. Mary's Episcopal Church
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ladyslipper Presents "Give Her the River" @ St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Ladyslipper: Give Her the River

Ladyslipper Ensemble will be joined by guest artists from the Twin Cities to present a concert of mostly-21st-century music including a premiere by Barbara Holm, a commission from Robert Strobel and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses. David Evan Thomas’s Give Her the River, a setting of a children’s book by Michael Dennis Browne, will be performed by Sahar Hassan, Jennifer Kennard, Teresa Richardson and Mimi Tung, who will also played DET’s Night Echoes and Landscape of Shadow and Light.

Jun
27
Sat
Gregory Wiest Sings Lyrics of Lermontov @ Einstein Kultur Hall
Jun 27 all-day
Gregory Wiest Sings Lyrics of Lermontov @ Einstein Kultur Hall

Tenor Gregory Wiest sings Lermontov

Cycle of poems by the Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov, translated by Anatoly Liberman

Tenor Gregory Wiest has been a crusader for American art song, even as he continues to reside in Germany. Every year he presents a recital of American songs, He sang DET’s Blessings in 2015, and in 2020 he will present a cycle of five poems by the Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov,

In May 2018, I collaborated with soprano Maria Jette in a performance of songs by Carl Nielsen. Nielsen’s gentle lyricism and simple accompaniments charmed us both. At Maria’s urging, I had attended Anatoly Liberman’s reading of his translations of Russian lyrics on the day before Valentine’s Day three months before. Lermontov was but one of the poets heard on that occasion. Eager to write something in the Nielsen vein for Ms. Jette, I found many attractive lyrics in Mr. Liberman’s Mikhail Lermontov, Major Poetical Works (University of Minnesota Press, 1983) and chose five for a compact song cycle.

The protagonist of these Lyrics is drawn to the beloved in the first two songs, her voice, her face, her movements: “all is inimitable grace.” But like a cloud that drifts off a cliff, love floats away. Her music is remembered as the song of an angel who carries a soul “for miser destined and dole” on earth.

The cycle is dedicated to Ms. Jette.

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Dec
13
Fri
VocalEssence sings “O Little Town” @ Plymouth Congregational Church
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
VocalEssence sings "O Little Town" @ Plymouth Congregational Church

VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz sings DET’s arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as part of Welcome Christmas.

Dec
15
Sun
VocalEssence sings “O Little Town” @ Roseville Lutheran Church
Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
VocalEssence sings "O Little Town" @ Roseville Lutheran Church

VocalEssence, conducted by Philip Brunelle and G. Phillip Shoultz sings DET’s arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” as part of Welcome Christmas.

Feb
20
Thu
DET co-hosts Thursday Musical @ MacPhail Center for the Arts
Feb 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Thursday Musical Artist Series

The Legacy of Dominick Argento

Come and listen to some of Minnesota’s finest classical musicians perform music by composers from the past and present in our exciting Thursday Musical Artist Series!

This program will recognize the achievement and influence of Dominick Argento, the distinguished composer and Minneapolis resident who died one year ago on February 20, 2019.

mimi tung piano solo headshotMimi Tung (pictured) will play DET’s Soft Summer Airs, Freddy’s Giant Leap and Landscape of Shadow & Light. Performances also by Young Eun Lee, soprano and OboeBass! (Carrie Vecchione, oboe; Rolf Erdahl, bass).

In an intimate recital setting, programs are currently being held at 10:30 am in the acoustically impressive Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music. Arrive early to this concert series and enjoy free coffee and donuts in the lobby starting at 10:00 am.

View on Facebook.

Tickets $15, $10 (groups of 8+), $6 students, sold at the door, general seating

Mar
1
Sun
OboeBass! plays Many Faces of Cy Decosse @ Lakeville Fine Arts Center
Mar 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
OboeBass! plays Many Faces of Cy Decosse @ Lakeville Fine Arts Center

OboeBass! presents an Americana-themed recital

Sun., March 1 @ 2 PM
Lakeville Area Arts Center
20965 Holyoke Ave, 
Lakeville, MN 55044

Oboist Carrie Vecchione and bassist Rolf Erdahl are the founders and continuing organizers of the  (LAAC) Coffee Concert series. The couple bills themselves as “the world’s only profession oboe/bass duo,” and have created an extensive repertoire of crossover classical music for their unique combination of instruments that they perform around the country in concerts and educational programs. Individually they have active teaching and performing careers.

Also on the program is The Many Faces of Cy DeCosse, a piece written by 6 composers inspired by different artworks from Cy DeCosse’s recent retrospective exhibition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. “Cy DeCosse is a Minneapolis artist, photographer, ad-man, and absolute genius,” says Carrie. “His ad work created images that stick in people’s minds, including Mr. Bubble, the Hamms Bear, and Funny Face beverages to Downy fabric softener bouncing on towels. His painterly photographs and vivid drawings and tempera artworks are breathtaking!” The composers each chose an artwork that appealed to them and wrote music to match. The composers are Mary Ellen Childs, Randall Davidson Tim Goplerud, Steve Heitzeg, Sarah Miller, and David Evan Thomas. DET’s piece is called Arrival of the Snow Birds. All of the composers except Tim (NJ) are based in Minnesota. “Being in on the genesis and premiere of this work last summer at the MCAD exhibition opening was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for us,” relates Erdahl. “It was a magical experience to work with such wonderful composers and perform it in the MCAD space in front of Cy’s brilliant and whimsical artworks.” This piece was commissioned for OboeBass! in honor of Cy DeCosse by Bill and Penny George and the George Family Foundation. Photos of the artworks accompany the Coffee Concert performance. OboeBass! rounds out the program with solo and duo works by Stephen Foster, Tim Goplerud, and Adrian Mann.

Vecchione teaches at the MacPhail Center for Music and Erdahl teaches bass at Gustavus Adolphus College. Each year they perform on one of the Lakeville Coffee Concerts, usually in collaboration with other leading Twin Cities artists. Erdahl notes “This year we collaborate with some of the wonderful composers who have written really engaging and interesting music for us, often in outside-the-box concepts. This year we’re thrilled to present a world premiere by Valerie Coleman along with works of eight other stellar composers.”

Chorus Polaris sings “Calon lân” @ Christ the King Lutheran Church
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Chorus Polaris sings "Calon lân" @ Christ the King Lutheran Church

Chorus Polaris sings Calon lân

Chorus Polaris, conducted by Bill Mathis, sings DET’s arrangement of a favorite Welsh song on its St. David’s Day program, If Music be the Food of Love

March 1 @ 3  PM Christ the King Lutheran Church, New Brighton

Apr
20
Mon
Dunbar & Bilyeu: MadMen Recital @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Dunbar & Bilyeu: MadMen Recital @ Lloyd Ultan Recital Hall - Ferguson Hall

Dunbar and Bilyeu: Mad Men

Baritone Alan Dunbar collaborates with U of M School of Music alumnus and Source Song Festival cofounder Mark Bilyeu on a program featuring songs from Purcell to Ravel and Larsen. The recita,l Mad Men, includes Heard in a Violent Ward, a song cycle based on poems and letters of English pastoral poet John Clare, by David Evan Thomas.

May
2
Sat
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church
May 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ Gethsemane Lutheran Church

Kantorei: Sing to Me

The name Kantorei means “singers.”  2020 spring concerts take their name from a poem by Edna Wheeler Wilcox, “Sing to Me,” that provided the text for David Evan Thomas’ piece that Kantorei premiered at our Audience Appreciation Concert in October on the day before the 100th anniversary of her death.  The evocative text is matched by David’s beautiful setting.  We will also perform David’s Confirmatum est cor eus.

Edwin Fissinger was born 100 years ago.  Kantorei has performed several of his pieces in the past and will observe this anniversary by presenting several of his pieces including Set Me As A Seal, The Morning Trumpet, Sweet-and-Twenty and Dakota Dawn. Join us in exploring this seldom heard composer from North Dakota.

Jonathan Posthuma, a tenor with Kantorei, is also an accomplished composer.  Hear the premiere of his Two Dickinson Songs based on poems by Emily Dickinson: In this short life and Look back on time.  We have enjoyed performing Jonathan’s pieces in the past and look forward to sharing the music of this emerging Minnesota composer.

May
3
Sun
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ The Saint Paul Seminary – Chapel of Saint Mary
May 3 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Kantorei: Sing to Me @ The Saint Paul Seminary – Chapel of Saint Mary

Kantorei: Sing to Me

The name Kantorei means “singers.”  2020 spring concerts take their name from a poem by Edna Wheeler Wilcox, “Sing to Me,” that provided the text for David Evan Thomas’s piece that Kantorei premiered at an Audience Appreciation Concert in October on the day before the 100th anniversary of her death.  The evocative text is matched by David’s beautiful setting.  We will also perform David’s Confirmatum est cor eus.

Edwin Fissinger was born 100 years ago.  Kantorei has performed several of his pieces in the past and will observe this anniversary by presenting several of his pieces including Set Me As A Seal, The Morning Trumpet, Sweet-and-Twenty and Dakota Dawn. Join us in exploring this seldom heard composer from North Dakota.

Jonathan Posthuma, a tenor with Kantorei, is also an accomplished composer.  Hear the premiere of his Two Dickinson Songs based on poems by Emily Dickinson: In this short life and Look back on time.  We have enjoyed performing Jonathan’s pieces in the past and look forward to sharing the music of this emerging Minnesota composer.

May
31
Sun
Ladyslipper Presents “Give Her the River” @ St. Mary's Episcopal Church
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ladyslipper Presents "Give Her the River" @ St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Ladyslipper: Give Her the River

Ladyslipper Ensemble will be joined by guest artists from the Twin Cities to present a concert of mostly-21st-century music including a premiere by Barbara Holm, a commission from Robert Strobel and Ravel’s Chansons madécasses. David Evan Thomas’s Give Her the River, a setting of a children’s book by Michael Dennis Browne, will be performed by Sahar Hassan, Jennifer Kennard, Teresa Richardson and Mimi Tung, who will also played DET’s Night Echoes and Landscape of Shadow and Light.

Jun
27
Sat
Gregory Wiest Sings Lyrics of Lermontov @ Einstein Kultur Hall
Jun 27 all-day
Gregory Wiest Sings Lyrics of Lermontov @ Einstein Kultur Hall

Tenor Gregory Wiest sings Lermontov

Cycle of poems by the Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov, translated by Anatoly Liberman

Tenor Gregory Wiest has been a crusader for American art song, even as he continues to reside in Germany. Every year he presents a recital of American songs, He sang DET’s Blessings in 2015, and in 2020 he will present a cycle of five poems by the Russian poet, Mikhail Lermontov,

In May 2018, I collaborated with soprano Maria Jette in a performance of songs by Carl Nielsen. Nielsen’s gentle lyricism and simple accompaniments charmed us both. At Maria’s urging, I had attended Anatoly Liberman’s reading of his translations of Russian lyrics on the day before Valentine’s Day three months before. Lermontov was but one of the poets heard on that occasion. Eager to write something in the Nielsen vein for Ms. Jette, I found many attractive lyrics in Mr. Liberman’s Mikhail Lermontov, Major Poetical Works (University of Minnesota Press, 1983) and chose five for a compact song cycle.

The protagonist of these Lyrics is drawn to the beloved in the first two songs, her voice, her face, her movements: “all is inimitable grace.” But like a cloud that drifts off a cliff, love floats away. Her music is remembered as the song of an angel who carries a soul “for miser destined and dole” on earth.

The cycle is dedicated to Ms. Jette.