Calendar of Events

Premieres, Concerts and Lectures
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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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.