April 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Path of Grace United Methodist Church
759 East County Road B Maplewood
Karin Barrett
Cor Voce honors Michael Dennis Browne @ Path of Grace United Methodist Church

Cor Voce sings Light Upon the Water

Saturday, April 29 @ 4 PM
Path of Grace United Methodist Church
759 County Road B East
Maplewood, MN 55117

Twin Cities-based chamber choir Cor Voce honors Minnesota poet Michael Dennis Browne with a concert featuring musical works based on his words. DET’s Light Upon the Water is on the program. Karin Barrett conducts.

Cor Voce is an auditioned Twin Cities community chamber choir rooted in the belief that every voice matters. Originally formed in 2003 as Saint Paul Vocal Forum, Karin Barrett has been the director since 2010. Cor Voce engages audiences with programs of eclectic music paired with other forms of art that reflect on the breadth of the human experience.

Michael Dennis Browne came to the United States in 1965 from England, where he was born, of mostly Irish ancestry, in 1940. After graduating from the University of Iowa, he taught at Iowa, Columbia, Bennington, and the University of Minnesota. He is now a professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, where he taught for thirty-nine years, served a term as director of the creative writing program, and was a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Browne’s poems have been published in many magazines and anthologies, and his awards include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the McKnight Foundation. Two of his collections have won the Minnesota Book Award for poetry. His most recent collection of poems, The Voices, was published by Carnegie Mellon in the 2016.

As a librettist, he has written many texts for music, working for many years with composer Stephen Paulus. Their post-Holocaust oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in music by the Minnesota Orchestra. Other composers he has worked with include John Foley S.J., Carolyn Jennings, Juliana Hall, and Craig Hella Johnson, with whom he recently collaborated on Considering Matthew Shepard.