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Free and Low-Cost Concerts You're Missing Out On

In addition to the fantastic, professional organizations that we have here in the Twin Cities (and around the country!), there are loads of interesting free and low-cost concerts you may be missing out on. The programming is different, the presentation can be more relaxed. Add variety and some new music genres to your concert season.

Colleges and universities everywhere have music departments brimming with students, majors and non-majors alike, who are studying with the best teachers in the US. …

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When (Not) to Clap at a Concert

For classical music newbies and those who've been put off of classical music by classical music snobs, the convention of clapping at a classical music concert is a bit of a mystery. However it's easier than you think! Here are a few rules of thumb for when to clap. And when not to clap.

1. When it's a welcome:  clap when the featured musicians come on stage. (If you're not sure who they are, don't clap.)

If you're at an orchestra concert, the orchestra is usually already on stage when the conce…

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Mozart's Requiem - May 19, 2013

Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Admission is Free

Free-will donation

 

Mozart Sancta Maria, mater dei, K. 273

Mozart Requiem

 

Linh Kauffman, soprano

Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano

Craig Lemming, tenor

Aaron Larson, baritone

Joyce Larson, conductor

St. John's Oratorio Chorus

St. John's Chamber Orchestra

 

St. John's Lutheran Church

4842 Nicollet Ave

Minneapolis, MN 55419

612-827-4406

 

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Make in Me a Clean Heart - Mache Dich mein Herze rein

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote several of the greatest pieces in Oratorio literature, one of them being the Matthaeus-Passion, the St. Matthew Passion. And from this, the wonderful aria "Mache dich mein Herze rein," in English "Make in me a clean heart."

You don't need to speak German to understand this one.

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Handel's Messiah - May 5, 2013

Handel's Messiah

with the St. Catherine Choral Society

 

3 p.m.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Premiere: Tribute, a cantata honoring the life of Russell B. Connors (New work by Albert Biales, text by Russ Connors)
Patricia C. Connors, conductor

Kristie Tigges, soprano

Nicole Warner, mezzo-soprano

Rick Penning, tenor

Mike Schmidt, bass

 

O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
University of St. Catherine
2004 Randolph Ave.
St. Paul, MN  55105

$10 / $5 / Free with SCU ID

 

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Christmas Oratorio - December 7 & 8, 2013


Georges de La Tour: Adoration of the shepherds...

Georges de La Tour: Adoration of the shepherds (1644) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Johann Sebastian Bach Christmas Oratorio, Parts I - III

 

Carrie Henneman-Shaw, soprano

Nicole Warner, alto

Roy Heilman, tenor

Jonathan ten Brink, bass

Paul Boehnke, Conductor

Bach Society of Minnesota

  

Saturday and Sunday, December 7th & 8th, 2013

 

More details to follow.

 

This was the first oratorio in which I ever sang solo professionally after Grad School and it was my European Debut concert…

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As It Is In Heaven - Big-time conductor takes over small town church choir

This is a fantastic movie for music-lovers, choral-singers and music enthusiasts. A famous conductor, Daniel, falls ill and decides to return to his small hometown in Sweden to recover. The pastor asks Daniel to take over the church choir, full of vibrant characters. The moment Daniel takes over the choir, their lives change.

Each of the singers goes on their own journey, from the Pastor's Wife to the enthusiastic salesman from the town's largest store, and from the town gossip to Daniel's young…

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Woman Voice - Woman Courage April 5, 2013

WomanVoice - WomanCourage

Surviving Dating Violence, Breast Cancer, and Other Forms of Courage

 

8:00 pm - ADMISSION FREE

Friday, April 5, 2013

Hoversten Chapel

Augsburg College

 

The topic this year is Woman Courage, chosen by the young ladies themselves.

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The Pug Under the Piano Bench

My wonderful, first voice teacher, Nancy Burman, loves animals. Every animal they have ever owned, whether cat, dog, or hamster, has enjoyed an entertaining atmospher e, copious amounts of love from Nancy's numerous voice students and their own family. The Burmans' animals live the good life!

A Pug dog.

When I was in high school the Burmans had a pug named Betsy. Betsy was one of the happiest little dogs I've ever seen. She'd wave her little tail and greet you at the door every week. She loved to sit unde…

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Cook Up Your Resonance: Drop the chicken!

Few people have informed my singing the way Julia Child did.

 

Really.

 

Here in the Midwest, we don't speak with much resonance. Out East, moreso. But where I come from in Wisconsin, we lock our jaws, freeze our lips, sink the sound to the back of our throats, and cut off all signs of resonance. It's a vast tundra of non-resonant speaking and lack of pronunciation.

This is not helpful when you're learning Classical singing.

It's like only having months-old frozen hamburger in your freezer when …

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