Eric Whitacre is the most popular choral composer today, and his works are beloved by choirs throughout the world. In this one-hour programs, he introduces the music with co-host Brian Newhouse and describes the often-colorful backstory of how each piece came to be.
This week, the vocal ensemble Voces8 released a new video of the group performing 'Lay a Garland' by Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795 - 1856). The piece has become a mainstay in the group's repertoire, a somber remembrance of the date of its first concert.
To help celebrate the grand opening of the new Minnesota State Capitol building, Classical MPR is teaming up with VocalEssence for a very special Bring the Sing on the Capitol Green on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. Come join other choral enthusiasts as we sing favorites from the Great American Songbook, led by conductor G. Phillip Shoultz, III.
In April, Bring the Sing brought its community-choir magic to the birthplace of Classical MPR, Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minn., capping a two-day celebration there of MPR's 50th anniversary. G. Phillip Shoultz, III led choirs from the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, as well as nearly 400 singers drawn from central Minnesota and from around the state. Listen to audio highlights and view a slideshow of photos from the event.