St. Olaf choral legend Sigrid Johnson will be honored with a performance by the St. Olaf Choir and VocalEssence of Jocelyn Hagen’s ‘Song in My Heart,’ premiering Oct. 29 at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
The scholastic marching arts were on full display Saturday, Oct. 14, as 34 of the top high school marching bands from Minnesota and beyond competed at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis as part of the Youth in Music Championships. Relive the excitement and pageantry of the event through our huge photo gallery!
Watch as the Minnesota-based ensemble 29:11 International Exchange, many of whose singers and instrumentalists hail from South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, tap into their African roots to, as co-founder Brendon Adams says, “spread love and reconciliation through our music.” Enjoy the results of their recent recording session with YourClassical MPR.
On Saturday, May 20, a storied concert venue on the Iron Range, Goodman Auditorium in Virginia, will host a final celebratory concert before it is decommissioned and razed. Celebrated American composer Rene Clausen has written a new concert-length choral and orchestral work, ‘Mesabi: The Sleeping Giant,’ to celebrate the historic hall. Find out more!
YourClassical MPR recently hosted the Voces8 Scholars in our flagship recording studio — and what an endeavor it turned out to be. Among the highlights of the three-day session by the U.S.-based training ensemble for the U.K.’s esteemed Voces8 was a recording of Paul Smith’s ‘Nunc Dimittis’ performed with the Minneapolis-based Augsburg/Mirandola Chamber Collective. Watch now!
The Minneapolis youth choir Known MPLS is making an impact in song and in community. ‘Known MPLS first and foremost exists to consistently provide a safe space for youth to thrive,’ director Courtland Pickens says. Find out more about these remarkable singers, and watch their performance of ‘Up Above My Head.’
During the Voces8 Scholars’ recent recording residency with YourClassical MPR, the young singers enjoyed the privilege of working with Minnesota composer Shruthi Rajasekar. Watch and listen now as they perform the Midwestern premiere of her vibrant new piece ‘Sat on the Shore,’ which urges listeners to ‘put away your mobile devices’ and enjoy the beauty of the world around you.