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Listen to VocalEssence's 50th-anniversary concert

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VocalEssence performed its 50th-anniversary concert on Oct. 7, 2018. Bruce Silcox
58min 59sec : VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Concert - Part 1
58min 59sec : VocalEssence 50th Anniversary Concert - Part 2

VocalEssence is celebrating its 50th-anniversary season. Listen now to this encore presentation of its 50th-anniversary concert from Oct. 7 with host John Birge.

Roll out the red carpet and stroll down memory lane as we celebrate the people and songs that made VocalEssence what it is today. Opening just as it did 50 years ago with Copland's In the Beginning, the concert brings back audience favorites, including selections from Benny Andersson's Kristina and John Philip Sousa's El Capitan.


Aaron Copland: In the Beginning
George Frederic Handel: Solomon, "Praise the Lord With Harp and Tongue"
Benjamin Britten: Paul Bunyan, "Food Duet"
Traditional, arr. Moses Hogan: "The Battle of Jericho"
Libby Larsen: "Eternal Ruler of the Ceaseless Round"
William Bolcom: "Knockout Rag"
Benny Andersson: Kristina, "Flight"
Alice Parker: "Ode to Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence"
PDQ Bach: "Birthday Ode for Big Daddy Bach"
Stephen Paulus: "The Day Is Done"
Jesus Lopez: "En Paz"
John Rutter: "When Music Sounds"
Billy Taylor: Peaceful Warrior, "Heritage"
Dominick Argento: "The Last Invocation"
Kurt Weill: Lady in the Dark, "Tchaikovsky"
John Philip Sousa: El Capitan
Rodion Schedrin: "The Sealed Angel"
Aaron Copland: The Tender Land, "The Promise of Living"