Saturday, March 12, 2011

Hannibal Lokumbe's 'WITNESS: In The Spirit Of Being' 4 PM Feb. 19, 2012 in VocalEssence 2011-2012 Season

[Hannibal Lokumbe]

Malia Cole of VocalEssence sends a News Release from which we present excerpts:

FOR RELEASE Friday, March 11, 2011
A musical travel adventure with Philip Brunelle and VocalEssence
MINNEAPOLIS, MN (March 13, 2011) — VocalEssence proudly announces the 2011-2012 Concert Season — a year of musical exploration and adventure. Under the direction of Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle, the 43rd season includes seven subscription concerts, two special events, and one community concert.

Season tickets go on sale beginning Friday, March 4, 2011. VocalEssence subscribers receive premium seating and save 15% off regular single ticket prices. Subscriptions can be ordered online at or 612-371-5642.

2011-2012 Season highlights include:
§ Thrilling new music by Grammy Award-winning composers William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty — co-commissioned by VocalEssence.
§ An all-Minnesota Homecoming Concert, following a statewide tour along Highway 23.
§ The world premiere of Joyce Awards-winning composer Hannibal Lokumbe’s In the Spirit of Being.
§ A collaboration with The Rose Ensemble, bringing traditional and contemporary sounds together for Música de México.
§ New music by British composers Tarik O’Regan and Jonathan Dove with Copper Street Brass Quintet.
§ The Chorus America Conference Opening Gala Concert, welcoming a multitude of Minnesota choirs to Orchestra Hall.

Season images are available at

Season Subscription Performances

The Gift of Fire
Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 4 pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with William Bolcom and Michael Daugherty

North Star Tour: Homecoming Concert
Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 4 pm

Welcome Christmas
Five performances: December 3, 4, 9, 10 & 11, 2011

WITNESS: In the Spirit of Being
Sunday, February 19, 2012 at 4 pm
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul
Concert Conversation at 3 pm with Hannibal Lokumbe
Composer Hannibal Lokumbe, trumpet
VocalEssence Chorus & Ensemble Singers
Children’s Choir
Jazz Quintet (trumpet, piano, bass, and African percussion)
Philip Brunelle, conductor

Funded through a major award from The Joyce Foundation, VocalEssence is commissioning Hannibal Lokumbe (Dear Mrs. Parks, WITNESS 2007) to create a new musical work for the 2012 WITNESS concert. Titled In the Spirit of Being, the sixty-minute, four-movement piece will represent the stages of the human experience — birth, struggle, forgiveness/resolution, and peace — as seen through the eyes of the composer. During the world premiere, each movement will be introduced by a spiritual leader from the community.

Música de México
Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8 pm
Saturday, March 10, 2012 at 8 pm

Brits & Brass
Friday, April 13, 2012 at 8 pm

Chorus America Conference: Opening Gala Concert
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 8 pm
Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis

As the host of the 2012 Chorus America Conference, VocalEssence will welcome a multitude of Minnesota choirs to join them on stage for a colossal choral concert celebrating Minnesota composers. It promises to be an unforgettable night — the perfect season finale for any choral music lover.

2011-2012 Season Special Events

Star of Wonder
Family Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 10, 2011 at 10 am

。Cantaré! Community Concert
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 7 pm

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass
Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 8 pm

VocalEssence has released thirteen commercial recordings, including four WITNESS CDs of music by African American composers and artists available on the Clarion label.

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