What a Mighty God
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

What a Mighty God

Feel your spirit soar to new heights at this vibrant and soulful program. Born of a dark past, spirituals have an unmistakable power to connect us through our joys and sorrows. Dr. André Thomas expertly honors this past and moves into the gospel realm by conducting the Midwest premiere of his Mass: A Celebration of Love and Joy with orchestra, soloists, and choir. Continue the journey with powerful spirituals for choir and orchestra including “In That Great Gettin’ Up Morning” and “What a Mighty God,” and get ready to shout for joy!

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and will be joined by several of her students who are part of the VocalEssence Singers Of This Age (VESOTA).

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Welcome Christmas 2019
Dec
7
to Dec 15

Welcome Christmas 2019

God Jul! Celebrate a Nordic Christmas with carols from Sweden, Finland, and Norway, including the world premiere of Nordic Christmas—a suite of Norwegian carols arranged by Norway’s hot young composer, Kim André Arnesen—commissioned in honor of the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway. Traverse the fjords and hear arrangements of carols you know, and fall in love with two new carols featuring violin as the Welcome Christmas Carol Contest celebrates its 22nd anniversary.

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and will be featured in a quartet performing “Cancion de los Gitanos”.

Additional Performances:

Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Dec 15 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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El Mesias & Navidad Nuestra
Dec
13
to Dec 14

El Mesias & Navidad Nuestra

El Mesías is a bilingual (Spanish-English) version of Handel’s Messiah combined with Navidad Nuestra, a cantata by Argentine composer Ariel Ramírez that focuses on the Holy Family’s role as refugees in the Christmas story. This will be the third year in which we present a version of El Mesías. This is our most popular program and is on its way to becoming an annual musical event embraced by the Latinx communities of our two venues and the wider Twin Cities classical music audience.

There will be two performances of the work: Friday, December 13th at Church of the Ascension and Saturday, December 14th at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Natalia will be performing with Border CrosSing’s Puentes ensemble and Minnesota Chorale.

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Deep Roots: 30 Years of WITNESS
Feb
23
4:30 PM16:30

Deep Roots: 30 Years of WITNESS

Join us as we honor the deep musical roots from which VocalEssence WITNESS sprang 30 years ago. Guiding you on the journey through spirituals, jazz, gospel, and soul will be homegrown artists—singers, actors, dancers—including two-time Billboard Gospel chart-topper Jovonta Patton and a special 30th Anniversary Community Choir. Continuing our commitment to include new voices on stage, the concert will include a world premiere arrangement of the spiritual “Witness” by Joel Thompson.

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

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Black Christ of the Andes
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Black Christ of the Andes

An exploration of religious faith in the Americas throughout history seen through the lens of sacred choral music from different periods. Highlights of this program include our unique interpretation of Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez and selections from jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams’ rarely performed choral masterwork, Black Christ of the Andes

Additional Performances:

Saturday, October 19th at 7:00PM.

Church of the Ascension 1723 Bryant Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Natalia will be performing with the Puentes ensemble, a 16 voice professional chamber choir.

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Divine Light
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Divine Light

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Soak in the intimate beauty of the human voice in this unique chamber performance exploring the relationship between the human and the divine. Joining the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers on this journey will be Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Associate Concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini. Skillfully selected for the space, the wide-ranging blend of music from all over the world includes György Ligeti’s 16-part Lux Aeterna, made famous in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

There will be two performances: 4:00PM and 7:00PM.

Natalia will be singing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and is being featured in Colores Pacis in a trio.

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Emerging Latinx Voices: Border CrosSing
May
22
2:00 PM14:00

Emerging Latinx Voices: Border CrosSing

Featuring a sneak peek of choruses from Reinaldo Moya‘s upcoming opera Tienda, which tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s.

We also explore connections between Minnesota and Latin America and present choral works by emerging Latinx composers, including Valeria Jonard and Mari Valverde paired with works by Minnesota composers Abbie BetinisCarol Barnettand Linda Kachelmeier.

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Songs of Screen and Stage: Spring Pops
May
20
7:00 PM19:00

Songs of Screen and Stage: Spring Pops

Join us at Harding High School for “Songs of Screen and Stage”, our 2019 Pops Concert.

Students will be performing works from Titanic, O Brother Where Art Thou, Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton and many more. We will also be honoring our seniors during this concert!

This is the capstone performance for students in the Harding High School Choir department, and will feature Bella Voce, Helios Chorum and Chamber Choir.

Natalia will be directing three ensembles: Bella Voce, Helios Chorum and Chamber Choir. She will be joined onstage by Phil Bratnober, piano.

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THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’
Apr
27
8:00 PM20:00

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

Bob Dylan’s timeless music has been covered by everyone from Jimi Hendrix to the Kronos Quartet. As the finale to our 50th season, it’s time to add our name to the list. Join us as we reimagine Dylan in the Midwest premiere of The Times They Are A-Changin’: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan, commissioned in honor of his 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and arranged by Steve Hackman. Kick back, grab a drink, and hear Dylan’s music like it’s the first time all over again.

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers and will be part of a septet performing “Tangled Up In Blue”!

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Coco's Barrio: Cinco De Mayo
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Coco's Barrio: Cinco De Mayo

“Welcome to Coco’s barrio where dogs bark Spanish lullabies and gatos meow “al son”. Come celebrate “Cinco De Mayo” with Coco and her neighbors where the dead and the living share memories of days gone by. Coco’s Barrio is a live bilingual radio broadcast which blends social political humor with Latin American music and traditions. Written by Silvia Pontaza, Eric Silva Brenneman and Al Justiniano.”

Natalia is thrilled to join Teatro Del Pueblo as the music direction for this production. Join us at the History Theater in Downtown St. Paul on April 26th, 27th and 28th.

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28th Annual Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Concert & Performance Art
Apr
23
6:00 PM18:00

28th Annual Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Concert & Performance Art

More than 450 Saint Paul student artists, vocalists, and instrumentalists will showcase their skills during the 28th annual Honors Concert on April 23 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The annual showcase is in partnership with Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and the Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M).

The Honors Concert will feature a performance by high school orchestra, band, and choir students conducted by guest conductors, and accompanied by Thomas Bartsch. The event will also include a student Performance Showcase prior to the concert in the Target Atrium.

“The Honors Concert celebrates the wonderful accomplishments of students in our community and encourages their continued growth in the performing arts,” said Jamie Grant, Ordway president and CEO. “It’s a privilege for the Ordway to partner with these phenomenal organizations and host this annual event.”

The Harding Music Department is proud to announce that we have 35 students participating this year - 13 in the choir, 17 in the band and 5 in the Orchestra. Go Knights!!

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A Scandalous Beauty: Music and Meditations for Good Friday
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

A Scandalous Beauty: Music and Meditations for Good Friday

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In Lessons and Carols format, this liturgy challenges us to shed our doctrinal and intellectual armor, to resist the apathy of well-worn narratives, and to risk stepping outside of our comfortable, tastefully domesticated liturgical routines to stand at the foot of the cross – neither rationalizing or recoiling, but looking Christ squarely in the eyes – as we contemplate the paradoxical beauty of his suffering and death.

Writings of B.H. Fairchild, R.S. Thomas, Flannery O’Connor, Thomas Schmidt, and Michael Coffey, with music of Edward Bairstow, Monte Mason, P.I. Tchaikovsky, Larry Fleming, Trond Kverno, and Sergei Rachmaninoff will be offered amidst incense, long shadows, and deep silence. The liturgy will last 75 minutes, and childcare will be available.

Please join us as God draws near to us through the scandalous beauty of the Son’s death.

Natalia serves as the Treble II Lay Clark at St. Paul’s Episcopal. She will also be performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise.

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Candide
Mar
21
to Mar 24

Candide

This production is in partnership with Theater Latté Da.

With star-crossed lovers, villains, Monty Python-esque comedy, and a beautiful score, Leonard Bernstein’s Candide is opera for the people. Wrapped in irony, this musical follows the optimistic young Candide in search of “the best of all possible worlds” on an extraordinary journey to reunite with his soulmate. Imagined by Theater Latté Da’s Peter Rothstein, the all-star cast will perform a theatrical concert version, allowing audiences to savor the epic beauty of Bernstein’s music.

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

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MMEA: Schoology and the Virtual Folder
Feb
15
3:45 PM15:45

MMEA: Schoology and the Virtual Folder

Natalia will be presenting an interest session at the Minnesota Music Educator’s Association 2019 Conference titled “Schoology and the Virtual Folder”.

In this session, Natalia will share how she uses Schoology as a place to gather student data, a hub for sectionals and other student resources and how it has flipped her classroom and built a sense of students ownership in the program.

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El Mesias & Navidad Nuestra
Dec
14
to Dec 15

El Mesias & Navidad Nuestra

Border CrosSing joins forces with the Minnesota Chorale to present a new bilingual, Spanish-English version of Handel’s “Messiah” paired with “Navidad Nuestra” by Ariel Ramirez (1964). Featuring soloists Carrie Henneman Shaw, Nerea Berraondo, Nicholas Chalmers, and Justin Staebell, as well as traditional Chilean ensemble Alma Andina.

This concert will be presented twice: Friday, December 14th, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saturday, December 15th, 2018 at Church of the Ascension. Both performances will take place at 8:00PM. Suggested ticket donation is $20.

Natalia will be performing with Border CrosSing.

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Winter Choir Concert
Dec
11
7:00 PM19:00

Winter Choir Concert

“Cold are the people, winter of life. We tremble in shadows this cold, endless night”

Join us on December 11th for our annual Winter Concert. Students will be presenting works by Rollo Dilworth, Abbie Betinis, Andre Thomas and joining with the audience to perform Daniel Kantor’s Night of Silence. No tickets needed - all are welcome.

December 11th, 2018 | 7:00PM | Harding Auditorium

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Lessons & Carols
Dec
7
7:00 PM19:00

Lessons & Carols

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As winter darkness gathers, we will settle in candlelit warmth to share stories and music of the season, including poetry of Thomas Merton and Jan Richardson, Stephen Paulus’ devilishly spikey “Pilgrim Jesus” and the premiere of a tenebrous meditation on the Wendell Berry text “To Know The Dark” composed by J. David Moore especially for Saint Paul’s Choir.

An Immaculate Reception of sherry and sweets will follow, fireside, in the Parish House, and childcare will be available. Please join us for a festive evening sure to warm you from the inside out.

Natalia serves as the Treble II Lay Clark at St. Paul’s and will be the soloist for Elizabeth Poston’s Jesus Christ The Apple Tree.

Saint Paul’s Church on Lake of the Isles

1917 Logan Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55403

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Welcome Christmas 2018
Dec
1
to Dec 9

Welcome Christmas 2018

Every beloved Christmas song had a first performance. Discover your holiday soundtrack as VocalEssence performs the crème de la crème of Christmas premieres over the past 49 years and looks toward the future with world premieres by screen and stage composer Nico Muhly (hot off his premiere at the Metropolitan Opera in New York!) and two new carols by winners of the 21st annual Welcome Christmas Carol Contest.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 7:30-9:30 PM
Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, Apple Valley

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30-9:30 PM
Roseville Lutheran Church, Roseville

Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 4-6 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 4-6 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

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Music for a Grand Cathedral
Oct
28
2:00 PM14:00

Music for a Grand Cathedral

Every day deserves beauty. Give yourself time to sit and soak in Vaughan Williams’s Mass in G minor in a space worthy of its expansive beauty, the majestic Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Written when the composer turned 50, the Mass is simultaneously inspired by the past yet uniquely Vaughan Williams’ own, with lush English harmonies that stretch the choir to its fullest potential. As VocalEssence and The St. Olaf Choir join forces on this mystical masterpiece, let it wash over you and bring you to a hushed devotion.

Natalia will be performing with the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

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Song of the Snake: Sensemayá
Sep
14
to Sep 15

Song of the Snake: Sensemayá

Music for percussion and voices, featuring Mexican percussion quartet Versus8. Hear a new arrangement by director Ahmed Anzaldua of the powerful orchestral work “Sensemayá” by Silvestre Revueltas. This program will also include works by Osvaldo Golijov, Javier Álvarez, and Steve Reich.

Ticket prices online: Adults $20, Seniors $15, Students $10.
Pay-as-you-will the night of the concert.
Pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM

Border CrosSing is a new organization founded in 2017 by a team of accomplished musicians and arts leaders. Our mission is to integrate historically-segregated audiences and musicians through the performance of choral music. We envision a landscape where singers and audiences more closely reflect the racial and cultural composition of the Twin Cities.

Natalia will be performing with Border CrosSing, where she also serves on the board.

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