VocalEssence at the American Swedish Institute
Minnesota is home to one of the true international gems in choral music – the VocalEssence Ensemble Singers. This 32-voice professional chorus, directed by VocalEssence founder Philip Brunelle, is a beloved national treasure that has been enjoyed by millions in Minnesota, around the country, and indeed, around the world.
Recipients of worldwide acclamation, the Ensemble Singers were declared by The Oxford Times (UK) to “have a blend that could — and should — be the envy of every choir in the business.” Founded in 1991, the Ensemble Singers are applauded for their “superbly blended sound” (Birmingham Post, UK) and “exemplary technique” (Minneapolis Star Tribune) and lauded by the Times of London as “polished, bright and brilliantly balanced.”
Striving always to create perfection in their choral sound, the Ensemble Singers genuinely engage the audience with their vivid personality and expressive singing. Their tremendous talent enables the Ensemble Singers to be equally at ease with works dating from the Baroque era to the modern day, approaching each musical endeavor with originality and freshness.
The September 24, 2017 VocalEssence performance at the American Swedish Institute in conjunction with FinnFest USA will include music by Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, EL HAMBO and COME AWAY, DEATH; Einojuhani Rautavaara’s HALAVAN HIMMEÄN ALLA (Three Songs from “Aleksis Kivi”), commissioned and premiered by VocalEssence in 1998 and his WITH JOY WE GO DANCING; Kaija Saariaho’s HORLOGE, TAIS-TOI; Olli Kortekangas’s THREE PIAE CANTIONES SONGS; Jean Sibelius’s FINLANDIA HYMN and TULATULLA by Stephen Paulus. There will be guest appearances on the program by Osmo Vänskä and violinist Sara Pajunen.