Free will donation. A concert for all ages. Come and join us!
A celebration of the rich choral traditions of our region Choir Country is a celebration of Minnesota’s finest composers and the deep roots of excellent choral singing in our region. Minnesota has been blessed with a tradition of excellent choral performance AND choral composition. Building on the foundations laid by F Melius Christiansen, Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen and many others, a richly talented and diverse body of contemporary Minnesota-based composers are creating beautiful new music for choir.
Choral Arts Ensemble will feature thirteen of these vibrant and eloquent voices, both in video clips of the composers talking about their craft, and in the moving artistry of their music itself. Familiar MPR music host Steve Staruch will help us by conducting these video interviews.
This is a Free Will concert – open and suitable for all ages! Come learn the composer’s creative process and experience how that is translated and delivered to the audience by a top-notch choir.
About Choral Arts Ensemble
Choral Arts Ensemble is an auditioned choir that has been making music throughout southeast Minnesota since its founding by Rick Kvam in 1985. Its volunteer members come from all over southeast Minnesota as well as Rochester, and encompass a wide variety of professions and interests. Repertoire includes a cappella works, from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a variety of choral/orchestral works. Since 1996 Choral Arts Ensemble has commissioned and/or premiered more than 50 new choral works. Its catalog of 15 cds includes Minnesota Voices and Hail, Minnesota! both of which feature works by Minnesota composers.