Choral Arts Ensemble

May 6 2018 3:00 pm
St. John's Hall

The Northfield Arts Guild hosts Choral Arts Ensemble of Rochester, Minnesota for a Choir Country concert on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm.  This celebration of rich choral traditions will be held at St. John’s Hall, 500 Third Street West, Northfield.

Choir Countryis a celebration of Minnesota’s finest composers and the deep roots of exceptional choral singing in our region. Minnesota has a tradition of top-quality 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 choirs.  The Choir Country concert features thirteen of these vibrant and eloquent composers - through the artistry of their music and through video clips of the composers talking about their craft.  Minnesota Public Radio classical music host Steve Staruch conducts the video interviews.

Now entering its 33rd season, Choral Arts Ensemble is an auditioned choir founded by Rick Kvam.  Its volunteer members are from Rochester, as well as throughout southeast Minnesota; they encompass a wide variety of professions and interests.  Repertoire includes a cappella works from the Renaissance to the present day, in addition to a variety of choral/orchestral works.  Since 1996 Choral Arts Ensemble has commissioned and  premiered more than fifty new choral works.  Its catalog of fifteen CDs includes Minnesota Voices and Hail, Minnesota! – both featuring works by Minnesota composers.

Tickets for Choir Country are $15 for adults and $10.00 for seniors & students.  Tickets are available online at, by calling 507.645.8877, or at the Guild’s Center for the Arts, 304 Division Street South, Northfield. 

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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