Welcome Christmas!

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There’s no better way to welcome Christmas than with the VocalEssence holiday concert.

The Minneapolis-based ensemble has ben
recognized internationally as one of America’s premier choral
organizations. Philip Brunelle leads the 120-voice VocalEssence Chorus
and the 32-voice VocalEssence Ensemble Singers.

There’s a
definite Spanish accent to much of the music in year’s Welcome
Christmas!. You’ll hear a piece VocalEssence commissioned in 1995 showcasing
Mexican-American carols.

The program also features music by Diego
Luzuriaga, who grew up in a farm town in Ecuador. Luzuriaga remembers
collecting sticks and straw to make the stable for his family’s
nativity scene. After carefully arranging figures of shepherds and
animals alongside Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, he remembers the
moment when everything was in place, and ready for Christmas. “Un
Nacimiento” (“Nativity Scene”) captures that innocent, happy childhood

You’ll also hear seasonal favorites by Stephen Paulus and
John Rutter.


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