Wednesday, November 21
Dr. Taner Akcam
Sunday, October 21
Minnesota Center Chorale Presents Autumn Cantabile
Butterfly Songs, a moving and inspirational setting of eight poems by children imprisoned in Terezín concentration camp, will be the featured work at the Minnesota Center Chorale (MCC) concert, Autumn Cantabile, on Sunday, October 21. Under the baton of J. Michele Edwards, MCC will be joined at their concert season opener by St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Cantabile Girls’ Choir (Cantabile and Choristers choirs directed by Jane Oxton and Betsy Eickhoff), area vocal soloists, and professional orchestra. Soprano Hillary Vermillion and baritone Hugh Givens join MCC and orchestra in a performance of the Fauré Requiem, one of the most familiar and well-loved choral works. The concert begins at 3 p.m. at Salem Lutheran Church in St. Cloud, MN. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact MCC at 320-257-0603 or info@MinnesotaCenterChorale.org.
Ticket Information: $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $5 for students. Group rates for 10 or more are available. Tickets can be purchased in advance and at the door.
Program Details: Butterfly Songs by Twin Cities composer Jeanie Brindley-Barnett captures the poignancy of poems in I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a compilation of poems and about 100 of the 4,000 artworks created by children imprisoned in Terezín concentration camp. Of the 15,000 children who passed through Terezín between 1942 and 1944, fewer than 100 survived. The poems and pictures depict the daily misery these children endured along with signs of their courage and optimism, hopes and fears. Butterfly Songs generates and will convey to the audience the lasting spirit of the many lost children, giving the horrors of genocide a human face. Poems from the book will be read during the performance by girls from the SCSU Cantabile Girls’ Choir.
Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem, written primarily between 1887 and 1890 with further changes in orchestration during 1889-1900, was described by the composer as “altogether as gentle as I am myself.” Although Fauré worked as organist and choirmaster for one of the largest and most prestigious churches in Paris, his Requiem is extraordinarily intimate. In the composer’s words, “My Requiem…has been said to express no fear of death; it has been called a lullaby of death. But that is how I feel about death: a happy deliverance.”
Reproductions of artwork from I Never Saw Another Butterfly provided by composer Jeanie Brindley-Barnett will be on display at Salem Lutheran on the day of the concert.
Concert Sponsors: Rinke Noonan, Attorneys at Law. MCC is funded in part by grants from United Arts of Central Minnesota, Central Minnesota Arts Board, and St. Cloud Arts Commission.
SCSU Cantabile Girls’ Choir is sponsored by the SCSU Music Department Preparatory Program.
Thursday, September 27
Presentation of the acclaimed Israeli/Palestine film project ENCOUNTER POINT.
Encounter Point seeks to present both Palestinian and Israeli reality and suffering under the current political situation and thus attempts to start a cultural reconciliation. Open to the public, all are welcome to this unique opportunity to engage with citizens from the Middle East who are political active to build a future for everybody.
Followed by a discussion with some of the film's producers.
View film trailer.