On Friday, Nov. 9, Classical MPR will host its next Bring the Sing community choral event in a place renowned for singing, St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
The event will draw together two core ensembles, St. Paul-based One Voice Mixed Chorus and Faribault-based Shattuck-St. Mary's Chamber Choir, as well as members of the St. Olaf, Carleton, Northfield, Faribault, and Rice County communities along with anyone else who loves to sing.
The event is free and open to the public. The ability to read music is not necessary, and all are welcome.
Doors will open at 7 p.m., with the event set to begin at 7:30 p.m. in St. Olaf College's Boe Chapel.
Bring the Sing events serve as communal choral singing events for participants of all abilities and from all backgrounds, strengthening and unifying communities in ways not otherwise possible. On the heels of a polarizing election season and following a string of tornadoes in southern Minnesota the largest September outbreak on record in Minnesota Bring the Sing will offer a sense of community togetherness throughout the region.
One Voice's participation in this event kicks off its 15th annual outreach tour which also includes performances in Willmar, St. Cloud and Minneapolis. Its program will include highlights from its winter concert, Beyond Broadway, which mingles Broadway and movie musicals, with a dash of opera.
Past Bring the Sing participants might be familiar with the conductor for the event, Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, who serves as guest artistic director of One Voice Mixed Chorus and as conductor of St. Olaf's Chapel Choir and Viking Men's Chorus. Wondemagegnehu's dynamism has graced two past Bring the Sing events, as well as Bridge of Song, an award-winning mass choral response to community violence.
Wondemagegnehu most recently served as director of choral ministries at Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis, where he cofounded the Justice Choir movement with noted composer Abbie Betinis. This past summer, Wondemagegnehu served as guest conductor of the children's choir at the Aspen Music Festival, leading them in a weeklong journey through the Justice Choir Songbook, several selections of which will be sung at November's Bring the Sing event.
Bring the Sing Northfield
Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College campus (campus map)
1523 Campus Drive, Northfield, MN 55057
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m. Please arrive with enough time to sign in. No advance registration is required.
Sheet music for three of the selections is available online in advance of the event. These songs include "Love Is Love Is Love Is Love," by Betinis; "OneFoot/Lead with Love," by Melanie DeMore; "Courage to Be Who We Are," by Ruth Huber; and "We Shall Overcome," arranged by Wondemagegnehu. Printed sheet music for these songs and the remaining selections also will be available at the event.