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Being in a State of Thankfulness

Why is it that it’s so easy to find things to complain and grumble about in our world today? The answers to that question are numerous and complex and are almost always void of any sense of thankfulness. As I reflect on the happiest times in my life, they almost always involve being in a state of thankfulness: for a loving life partner, for a good medical test result, for friends and family that warm a chilly world . . . the list could go on and on. At Choral Arts Ensemble, in this season of giving thanks, we are most thankful for you, our friends and supporters. Without you, there would be no reason for us to prepare and present choral music at that feeds the spirit and heals the soul. To

Give to the Max Day is tomorrow!

Thank you to all of you who responded to our recent fundraising appeal and have already contributed directly to Choral Arts Ensemble. If you have not yet made the decision to support our singers, season and fledgling community enrichment quartet - here is another opportunity through GiveMN. A $3,000 Mayo Clinic Matching Challenge grant is also still available to 1st time donors - doubling the impact of your contribution. Again, thank you for your support!

Wake up!

In 1598, as a plague epidemic decimated his small town in western Germany, a beleaguered young Lutheran minister, Philipp Nicolai, wrote one of the greatest of all chorales, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Wake up, the voice is calling us). He wrote it “to leave behind me (if God should call me from this world), or, if God should spare me in health, to comfort other sufferers.” This evocative text and memorable melody have inspired composers ever since, from the glorious Cantata 140 of J. S. Bach to the amazing 20th Century masterwork, Wachet auf, of Heinz Werner Zimmermann. Three marvelous settings of this most famous Advent hymn will open our 36th annual Christmas at Assisi concert. Don

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