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March 17, 2019

Tickets sold out in St. Paul - and over 300 are listening tonight in Lourdes Chapel, Rochester.  Final program is now only $15.00 - catch them all in Winona at 3:00 tomorrow @ Central Lutheran Church.

March 14, 2019

I've heard it said that listening to Baroque music (and especially Bach) naturally creates order in the mind. If that's the case, CAE singers should be thinking very clearly these days. Our first rehearsal with our artistic partner for this concert - Bach Society- in p...

March 13, 2019

It went very quickly from ‘getting to know you’, to ‘getting it all together’ at rehearsal last night in Lourdes Chapel.  Everyone is excited to collaborate on Bach’s St. John Passion along with soloists Anna Christofaro, Nerea Berraondo, Nicholas Chalmers, and Alan Du...

March 11, 2019

This March, a wonderful variety of musical talents will team up, joyously, to present Johann Sebastian Bach’s monumental St John Passion.  It should be an exhilarating evening.

First, we have our maestro, Matthias Maute, guiding the performance.  Born in Germa...

March 8, 2019

This is Bach's fair copy score of the opening chorus of the St John Passion.  In the dense 16th notes of the strings (center), one gets a visual sense of the dark, brooding unrest of the opening--g minor, aching dissonances in the oboes soaring over the swirling textur...

December 11, 2018

Sadly, the original Schifferkirche St. Nikola in Oberndorf, Austria near Salzburg had to be demolished due to heavy damage from several floods, but, in tribute to the Stille Nacht carol, a small chapel was built in its place.  The Silent Night Memorial C...

November 21, 2018

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...

November 14, 2018

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 oppor...

November 5, 2018

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 behi...

October 1, 2018

The amazing OK Factor duo, Olivia (cello) and Karla (violin), will be in residency with Choral Arts Ensemble all next week!  They'll play all over town, teach in the schools, work with SEMYO, and delight at Rochester Music Guild's Lunch-n-Learn.  Our Saturday night per...

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