MNuet, built on the membership of classical music organizations and ensembles in the Twin Cities, recently welcomed three new members.
Magnum Chorum is a 50-voice chamber choir founded in the choral tradition of St. Olaf College. Now in its 22nd season, Magnum Chorum also serves as choir in residence at Westwood Lutheran Church in St. Louis Park.
The National Lutheran Choir, built on the Lutheran heritage of choral music, performs literature from the entire spectrum of sacred choral music, with and without instrumental accompaniment—from early chant to new compositions and from simple folk anthems to complex orchestral masterworks. The National Lutheran Choir was the recipient of the 2007 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and the 2007 Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute.
Mezzo-soprano Alyssa Anderson and guitarist Joseph Spoelstra are The Dream Songs Project. The duo programs a wide range of repertoire, including guitar transcriptions of lute songs and opera arias, classical and romantic art songs written for the instrument, as well as modern pieces and newly commissioned works for the ensemble. The Dream Songs Project won a 2012 Metropolitan Community Arts Council Community Arts Grant to fund a series of performances focusing on voice and guitar pieces by Minnesota composers and to commission a new piece by composer Daniel Nass.
Expect to see—and hear—these and other MNuet voices on MNuet’s pages and podcasts in the coming weeks.
Pictured: Magnum Chorum (top) and the Dream Songs Project.