Blaine choir to perform in VocalEssence’s ode to Mexico’s musical heritage

The Blaine Senior High concert choir will perform songs written especially for them by composer Novelli Jurado as part of Vocal Essence’s annual cross-cultural celebration. Photo by Elyse Kaner

The Blaine Senior High concert choir will perform songs written especially for them by composer Novelli Jurado as part of Vocal Essence’s annual cross-cultural celebration.  Photo by Elyse Kaner

The Blaine High School choir will perform with VocalEssence, a 130-member chorus, and other Twin City area choirs, in a free concert Tuesday, May 21, 8 p.m., at Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd. E. in Wayzata.

The concert is part of VocalEssence’s annual celebration of educational, international partnership ¡Cantaré! Community Concerts.

Tickets are available through VocalEssence partners Wayzata Community Church, Consulate of Mexico, Latino Communications Network and the Neighborhood House at Wellstone Center.

The world premiere performance celebrates the musical traditions of Mexico. Students are collaborating with famed Mexican composers Gerardo Cardenas and Novelli Jurado in a cross-cultural exchange. Blaine High School teacher Sue Zemlin conducts her choir in two songs commissioned by VocalEssence and written especially for her concert choir.

A concert featuring Twin Cities elementary school singers precedes the concert. The elementary concert starts at 6 p.m. doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Artistic director Philip Brunelle founded VocalEssence in 1969.

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