Choral Arts Ensemble explores the heavens


Music of the Spheres

May 6, 2017, 7:30 pm

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church


The heavens, the stars, “this brave o’erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire,” have intrigued, humbled and astonished humankind for all recorded history, inspiring great poetry and exquisite music.  In recognition of our place in this starry universe, Choral Arts Ensemble will sing a program including “This Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen, “Stars” by Ēriks Ešenvalds, “Choose Something Like a Star” by Randall Thompson, “Ballade to the Moon” by Daniel Elder.  The group will also premiere a new piece by Minneapolis composer Carol Barnett setting Rabindranath Tagore’s poem, “The Lost Star.”

On the lighter side, CAE will share some contemporary celestial-themed love songs such as “Sun and Moon” from Miss Saigon and the Lennon/McCartney classic “I’ll Follow the Sun.”

Now in its 32nd season, Choral Arts Ensemble is an auditioned choir that has been making music throughout Southeast Minnesota since its founding by Rick Kvam in 1985. Its volunteer members come from all over Southeast Minnesota and encompass a wide variety professions and interests.

This concert will be presented on May 6 at 7:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1212 12th Avenue NW, Rochester. Tickets for the concert are $20 ($5 for students), and can be purchased online at or by calling the Choral Arts Ensemble office at 507-252-8427.

In addition, Choral Arts Ensemble will perform this concert at the State Theater in Zumbrota at 7:30 p.m. on April 28. Tickets are $15; visit to purchase.  It will also perform at Central Lutheran Church in Winona at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, (donations accepted). These regional concerts are made possible with the help of the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southeast Minnesota Arts Council through an appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 


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