Choral Arts Ensemble Guitar Quartet to perform


A capella voices of the Choral Arts Ensemble will perform the premier of “Pathways” by Jeffery Van, commissioned by Matt Camrud and his sister Emily Richards, in memory of their mother. The group will perform in Winona on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of St. Mary of the Angels.

This piece “takes listeners on a journey through the darkness of dementia, but ultimately ends in the light of spirits soaring unfettered.” Other works include Samuel Barber’s “Reincarnations” and “Vita de la mia vita” by William Hawley.

The Minneapolis Guitar Quartet will entrance with their arrangement of “Old Castle, by the river, in the middle of a forest” by Hiromi Uehara (b. 1979) and treat you to two Macedonian folk tunes during their solo sets.

Together they will perform another recent work by Jeffery Van, “Music of Love and the Stars,” and Gabriel Fauré’s “Madrigal.”

Tickets are $25 for adults and $5 for students. They can be purchased online at or by calling the Choral Arts Ensemble office at 507-252-8427.

About Choral Arts Ensemble

Now entering its 33rd 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 as well as Rochester, and encompass a wide variety of professions and interests. Its repertoire includes a cappella works from the Renaissance to the present day, as well as a variety of choral/orchestral works. Since 1996 Choral Arts Ensemble has commissioned and/or premiered more than 50 new choral works. Its catalog of 15 CDs includes “Minnesota Voices” and “Hail, Minnesota!,” both of which feature works by Minnesota composers.

About the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet

With profoundly moving performances expressing heart-felt intimacy to dazzling bravado, the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet has captivated audiences throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. From Bach to Piazzolla to Prince, MGQ’s eclectic programs are propelled by virtuosity and synchronization that come from decades of classical training and ensemble experience. The foursome — Joseph Hagedorn, Maja Radovanlija, Ben Kunkel and Wade Oden — build an intimate and comfortable rapport with their audiences through their engaging stage presence and good humor. “More than a guitar quartet, more than superb musicians, and more than a great chamber group,” said composer/performer Daniel Bernard Roumain. “They are ambassadors of sound, style, and substance.”


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