Oratorio Society of Minnesota Announces Great Opera Choruses Concert

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is proud to announce the concert GREAT OPERA CHORUSES, which will be presented by the Society’s Summer Chorus, a festival chorus of 150 singers, and a professional orchestra. The concert, conducted by Artistic Director Matthew Mehaffey, will include iconic choruses from the great operas including:

Giuseppe Verdi - AIDA: Grand Finale II - Gloria all-Egito
Aleksandr Borodin - PRINCE IGOR: Polovtsian Dances
Georges Bizet - CARMEN: Habanera
Henry Purcell - DIDO & AENEAS: Great Minds Against Themselves Conspire
Henry Purcell - With Drooping Wings, Ye Cupids Come
Giuseppe Verdi - IL TROVATORE: Vedi! Le fosche (Anvil Chorus)
Richard Wagner - LOHENGRIN: Treulich Gefuhrt (Bridal Chorus)
Giuseppe Verdi - NABUCCO: Va, pensiero (Chorus of Hebrew Slaves)
Richard Wagner - TANNHÄUSER: Pilgrim's Chorus and Finale
Giacomo Puccini - MADAMA BUTTERFLY: Humming Chorus
Gilbert & Sullivan - PIRATES OF PENZANCE: Finale - Act I

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

The Oratorio Society of Minnesota is an auditioned 90-voice choral ensemble based in the Twin Cities. Celebrating its 36th season, OSM challenges and delights its audiences through dynamic and diverse choral music performed with skill and passion. Society members are of all ages and from all walks of life and have considerable choral singing experience. The Society’s civic engagement and educational programs foster lifelong choral singing.

Artistic Director, Matthew Mehaffey begins his eighth season at the helm of the Oratorio Society of Minnesota. He is also Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, where he conducts the University Singers and Men's Chorus, and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Conducting and Literature and is a proud recipient of the Arthur “Red” Motley Exemplary Teaching Award. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Dr. Mehaffey holds degrees from Bucknell University (B.M.), Westminster Choir College (M.M.), and the University of Arizona (D.M.A).

Recent engagements include work with Washington National Opera, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Proms, VocalEssence, Minnesota Chorale, Singers in Accord, and Turner Network Television. He has lectured nationally and internationally on the topic of rehearsal technique and is a frequent guest conductor of festival choruses. He is the author of Choral Ensemble Intonation and the editor of Teaching Music Through Performance in Choir, both for GIA Publications. He recently co-authored (with colleague Kathy Romey) a chapter on American choral music for the internationally released, The Cambridge Companion to Choral Music.

Additionally, Dr. Mehaffey serves as Director of Music at Hamline United Methodist Church in St. Paul. He enjoys golf, baseball, and curling in his spare time. He lives with his wife Libby, daughters Veda, Colette and Summer, and their dog Bettis.



Oratorio Society

Venue Information

Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 S 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Ticketing Information

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Matthew Mehaffey
(612) 432-7398