Thanks to all who ventured out to Harmony in the Park® on June 7! It was a beautiful evening for an outdoor choral concert by One Voice Mixed Chorus, Minnesota Boychoir, and VocalEssence at Minnehaha Park, where 2,000 music lovers of all ages came to listen, joining the combined ensembles in Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" at the end. And it didn’t rain!
Hosted by Alison Young, the lineup included One Voice Mixed Chorus, the Minnesota Boychoir and VocalEssence.
The choirs are listed in order of performance.
One Voice Mixed Chorus
For over 24 years One Voice Mixed Chorus has united gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and straight allies in working for social change. One Voice is known for musical excellence, diverse repertoire, humor and a strong commitment to community outreach.
The Minnesota Boychoir challenges boys and young men from many backgrounds to the highest standards of choral music, nurtures the development of exceptional character, and inspires and benefits the community.
VocalEssence is renowned for its innovative exploration of music for voices and instruments under the enthusiastic direction of Artistic Director and Founder Philip Brunelle. The organization presents an eclectic series of concerts featuring the 130-voice VocalEssence Chorus, the 32-voice professional Ensemble Singers and guest soloists.
Minnehaha Park is located at the intersection of Hiawatha Avenue and Minnehaha Parkway, on the banks of the Mississippi in Minneapolis. The park is just across the river from the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul.
Parking is limited to parking meters or designated parking lots, and a parking fee applies. The Hiawatha Light Rail Line trains stop at 50th Street/Minnehaha Park, a short walk from the park.
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