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“Phillip’s Favorites” with Phillip Brunelle

With special guest Maria Jette
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Phillip’s Favorites Feat. Phillip Brunelle and Maria Jette

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Philip Brunelle

Philip Brunelle is a globally-recognized conductor, choral director, organist and musical entrepreneur based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At age six, he requested and received a vocal score of Handel’s Messiah for Christmas. As a teenager he was already working as a professional church organist; at 19 he became the youngest member of the Minnesota Orchestra. He was Music Director of the Minnesota Opera for 17 years.

Philip believes listeners and musicians alike must experience music of many genres and styles. He has worked enthusiastically—and tirelessly—to expand audiences for rarely heard works of the past and vocal, choral, operatic and orchestral music of the present.

Since 1969 he has served as organist and choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church. In that same year, he founded VocalEssence and remains its artistic director today. He currently serves on the boards of Chorus America and the International Federation for Choral Music. He was the Executive Director for the 2014 World Choral Symposium held in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. audiences recognize Philip through frequent appearances on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, beginning with the very first show in 1974. He also appears with Garrison Keillor at the invitation of orchestras around the world.

Philip conducts across the United States, South America and Europe, including with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berkshire Choral Festival, the BBC Singers, the Hollywood Bowl and the Seattle Symphony. He is often called upon to adjudicate choral competitions all over the world, with recent visits to South Korea, China, Norway, Togo and Hungary.

He is an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) and is a Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit; has received the Kodaly Medal (Hungary), the Royal Order of the Polar Star (Sweden), the Ohti Recognition Award from the government of Mexico, and the Michael Korn Founder's Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art (Chorus America's highest lifetime achievement award). He holds honorary doctorates from St. Olaf College, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. John's University, United Theological Seminary and the University of Minnesota.

Philip's choral editions and opera orchestrations are published by G. Schirmer, Theodore Presser, Walton Music, Editions Salabert (Paris, France), and Boosey & Hawkes.

Maria Jette

Soprano Maria Jette's orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There, she's often heard with VocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club and Lyra Baroque Orchestra.

A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, the Maverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, shes often heard nationally on Garrison Keillors A Prairie Home Companion.

Maria is an ecumenical recitalist: her programs range from songs of Grieg or Fauré through Edwardian parlor music and Latin American chamber music, liberally interspersed with Tin Pan Alley and the Great American Songbook. Shes performed her own productions of Seuss/Kapilows Green Eggs & Ham and Gertrude McFuzz for over 50,000 kids throughout the country, with pit bands, symphony orchestras, and even just piano and train whistle!

Recent activities include Prairie Home Companions last two cruises: 2013s Mediterranean, and last 2014s Baltic capitals; Vivaldi cantatas and neglected Swedish music with the new Minnesota Vivaldi Festival (co-founded with harpsichordist Henry Lebedinsky); the US premiere of Jonathan Doves There Was a Child with VocalEssence; and music for Mothers Day with The New Standards for The Schubert Club & Music in the Park. This season, shes sung songs of Edvard Grieg with pianist Sonja Thompson for both The Edvard Grieg Society in Minneapolis and the Grand Forks Symphony. In October, she sings the long-delayed premiere of Dominick Argentos Ode to the West Wind (1957) with The Metropolitan Symphony; Strauss Four Last Songs with the Minneapolis Civic Orchestra; and in November, repeats Augusts performance of Rachmaninoffs Six Romances op 38 and her own new singing translation of Shostakovichs Satires, in a benefit for Alexandrias The Festival of the Lakes (at Plymouth Congregational Church). She returns to Indianapolis for her second set of Holiday Pops with the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, where she will also sing Messiah with that excellent chorus and the Indianapolis Symphony.

For more information-- including her two recordings with pianist Dan Chouinard--2011s In Our Little Paradise: Lyrics of PG Wodehouse, and the brand new The Sirens Song: Wodehouse and Kern on Broadway-- please visit www. mariajette.com.

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