Everyone knows of Minnesota’s prosperous music scene, but did you know that includes vocal groups as well? If you are looking for some uplifting chorus music, check out these upcoming vocal-driven performances.

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Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale
Mayo Civic Center Presentation Hall
30 Civic Center Drive
Rochester,  MN  55904
(507) 328-2222
www.rochestersymphony.orgDate: April 6 at 7:30 p.m.

The Rochester Symphony Orchestra consists of 70 professional musicians from Rochester and the surrounding area, including the Twin Cities, northern Iowa and western Wisconsin. Frequently performing with the 60-person volunteer chorale, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra is known for making beautiful music. Music director and conductor Jere Lantz has been with the orchestra for over three decades now. His unparalleled passion for music is an asset to the organization. Don’t miss the group’s upcoming performance on April 6, where the Rochester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale present “Homeland.”

It Gets Amazing!
Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus

Ted Mann Concert Hall
2128 4th St. S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
(612) 624-2345

Dates: April 5-6 at 8 p.m.

This award-winning chorus is known not only for its musical excellence, but also for its adventurous program selections. With more than 180 singing members, the Twin Cities Gay Men’s Chorus performs at various events annually. Don’t miss the group’s upcoming presentation of “It Gets Amazing!” This all-ages show focuses on the difficulties one experiences while growing up and feeling different from one’s peers. Act II of the performance features “Oliver Button is a Sissy,” the story of a boy who would rather sing and dance than play sports, a complementary example of the main theme of the performance.

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Divas & Desserts
Twin Cities Women’s Choir

St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church
3450 Irving Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 333-8292
www.wincitieswomenschoir.orgDates: May 10-11 at 7:30 p.m.

Founded in 1997, the Twin Cities Women’s Choir has been delivering a variety of uplifting musical performances ranging from classical to jazz and folk to sacred music. Help the Twin Cities Women’s Choir celebrate spring with the group’s upcoming performance, “Divas & Desserts.” In addition to uplifting songs that celebrate women’s strength and beauty, “Divas & Desserts” will feature a silent auction and delectable desserts.

Lullaby Concert
Twin Cities Youth Chorale

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
7217 W. Broadway Ave.
Brooklyn Park, MN 55428

Date: May 4 at 3 p.m.

The Twin Cities Youth Chorale is a nonprofit organization developed in 2008 that is dedicated to inspiring youth singers to pursue choral music through education and live performances. Each September, seven to 14-year-old girls and boys from all metro-area communities can audition for inclusion in the upcoming year’s chorale. As a chorale member, children will learn many important skills, both musically, culturally and socially. Don’t miss out on one of this year’s spectacular Twin Cities Youth Chorale performances, “Lullaby,” to witness the talents of area youths live.

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Awake the Voice
Minnesota Chorale

Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church
1900 Wellesley Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 455-2100
www.mnchorale.orgDate: April 6 at 7:30 p.m., April 7 at 3 p.m.

Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Chorale is one of the most highly ranked professional choruses in the United States. The Minnesota Chorale is know locally for regularly working with the Twin Cities’ two major orchestras, but also frequently work with a variety of community organizations. The group’s upcoming all-Bach program is not to be missed and will feature gems including Cantata 140, “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” (“Sleepers Awake”), and two virtuosic motets for double choir: BWV 225, “Singet dem Herrn” and BWV 226, “Der Geist hilft.” Don’t miss this uplifting performance as Bach is showcased live.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.