Twin Cities Live Music
The Minnetonka Choral Society, founded in 1969, is dedicated to enriching the lives of our members and the community through great choral music performance. We love to sing! And we love nothing more than singing to a full audience.
Our Music Director Jere Lantz selects our music especially for us. The music ranges from old masters such as Gabrieli, Mozart and Haydn Masses and Brahms' Ein Deutches Requiem to more contemporary compositions such as Vaughan Williams' Hodie and Copland's In The Beginning, to works by modern composers or arrangers such as John Rutter, Dominick Argento, Stephen Paulus and Jeffrey Van.
The Minnetonka Choral Society, MCS, is a volunteer concert choir that performs two concerts per year. Our choir is 80 members strong. When we sing, it can be joyously loud accompanied by a full orchestra, or deliciously soft with harp or a cappella. If you enjoy live music, and live in the Twin Cities area, we would welcome your presence at one of our Twin Cities live choir concerts.
Imagine a Christmas carol with a text written around the year 400 with music added around 900, published in 1582, translated from Latin to English in 1852 and arranged for modern choir in 1963. That’s the lovely “Of the Father’s Heart Begotten,” the opening of our holiday musical celebration.
We explore the magical stories behind old favorites like “Silent Night,” “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “Joy to the World,” plus more recent treasures: “Sleigh Ride,” “Chestnuts Roasting” and Home Alone’s “Somewhere in My Memory” and many more. Have you heard the original 1857 version of “Jingle Bells” (then called “The One-Horse Open Sleigh”)? We’ve unearthed it for you.
“Carols Across the Centuries”: you’ll love the music; you’ll never forget the stories.
Auditions are being scheduled for the evenings of Tuesday, August 19, September 16 and September 23. Rehearsals for our fall season begin on September 16, with a concert on December 14; looking ahead, our spring concert will take place on April 12, 2015.
It has become a tradition for MCS members to have the option to also perform in December in a free concert at the MN Landscape Arboretum in the beautifully decorated Visitor Center (date to be announced).
MCS rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. and are held in Hopkins. Maestro Jere Lantz is planning a concert season of rewarding choral music, including a spring performance with orchestra. Please visit the About Us page, then take a peek at the Join Us page for more information. You can also get in contact with our membership coordinator.
Minnetonka Choral Society
If you would like to join us, support our non-profit organization or buy concert tickets, please call 952-476-1922 or contact MCS. We look forward to sharing beautiful music with you!
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