Episode 25 - VocalEssence and Plymouth Church’s 55th Seasons 

Philip loves jokes and puns. So let’s start there as a prelude to describing the 55th seasons at both VocalEssence and Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis. Turns out various choir members have given Philip books of jokes and riddles, along with many other trinkets over the decades so we discussed that tradition.

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Then we worked through the many highlights of VocalEssence’s 55th season, noting numerous new choral commissions, various collaborations, the challenge of selecting just 90 minutes of “favorites” from 55 years of curating and commissioning, and the return (in March) of Melanie DeMore—listen to Philip’s interview with Melanie from episode 09 here.

The second half of this episode focuses on the diverse repertoire selected for Plymouth from September to June, again highlighting lots of new commissions. The episode ends with a 2010 VocalEssence recording of the American folks song “Oh Dear! What Can the Matter Be” arranged by Norman Luboff.