Organ Recital and Hymn Sing: PHILIP BRUNELLE,
with reception following.
KING DAVID by Arthur Honegger: Plymouth Choir,
St. Mark’s Cathedral Choir, soloists, orchestra and
actors combine for a special production.
Piano Recital: ANGELA HEWITT
A great treat to hear this international artist
in an all-Bach concert!
Organ Recital: DANIEL ROTH
Known for his thrilling improvisations,
he is titular (head) organist at St. Sulpice in Paris.
Recital by Plymouth Soloists: MARIA JETTE and
JENNY FRENCH, sopranos; LISA DREW, alto; DAN
DRESSEN, tenor; and JAMES BOHN, bass. Piano
accompaniment: PHILIP BRUNELLE and SONJA
Sunday Service: Debut of hymn commissioned in honor
of Philip Brunelle, text by JAMES GERTMENIAN,
music by DAVID EVAN THOMAS. Followed by a
celebration of Philip and his 50 years at Plymouth with
friends, colleagues and the congregation.
In 2018–2019, Philip Brunelle celebrates his 50th year as Organist-Choirmaster at Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis. His organ studies were with Arthur B. Jennings, his predecessor at Plymouth Church.
Philip was organist, pianist and percussionist with the Minnesota Orchestra 1964–1969 and artistic director and conductor of Minnesota Opera 1970–1987; he continues (since 1969) as founder and artistic director of the choral group VocalEssence. He has conducted symphonies (New York Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Royal Swedish Opera Orchestra, among others), as well as choral festivals and operas, on six continents.
He served on the National Council of the American Guild of Organists 1986–1992 and was program chair for the Twin Cities 2008 national convention of the AGO. Philip was also executive director for the 2002 World Choral Symposium in Minneapolis and served on the International Federation for Choral Music (IFCM) board 2003–2017. He was on the Chorus America Board for 18 years and served 12 years on St. Olaf College’s Board of Regents. Philip is editor of two choral series for the British classical music publisher Boosey & Hawkes and chairs the review committee at Walton Music.
Philip has received the Weston H. Noble Lifetime Achievement Award given by the North Central American Choral Directors Association; the F. Melius Christiansen Lifetime Achievement Award, ACDA (Minnesota’s highest honor); and the Michael Korn Founder’s Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art—Chorus America’s highest lifetime achievement award. He holds five honorary doctorates (St. Olaf College, Gustavus Adolphus College, St. John’s University, United Theological Seminary and the University of Minnesota) and has been recognized for his commitment to choral music by Norway (Commander of the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit), the United Kingdom (Order of the British Empire), Hungary (Kodály Medal), Sweden (Royal Order of the Polar Star) and Mexico (Ohtli Recognition Award).
9:45 am Chapel Service
10:30 am Sanctuary Service
Coffee Hour After Each Service
1900 Nicollet Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403