Spring Benefit Concerts 2008:

“Love is in the Air! (…and so is Pollen… and MUSIC!)”

“What’s in a name? That which we call a concert
By any other name would sound as sweet.”

— William Shakespeare (more or less)

We may have left the “rose” out of that quote, but we’re giving it plenty of play at our Spring Benefit Concerts! Roses, daffodils, daisies… and love — lots of love! God's love for us, our love for God, and (of course) the oldest story in the world: Shepherd meets Shepherdess, Shepherd gets Shepherdess, Shepherd loses Shepherdess…

Seriously, though, we’ll be singing the music of English and American composers: Benjamin Britten, Gustav Holst, William Billings, P.D.Q. Bach, John Rutter, our own Daniel Pederson, and more… Jazz, madrigals, and (inevitably) jazz madrigals — all set to lovely texts by poets as diverse as Gerard Manley Hopkins, Peter Schickele, King David, and (naturally) William Shakespeare.

For our 2007-08 season, we’ve partnered with Feed My Starving Children, an amazing, locally-based charity whose volunteers pack nutritious meals that are distributed to malnourished children worldwide.

Come and celebrate spring with us — and help feed hungry children across the globe!

Concert Dates and Locations

Thursday, May 1 @ 7 pm
St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish
8701 36th Ave N
New Hope
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Friday, May 2 @ 7:30 pm
St. Anthony Park United Methodist Church
2200 Hillside Ave
St. Paul
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Saturday, May 10 @ 7 pm
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church
4120 17th Ave S
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Sunday, May 11 @ 4 pm
Macalester Plymouth United Church
1658 Lincoln Ave
St. Paul
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All concerts are free and open to the public.
A free-will offering will be held at each concert, with proceeds benefiting
Feed My Starving Children. For more information, visit our “Charity” page.

Concert Repertoire

Arise, My Love, My Fair One ..... Gerald Near
Come Away to the Skies ..... arr. Richard Erickson
O Praise the Lord of Heaven ..... William Billings
I am the Rose of Sharon ..... William Billings
A Rose Touched by the Sun’s Warm Rays ..... Jean Berger
in time of daffodils ..... David C. Dickau
Virtue (from Spiritual Songs) ..... Kenneth Jennings
selections from Ad majorem Dei gloriam ..... Benjamin Britten
1. Prayer I
2. Rosa Mystica
5. O Deus, ego amo te
7. Heaven-Haven
Sweet and Twenty ..... Daniel Pederson
My sweetheart’s like Venus ..... Gustav Holst
Now is the month ..... Thomas Morley
My Bonny Lass She Smileth ..... Thomas Morley
Faire Phyllis ..... John Farmer
Come, Clap Thy Hands ..... Thomas Weelkes
My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth ..... P.D.Q. Bach / Peter Schickele
selections from Four Curmudgeonly Canons ..... P.D.Q. Bach / Peter Schickele
1. Winter’s Over
2. Spring Is Gone
selections from Birthday Madrigals ..... John Rutter
4. My true love hath my heart
1. It was a lover and his lass


Attendees of our previous concerts have had this to say:

  • “Your harmonies were right on.”

  • “What delightful and fresh music.”

  • “The readings were so thought-provoking and reflective.”

  • “What a great way to welcome in Advent!”

Past Concerts

To view information about our Christmas 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Spring 2007 concerts, click here.

To view information about our Advent 2006 concerts, click here.

Song Samples

Click any of the links below to hear brief samples of InVocation in performance.

Comfort, Comfort [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... arr. John Ferguson
Conditor alme siderum [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Tomás Luis de Victoria
What Sweeter Music [ MP3 audio clip ] ..... Mark G. Sirett

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