Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble 2017 – 2018 Season


DMVAE: American Voices

Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 4:00 PM

Grace United Methodist Church, 3700 Cottage Grove Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
The Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble opens its 2017-2018 season with this program of all-American delights, including works by such contemporary American composing legends as Morten Lauridsen and Eric Whitacre. Also on the program are works by Minnesotan composers Dale Warland, Abbie Betinis, and Jake Runestad. Rounding out the program are exciting creations by numerous veteran American composers and the enticing newer voices of many others. Come enjoy the reverberating celebration of contemporary American choral music at Grace United Methodist Church in Des Moines!

DMVAE: Christmas With Vocal Arts

Sunday, December 17. 2017 – 4:00 PM

St. Augustin Catholic Church, 545 42nd St, Des Moines, Iowa
The Christmas season is filled with tradition. Make “Christmas with Vocal Arts” part of yours! The program will feature inspiring works, stunning masterpieces celebrating the season, and much-loved arrangements of traditional carols. This program promises to present the most beautiful collection of Christmas music you’ll hear during the holiday season. As a special treat, audience members will be the first to hear the world-premiere performance of a commissioned work utilizing the text “O magnum mysterium” by American composer, Andrea Ramsey. Be sure to give yourself the gift of experiencing this year’s “Christmas with Vocal Arts!”

DMVAE: At Our Waking and Our Sleeping

Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 4:00 PM

Location: TBA
Be sure to catch this program of exceptional choral literature exploring the seemingly dichotomous themes of waking and sleeping. To wake is to reject the embrace of sleep. Sometimes we long for the solace of the sleeping state while at others, we gladly forgo sleep to linger in the waking plane for as long as possible. The program will feature works spanning musical styles and eras from J.S. Bach to works that are brand new! The Ensemble is thrilled to present the world-premiere performance of a commissioned work on a text from Compline as it is found in The Book of Common Prayer. Audience members will have the opportunity to meet the composer of our new work, Timothy C. Takach.

DMVAE: Cabaret and Fundraiser

Saturday, April 28, 2018 – 7:30 PM

World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa
Join us for a grand party to celebrate DMVAE! Now in its 9th year, our cabaret performance always entertains and delights audiences. Be a part of the energy, excitement, and brilliance of the evening as members of the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble perform pieces on the lighter side! In addition to the outstanding musical entertainment during the evening, our guests enjoy libations, snacks, desserts, and a silent auction! Help us celebrate; join the party!