Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble 2017 – 2018 Season

This season is dedicated in part to celebrating and presenting the choral music of American composers. The Ensemble’s opening concert, “American Voices,” will feature works by contemporary American composers setting brilliant poetry from around the world. Both our December and April concerts offer the exciting opportunity to present world-premiere performances of brand new works commissioned by and for the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble. Each of these concerts will include a “meet-the-composer” session prior to the performance to allow audience members to interact with the composers and hear their musical insights. We look forward to meeting two of today’s sought-after choral composers – Andrea Ramsey and Timothy C. Takach. The season will close with our annual Cabaret Fundraiser Event, featuring members of the Des Moines Vocal Arts Ensemble in solo performances from American Musical Theater performed in the elegant surroundings of the World Food Prize building. We hope to see you all season long!

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

A Celebration of Dr. McMillin’s 10th Anniversary Season with DMVAE
Sunday, December 17. 2017 – 4:00 PM
Meet the Composer pre-concert talk at 3:15: Andrea Ramsey

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
Meet the Composer pre-concert talk at 3:15: Timothy C. Takach

Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave, Des Moines, Iowa
Purchase tickets now: Adult $18, Student $5
At the Door: $20 Adult, $5 Student

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
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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!