Eagan grad debuts choral works
The Minnesota Valley Men’s and Women’s Chorales will premiere two pieces composed by Eagan graduate Jason Hansen this week.
The commissioned choral works will debut in two spots on two nights:
• 7:30 p.m. Friday at Grace Lutheran Church, 7800 W. 150th St., Apple Valley, and
• 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Lakeville North High School, 19600 Ipava Av.
Tickets for each are $10.
The piece called “Look To This Day” is performed by the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale, and “Listen To The Children” features the Men’s Chorale, the Minnesota Valley Women’s Chorale, and children from Prima Voce and Angelica Cantani youth choirs.
Hansen is a 2005 graduate of Eagan High School who now lives in St. Paul. He is youth music director for Easter Lutheran Church, Eagan, and has conducted for the Eagan Summer Theater.
Lyrics for “Listen To The Children” are by Larry Sagen, brother of Women’s Chorale director and retired Eastview Concert Choir director Judy Sagen.
For more on the Minnesota Valley Men’s Chorale: www.mvmcsings.org. More on composer Hansen is at www.jason hansen.com.
South Metro Chorale to perform oratorio
The South Metro Chorale presents “Haydn: The Creation,” directed by Russell Adrian, at two performances in early May.
The oratorio, written between 1796 and 1798 by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, depicts the creation of the world as described in the Book of Genesis and in John Milton’s “Paradise Lost.” “SMC is excited and proud to share this masterwork with our patrons,” the chorale said in a written statement.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at Glendale United Methodist Church, 13550 Glendale Road, Savage, and 3 p.m. May 4 at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 7450 Penn Av. S., Richfield. Tickets, $10 for general admission or $8 for students and seniors, are available at www.southmetrochorale.org or at the door.
Carleton celebrates Shakespeare’s 450th
Carleton College is throwing a birthday part for the Bard, with performances, displays and refreshments in honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The event is 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in Room 172 of the Weitz Center for Creativity. The celebration is free and open to the public.