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Brave Souls & Dreamers


One Voice Mixed Chorus—Minnesota's gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender (GLBT) and straight allies chorus—opens its 2011-2012 season with Brave Souls & Dreamers. This inspirational concert celebrates the lives of visionary leaders who have challenged prejudice and violence: Harvey Milk, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, Judy Shepard and more. Featuring music by Bob Dylan, Holly Near, and Stephen Sondheim, plus the premiere of Brave Souls & Dreamers,arranged especially for One Voice and inspired by the words of peacemakers from around the globe! 

A particular highlight is the mixed-chorus premiere of Brave Souls & Dreamers. This ten-movement work is inspired by the words of Gandhi, Jesus, Mother Teresa, Isaiah, Jimmy Carter, Confucius, Buddha, and the Qur’an and was composed “in response to current raging wars.” It was commissioned by the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus in 2007 and composed by Robert Seeley with text by his partner, Robert Espindola. One Voice has commissioned the composer to re-cast the work for SATB (mixed) chorus for a premiere here in the Twin Cities. The powerful 43-minute multi-movement piece is scored for chorus, instrumental ensemble, and four soloists including voices of the Mother, Sage and two soldiers. The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus was recently invited to perform Brave Souls & Dreamers at St. John the Divine in New York City as part of the 10th anniversary commemoration of 9/11.

Download Brave Souls & Dreamers lyrics here (PDF

November 18, 2011 7:30 pm
Brave Souls & Dreamers (View concert program)
in collaboration with Duluth United for All Families
Pilgrim Congregational Church
2310 East 4th Street, Duluth
Tickets through MnUnited/Duluth ticket purchase 

December 7, 2011
Brave Souls & Dreamers: A Conversation on Pearl Harbor Day
A sneak preview of our fall music and a community discussion
of alternative responses to violence.
Unity Church–Unitarian
732 Holly Ave., St. Paul
FREE event!

January 9, 2011  7:30 pm
Brave Souls & Dreamers
A concert in collaboration with the 
St. Francis High School Concert Choir
Carlson Foley Performing Arts Center
3325 Bridge Street, St. Francis, MN 
FREE event!

January 21, 2012  7:30 pm
January 22, 2012  3:30 pm

Brave Souls & Dreamers
Hopkins High School Auditoriums
2400 Lindbergh Dr, Minnetonka


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