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Milwaukee Choral Artists

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Celebrating its fifteenth season, the Milwaukee Choral Artists is Wisconsin's premiere professional choral ensemble, and one of only a handful of professional women’s choral ensembles in the country. With its signature lush sound, MCA brings a distinctive repertory of choral and vocal masterworks— including well-known pieces, new music, seldom-performed works, and music of diverse cultures and historical periods—to concert audiences throughout the region. In 2011, MCA was named a 2011 finalist in the AMERICAN PRIZE Professional Choral Division, and received of a special citation from the AMERICAN PRIZE for Unique Choral Programming for its CD, SKY-BORN Music.

Regularly hailed for its imaginative programming, the group firmly established itself in the mainstream of professional music making both within and beyond Milwaukee. Milwaukee Choral Artists enjoys regular appearances with Present Music, Milwaukee’s internationally acclaimed contemporary music ensemble. In December 2007, Tom Strini, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel’s Music Critic, named the Milwaukee Choral Artists—Present Music collaborative performance of Olivier Messiaen's "Trois Petites Liturgies" (with MCA's Sharon Hansen conducting) the #1 Performing Arts Event of the Year. In 2006, Milwaukee Choral Artists joined Present Music in the world premiere of Kamran Ince’s “Hammers and Whistlers.” Under Hansen’s baton the two ensembles also presented the 2005 world premiere of Daron Hagen’s “Flight Music,” a six-movement work with text by Amelia Earhart.

Equally well versed in early music, the Milwaukee Choral Artists has performed (including its upcoming December 2012 concert) on three different occasions with the internationally acclaimed The Boston Camerata, presented by Early Music Now, the Midwest's renowned early music presenting organization. In 2009, MCA was heard on the Early Music Now stage in a collaborative concert with San Francisco’s professional female vocal ensemble KITKA. MCA has also performed as part of the Fine Arts Concert Series at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist (Milwaukee) and St. James Cathedral (Chicago); at the national convention of Catholic Cathedral Musicians; at the National Convention of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians; and in state and regional conventions of the American Choral Directors’ Association.

MCA has recorded two CDs. It’s first, “Music for the Whole People of God,” comprises a live 2009 performance for the National Conference of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Its latest is the professionally produced CD “SKY-BORN Music, 10th Anniversary Commissions and World Premieres” on the Clarion label, featuring commissioned works composed specifically for the Milwaukee Choral Artists in celebration of its distinguished history.
The Milwaukee Choral Artists performs three regular season concerts each year at historic venues throughout the Milwaukee area. Committed to presenting music from diverse cultures, the ensemble has performed music in twenty-nine languages from more than forty world cultures since its inception.