Exultate openings

September 13 – There are still openings in the Exultate Choir for this next season which starts in September, 2016. If you are interested, please go to the Auditions page to find out more information. (Use the link in the heading at the top of this page.)

New recording of the Mozart Requiem now available!

Exultate’s new recording of the Mozart Requiem is now available in our online store. Performed by Exultate’s March 2015 Festival Choir and Orchestra, this final masterpiece of Mozart’s life is music that will move your soul!

New digital single now available!

Exultate is pleased to announce the release of its second digital single, In the Bleak Midwinter. This poignant arrangement for choir and orchestra was created by local composer, Mark Shepperd. For more information, visit our online store.

Be sure to visit the Exultate Blog!

Last fall Exultate started a blog to help you get to know some of our members and get the inside scoop on what it is like to be part of Exultate. See the Exultate Blog in the “About” section of our website to learn more about some of the members of the group!

Exultate Features the Art of He Qi

Exultate, at its performances of the Bach St. John Passion in March of 2014, featured the art work of Chinese artist, He Qi. His is a fascinating story.

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Dr. He Qi was among the many people sent to the countryside during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. As a young man, he escaped hard labor by painting pictures of chairman Mao Zedong. During those years, he once found a copy of Renaissance artist Raphael’s Madonna and Child in a magazine, and was so moved by it, that he began to paint copies of it at night.

He Qi earned a doctorate in religious art from Nanjing Art Institute, having studied medieval art in Hamburg, Germany. He was a professor of Christian Art at Nanjing Theological Seminary before moving to St. Paul, Minnesota in 2004. He is a member of the Chinese Art Association, and a council member of the ACAA (Asia Christian Art Association). His work has been seen in many international journals and media outlets, and he has exhibited in Asia, Europe and the United States. His wife is a musician, and his son is a student at Augsburg College in St. Paul.

GethsemaneSmOne can better understand the art of He Qi when it is seen as a reinterpretation of sacred art within an ancient Chinese art idiom. Chinese religious art, being an expression of Buddhism, was historically typified as a tranquil and utopian portrayal of nature, often painted with black ink and water. He Qi is especially influenced by the simple and beautiful artwork of the people in rural China. Within that framework, he seeks to redefine the relationship between people and spirituality with bold colors, embellished shapes and thick strokes. His work is a blend of Chinese folk art and traditional painting technique with the iconography of the Western Middle Ages and Modern Art.

For more information on He Qi, visit He Qi Gallery