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Arrowhead Chorale operating support is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage funds; by The Depot Foundation, in support of arts and culture; and by the COVID-19 Northeast Minnesota Response Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.

Concert Postponement

In order to keep our community members healthy and safe, our March 2020 Concert: Messiah: An American Oratorio dedicated to the victims of torture in the 21st Century was postponed for a later date. We are looking forward to sharing this performance with you, and will announce an update as soon as the new concert date is known. Thank you.



This concert will feature the world premiere of Messiah: An American Oratorio dedicated to the victims of torture in the 21st Century, by Severin Behnen. The work uses the same text as Handel’s, with the addition of a few alternative translations of the biblical scriptures as well as the pieces unfolding in a more systematically diverse way. This large-scale oratorio is influenced by and based on the concept and libretto of Handel’s immortal work, while incorporating a fusion of American musical styles including jazz, blues, and gospel, as well as modernistic sounds. Joined by soloists and full orchestra, this promises to be a significant and memorable event.

Composer Severin Behnen
Severin Behnen, Composer



Rachel Inselman
Rachel Inselman, soprano
Marcus McConico
Marcus McConico, tenor


Katheryn Hamm
Katheryn Hamm, mezzo soprano
Mark Hakes
Mark Hakes, baritone