News &  Events:

Benefit Reading

Raison d’Être Opéra presents
The Village Singer 

Music by Stephen Paulus, Libretto by Michael Dennis Browne

Saturday, November 18
3 pm

Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church
Minneapolis MN


Words that Sing: A red-carpet film release celebration and fundraiser

Friday, October 13, 2023
6 – 9pm
Capri Theater
2027 W Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411

Filmmaker Barbara Wiener’s documentary recording of CorVoce’s tribute to the lyrics of Michael Dennis Browne will be presented at this gala affair/fundraiser. Whether you attended the live concert in April or not, this event is not to be missed! Light hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, Wall of Wine and more!

$25 when you register in advance
$30 at the door

> register now


Stephen Paulus’s The Road Home
King’s College Choir

Librettist Michael Dennis Browne talks about working with the composer Stephen Paulus on The Road Home. American composer Paulus, who passed away in 2014, co-founded the Minnesota Composers Forum, now known as the American Composers Forum, and won posthumous Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Compendium. The Road Home has been performed by King’s College Choir on its two most recent tours to the USA, and has become a favorite for the performers and audience members alike.

News & Events Archive

  • Words that Sing: A red-carpet film release celebration and fundraiser, October 2023
  • Build Me a Boat virtual reading, November 2020
  • Considering Matthew Shepard performed at Hult Center for the Performing Arts, U of Oregon. May 2019

  • American Hymn and Spirituals performed in Tacoma, Seattle, and Medina, WA. MDB guest artist with Choral Arts Northwest. May 2019

  • To Be Certain of the Dawn performed at the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, Elkin Park, PA. Singing City, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Boys’ Choir. May 2019
  • Considering Matthew Shepard performed at New York Society for Ethical Culture Concert Hall, New York, NY. April 2019

  • Considering Matthew Shepard performed at NorShor Theater, Duluth, MN, TwinPorts Choral Project. February 2020.

  • Considering Matthew Shepard performed at City Recital Hall, in Sydney, Australia by Sydney Philharmonic Choirs, VOX Choir. February 2020.

  • MDB was part of the Aging and Becoming Workshop December 2019 Wisdom Ways Center, St Paul, MN.

  • To Be Certain of the Dawn, post-Holocaust oratorio, music by Stephen Paulus, words by MDB, performed at the Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota. November 2019.

  • MDB was part of the “Dark Though It Is”: poetry reading at the Benedictine Center, St Paul, MN. October 2019.

  • Considering Matthew Shepard with Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare was performed at the Ravinia Festival, Chicago. September 2019.

  • MDB participated in a panel discussing setting words to music at SourceSong Festival, Minneapolis, MN. August 2019

  • On Friday October 26, Matthew Shepard’s ashes were interred at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C; Conspirare performed during the ceremony and give a concert afterwards, and they have invited MDB to be there.

  • Recent performances by Conspirare at which Michael Dennis Browne gave either pre-concert remarks or took part in post-concert discussion: Lincoln, Los Angeles, Laramie, Fort Collins.

  • Considering Matthew Shepard, a documentary produced by KLRU in Austin, is now being shown on PBS stations all over. See it here.

  • “The Call,” a concert on the University of Minnesota campus on Sunday October 28, concluded with”North Star Song,” which MDB wrote for the occasion. The music is by Ryland Angel and Malcolm Archer.

  • MDB was a part of Dare to Hope: Music and Poetry for Uncertain Times, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church. March 2018.

  • MDB participated in pre-concert remarks at Considering Matthew Shepardperformed by Craig Hella Johnson and Conspirare, Lied Center for the Performing Arts, February 25, Lincoln, NE.

  • MDB appeared in Twentieth anniversary concert performances of The Three Hermits. November 2017.

  • MDB released Chimes: Selected Shorter Poems, Nodin Press. November 2017

  • MDB appeared at Poets and Writers and Musicians Against the War on the Earth. June 2017, Saint Joan of Arc Church.

  • See Michael Dennis Browne in the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Minneapolis poet’s song to be performed at Trump’s inauguration — but he’s not a supporter” Watch video/read story here.

  • MDB participated in Considering Matthew Shepard performance at Symphony Hall, Boston. February 2017. (Performance taped for Austin City Limits Live.)

  • Michael Dennis Browne was featured on The Mary Hanson Show, Monday October 3, conversation, TPS.

  • MDB taught “Believing in Writing: Poetry, Prose and Prayer: a writing workshop” at the Collegeville Institute, St John’s University.

  • MDB was a featured guest with Saint Paul Vocal Forum’s “Sing Love, Be Love,” April/May 2016.

  • MDB was featured at 6th Pankake Poetry event at the University of Minnesota in April. He read from his new book, The Voices, and the afternoon featured a musical performance by Kathy Saltzman Romey and the University Singers, the flagship choral ensemble of the University of Minnesota. See a video of the event here.

  • Read Michael Dennis Browne’s remarks from the memorial service for Stephen Paulus. November 2014. Click here to read his remarks.

  • MDB has new poems in online magazines Sleet Magazine and Tinderbox Poetry Journal.