Buffalo, NY – Vocális Chamber Choir welcomes Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo to Buffalo for its final concert of this season, Sunday, June 7, 4pm, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., Buffalo.
The Music of Ola Gjeilo will feature selections from his choral repertoire performed by Vocális, students from the Hamburg High School Concert Chorale, directed by Norm Zogaib, and a string quartet led by violinist David Colwell from the SUNY Fredonia faculty.
“We are honored to welcome Ola Gjeilo to Buffalo to be part of this special performance,” says James Burritt, Vocalis director. “Gjeilo’s choral work is an interesting addition to our repertoire. It’s always a thrill to meet a composer and hear his perspective about his work and its interpretation.”
Gjeilo will also be in residence at Hamburg High School prior to the performance to work with student musicians from the school and Immaculata Academy and Lewiston-Porter High School. This program is funded in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; administered by the Arts Service Initiative of Western New York. Additional funding is provided by the Hamburg Music Festival.
Gjeilo’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured on Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album, which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. Gjeilo moved to the US in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School of Music. Presently a full-time composer based in New York City, he is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music.
Admission to the concert is $15 for adults and $10 for students: doors open one half hour before the performance.
Vocalis Chamber Choir is supported in part with cultural funding from the 2015 adopted Erie County Budget, Mark C. Poloncarz, County Executive.
For more information visit www.Vocálischamberchoir.org.
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Vocális Chamber Choir, a select ensemble of dedicated professionals based in Western New York, is committed to performing great
a cappella music of all eras, and to cultivating an awareness of the art of choral singing. Founded in 2002 by James Burritt, Vocális performances inspire, educate, and enlighten audiences through an intimate and moving concert experience.
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