Voce welcomes world-renowned composer Ola Gjeilo to join us in our first concert of the 2015-2016 season!
Mark your calendars! Voce and Ola Gjeilo will present a concert on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at 7:30pm at Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, CT.
Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City.
Ola’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. All three albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc.
A full-time concert music composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music.
Joining Voce in this exciting event are the top choruses from West Hartford's Conard High School and Simsbury High School. There will also be a workshop held with Ola Gjeilo on Saturday afternoon.
We are honored to have received feedback from Composer David Ludwig, named one of theTop 100 Composers Under Forty by NPR Music. Voce performed Ludwig's, "Ladino Songs" at our Immortal Bach concert in February 2014. When Ludwig heard the recording his response was,
The Voce ensemble is one of the great choruses I've heard perform my music - in the US or abroad. They are equally at home with traditional works as they are with pieces still set in fresh ink, and their unique sound is truly something to hear. As a composer of choral music, I can't emphasize enough how valuable a group like Voce is to people who care about the choral repertoire as well as those ready to be exposed to it for the first time. I could listen to their glorious voices all day!
Thanks David, we are honored.
What other people have been saying about Voce....
If you missed this concert you missed a life experience. I laughed , I cried , I was so moved on so many levels . A special thank you to all the performers. What a great night. - James
The incredible sound, musicianship and artistry are still in my mind and soul. gorgeous and incredible. Thank you all -Pam
You guys sound great! Perfect balance and rich sound! -Josh
Your sound is stunning. Every time I hear you, I am awed! -Donna