By: Ashley Smith
When The Winnipeg Singers reached out to Norwegian born Ola Gjeilo, the 40-year-old internationally acclaimed choral composer, it was to their delight he agreed without hesitation to join the choir in Winnipeg when they perform his works on May 11, 2019.
Gjeilo’s evocative melodies such as Ubi caritas, Northern Lights and the Sunrise Mass, have enchanted audiences around the world. Along with his compositions, his talent for playing piano improvisations over his compositions have won the hearts of the artistic community.
“I am very excited to have this wonderful opportunity to work with such an influential composer as Ola Gjeilo.” says Yuri Klaz, Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Singers, “You can find recordings of his works online but there is nothing better than hearing them in a live performance. This concert is an amazing opportunity for the audience to experience in person this remarkable composer and pianist.”
For this rare event, Gjeilo (pronounced “yay-lo”) has crafted a stellar programme that is a curated balance of a cappella music and compositions for choir, piano and strings. What makes this concert unique is having the composer improvising and performing with the choir.
Klaz adds, “We may learn a piece of music and have our own ideas about it, but we are so fortunate to have the opportunity to collaborate with the composer before the performance here in Winnipeg.”
The Winnipeg Singers are proud to announce Northern Lights: The Music of Ola Gjeilo, a once-in-a-lifetime performance, with the Winnipeg Singers and the Luminous String Quartet. The concert will be one night only, Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at Westminster United Church, 745 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.
For tickets, please visit www.winnipegsingers.com/tickets.