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Royal Melbourne Philharmonic: Across the Vast, Eternal Sky – The music of Ola Gjeilo

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

$25 – $55
Ola Gjeilo is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world. An accomplished pianist, improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of his collaborations. Although Norwegian by birth, it is perhaps Ola’s adopted country of America that has influenced the composer’s distinctive soundworld the most, evolving a style that is often described as cinematic and evocative, with a lush, harmonious sound.
Across the Vast, Eternal Sky celebrates the music of Ola Gjeilo. A combination of his best-loved choral, chamber, and solo piano works, this concert will take the listener on a meditative and uplifting journey throughout Gjeilo’s most celebrated compositions, which examine themes inspired by the emotional, spiritual and natural world. From the famed Northern Lights of the Arctic, to the sweeping Norwegian Tundra (for women’s voices), to the achingly beautiful The Ground (taken from the Sunrise Mass), and works such as Evening Prayer (with improvised soprano saxophone and piano), Ubi Caritas (with piano improvisation) and Ecce Novum Gjeilo’s music combines beautiful harmonies with a sense of space and movement of time with subtle cinematic and jazz influences.
Dark and Luminous Night (both for 8-part choir, string quartet and piano) provide two outstanding examples of Gjeilo’s ability to communicate directly with the listener’s emotions. Complementing his choral works will be several of his chamber instrumental works, including The Crossing, Reflections, and Home (for Piano and String Quartet).
Andrew Wailes,conductor
Peter de Jager, piano
Luke Carbon, saxophone
Gjeilo String Quartet
Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Choir
$25 Child (under 16)
$48 Concession
$35 Student


April 30
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
$25 – $55
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