Albany Pro Musica presents Across the Vast, Eternal Sky – The Music of Ola Gjeilo with the American String Quartet

TROY, NEW YORK     Albany Pro Musica starts its 37th Season with an inspiring and evocative performance featuring the works of APM’s newest Composer-In-Residence, Ola Gjeilo, and the internationally acclaimed American String Quartet.

Albany Pro Musica Artist Series presents

Across the Vast, Eternal Sky

The music of Ola Gjeilo with the American String Quartet

at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second Street, Troy NY

Sunday, October 29, 2017, 3 PM,  Tickets:  $35, $25, Students: $15

The Artist Series opens Albany Pro Musica’s 37th season with an evocative concert featuring the music of APM’s Composer-In-Residence, Ola Gjeilo.  Titles that launched his international fame, such as “Ubi Caritas,” “Dark Night of the Soul,” and “Across the Vast Eternal Sky” are part of this inspiring program.  The American String Quartet will join Gjeilo on the piano after performing one of their signature masterworks:  Beethoven String Quartet Op. 95 in F Minor, Serioso.

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Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) is one of the most frequently performed composers in the choral world and Albany Pro Musica is thrilled to have him as Composer-In-Residence now through their 2019-2020 season.  An accomplished pianist, his improvisations over his own published choral pieces have become a trademark of his collaborations across the world. Although Norwegian by birth, it is perhaps Ola’s adopted country of America that has influenced the composer’s distinctive sound the most, evolving a style that is both contemporary and familiar; thick harmonies and rich textures recall film score – music that forms a major part of the composer’s inspiration. Ola grew up in a musically eclectic home listening to classical, jazz, pop and folk, a broad background he later incorporated into his classical composition studies at The Juilliard School, and the Royal College of Music, London, and currently as a New York City-based full-time composer. He is especially inspired by the improvisational art of film composer Thomas Newman, jazz legends Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny, glass artist Dale Chihuly and architect Frank Gehry. Ola’s music is often described as cinematic and evocative, with a lush, harmonious sound. His albums include his Decca Classics CDs Ola Gjeilo and Winter Songs, featuring Tenebrae, Voces8 and the Choir of Royal Holloway. His debut recording as a composer and pianist, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its sequel, Piano Improvisations.Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights collection of Ola’s choral music was named iTunes Best Classical Vocal Album of 2012.

Gjeilo’s choral music has also been recorded by several notable ensembles such as the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge, The Choir of Royal Holloway, the Flemish Radio Choir, and Voces8. In 2015, the Choir of King’s College Cambridge performed Ola’s Serenity (O Magnum Mysterium) at the annual BBC-televised Christmas Eve service.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61FaBl-5R_k

Website: http://olagjeilo.com/about/

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Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet celebrates its 42nd season in 2017–2018. Critics and colleagues hold the Quartet in high esteem and many of today’s leading artists and composers seek out the Quartet for collaborations. The Quartet is known for being champions of contemporary music and for their performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartók, Mendels­sohn, and Mozart, as well as all the string quintets of Mozart, Mendels­sohn, and Brahms. Their recordings of the complete Mozart string quartets on a matched set of Stradi­varius instruments are widely held to have set the standard for this repertoire.

Website: http://www.americanstringquartet.com/

Across the Vast, Eternal Sky, with the talents of Albany Pro Musica, Ola Gjeilo, and the American String Quartet working together, promises to create a beautiful night of music.

Albany Pro Musica is emerging as one of the leading performing arts organizations in the Northeast.   From trademark a cappella music to thrilling performances and new creations with their acclaimed Composer-In-Residence Ola Gjeilo, this 37th season will be unforgettable!

Future performances in APM’s 2017-2018 Season  

The Many Moods of Christmas

with the Orchestra Pro Musica

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 3 PM, at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall   Tickets: $35, $25 Student $15

Now an annual holiday tradition for families across the Capital Region.  This year’s program features Ola Gjeilo’s stunning “Dreamweaver” and Robert Shaw’s exhilarating collection, The Many Moods of Christmas Suite III.

High School Festival

featuring Composer-In-Residence Ola Gjeilo

Sunday, January 14, 2018, 5 PM, at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall   Tickets: $15

Gifted student musicians join Albany Pro Musica onstage for a transforming experience: the chance to sing with the region’s premier chorus at a nationally renowned concert hall.  Choirs from local high schools will all perform individually, followed by a grand finale – 260 voices and instrumentalists under the baton of APM Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.

Broadway Returns

Sunday, March 4, 2018, 3 PM, at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall   Tickets: $35, $25 Student $15

Back by popular demand, Albany Pro Musica and the Pro Musica Pops perform a tour de force of select, all-time favorite Broadway tunes.  A stunning show where the fine voices of Albany Pro Musica bring beloved show tunes to a new level of artistry.

Albany Pro Musica Masterworks Series presents

Lux Aeterna

Sunday, May 6, 2018, 3 PM, at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall    Tickets: $45, $35 Student $15

The Albany Pro Musica Masterworks Series presents Morten Lauridsen’s exquisite Lux Aeterna and Michael Haydn’s moving Requiem.  Lauridsen was named “American Choral Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts and received the National Medal of Arts “for his composition of choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.” Under the shadow of his famous brother Joseph, Michael Haydn wrote some of the most beautiful music, of which his Requiem is his masterpiece. Two masterworks from two contrasting eras in one memorable performance with the Orchestra Pro Musica.

Subscriptions and single tickets for these performances are on sale now.  Tickets are available online at albanypromusica.org, by phone at518-273-0038, or at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office, 30 Second Street, TroyMonday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about subscriptions, single tickets, or any of the programs, please contact the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office at 518-273-0038, or visit  troymusichall.org or albanypromusica.org.

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