Capital University's Mees Hall will once again be filled with the sounds of remarkable music. This weekend’s Palm Sunday evening concert, Luminous Night, will feature the University choirs performing the music of Ola Gjeilo, a decorated composer. The concert will be at 7 pm Sunday, March 24. It is free and open to the public.
Gjeilo’s compositions Dark Night of the Soul, Luminous Night of the Soul, Tundra, Ubi Caritas, Prelude, O Magnum Mysterium and Sunrise Mass will be performed by the Choral Union, Chapel Choir and Philomel as well as Barbara Sahr and Craig Courtney on piano and the string orchestra. The concert will be conducted by Dr. Lynda Hasseler.
Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978 and moved to New York City in 2001 to being his composition studies at the Juilliard School. After studying at the Royal College of Music in London for two year, Gjeilo graduated from the Juilliard School with his master’s degree in 2006.
Gjeilo’s work debuted in 2007 and has been performed extensively ever since. He enjoys writing music for choir, orchestra, symphonic winds and the piano. He is also interested in film and draws inspiration from them for his compositions.
Capital's Chapel Choir his a select mixed ensemble is the Conservatory's most advanced choir and is recognized as one of the outstanding college choral groups in the nation. The choir performs a variety of sacred and secular choral literature, including motets, choral/orchestral works, spirituals, gospel music, carols, traditional music, and selections for women’s chorus and men’s chorus as well as music from Eastern Europe, Africa, Japan and from Latin and South America.
The choir struck a chord with the world recently when it made its first appearance at the World Choir Games competition and walked away with two gold medals and the highest composite score of any American choir that competed.
Capital University’s Philomel, which means Nightingale, is an elite chamber vocal ensemble whose select singers master the challenge of advanced literature from a range of musical styles spanning Renaissance to contemporary/pop styles.
With extensive training rooted in the rich Lutheran heritage of fine a cappella singing and a longstanding global touring tradition, Philomel is more than an ensemble of beautiful voices. It is a choral envoy of joy, hope and positive social change that leverages the transformative power of music to connect people from diverse cultures around the world. The ensemble recently returned from its appearance at The American International School of Muscat (TAISM) 10th Annual Festival of Choirs, held in Muscat, capital city of Oman, the oldest independent state in the Arab world.
The Choral Union includes university students and alumni, as well as singers from throughout the Columbus area. This ensemble performs repertoire similar to that of the Chapel Choir and performs a major work with orchestra in the spring.