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Area students to be featured in concert with composer Ola Gjeilo

Calling all choral music enthusiasts.

Norwegian-born composer Ola Gjeilo will present a concert Sunday of his world-renowned pieces, including selections from his lyrical crossover album “Stone Rose” and its sequel “Piano Improvisations,” featuring the Vocalis Chamber Choir.

Gjeilo, who attended the Juilliard School in New York City, also will work with student musicians from Immaculata Academy, Hamburg High School and Lewiston-Porter High School at a workshop Monday at Hamburg High School.

Kathleen Bassett, musical director at Immaculata Academy and a member of Vocalis, describes this workshop as “a learning experience with Ola for young, local singers.”

Bassett, who is the director of NYSSMA Level VI Gold-winning chorus Vox Caeciliae, of Immaculata Academy, added: “There’s not another composer of his stature. The girls are very excited to attend this workshop.”

James Burritt, the director of Vocalis, said, “We are honored to welcome Ola Gjeilo to Buffalo.”

Students from Immaculata Academy’s Vox Caeciliae are as excited as their adult counterparts.

“His music is very simplistic, but yet very beautiful,” Angelina Giglio, a junior at Immaculata and two-year member of Vox Caeciliae said. “The harmonic quality gives it a rich, deep tone.” Angelina’s cousins, Anna and Christina Giglio, also members of Vox Caeciliae, echo the excitement.

“His pieces have a very rhythmic, beautiful tone,” Christina said.

“All of pieces are beautiful in their own way,” Anna said.

Vocalis Chamber Choir, founded in 2002, is a select ensemble of dedicated professional musicians and is committed to performing a cappella music of all eras. “The Music of Ola Gjeilo” will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students; doors are to open one half hour before performance. For more information, visit vocalischamberchoir.org.

Deanna Garwol is a sophomore at Immaculata Academy.

“His music is very simplistic, but yet very beautiful.”Angelina Giglio, a junior at Immaculata and two-year member of Vox Caeciliae

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