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La Mer

A second Joan Tower piece of the season opens the final Masterworks concert, this time her first Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, inspired by Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man.  Next up is Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, scene change music from his opera Peter Grimes. The final modern work of the season is Ola Gjeilo’s Dreamweaver, set from a well-known Norwegian medieval poem, Draumkveder.  To end the season is Debussy’s La Mer, a unique mix of tone poem and symphony, which depicts the richness of the sea.
Ola Gjeilo, composer Ola Gjeilo was born in Norway in 1978, and moved to the United States in 2001 to begin his composition studies at the Juilliard School in New York City. Ola’s concert works are performed all over the world, and his debut recording as a pianist-composer, the lyrical crossover album Stone Rose, was followed by its 2012 sequel, Piano Improvisations. Many of Ola’s choral works are featured on Phoenix Chorale’s bestselling Northern Lights album, which is devoted entirely to his music for choir. All three albums are available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, etc. Presently a full-time composer based in New York City, Ola is also very interested in film, and his music often draws inspiration from movies and cinematic music. Ola’s choral works are published by Walton Music/Edition Peters, wind band works by Boosey & Hawkes/Hal Leonard, and piano pieces by Edition Peters.
Composer Ola Gjeilo returns to Chattanooga for the April 27th performance of his piece, Dreamweaver.
During the concert week, Gjeilo will present at a Composer's Lunch and be the featured guest at Thursday's pre-concert Spotlight Talk. Chattanooga composer and moderator Douglas Hedwig will talk with Gjeilo about his career, his inspiration for the piece, what audiences should listen for in the concert.
Gjeilo will also be present at the Tuesday evening open rehearsal as the CSO Chorus and Lee University Chorale rehearse Dreamweaver.