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World Premiere of Ola Gjeilo's "Dreamweaver" at Carnegie Hall

Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
New York, NY, May 5, 2014 – Manhattan Concert Productions presents the World Premiere of renowned composer Ola Gjeilo‘s Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 18, 8:30pm.  Written exclusively for the professional Manhattan Chorale, the work will be unveiled by Manhattan Chorale and New York City Chamber Orchestra.
Dreamweaver is scored for choir, string orchestra and piano, the work is a new setting of a well-known Norwegian medieval poem, Draumkvedet; an epic text that has more than a few things in common with Dante’s infinitely longer Divine ComedyDraumkvedet has for this piece been adapted into a playful English adaption penned by Gjeilo’s regular collaborator, poet Charles Anthony Silvestri.
"Thrilled and honored to have my latest large-scale work Dreamweaver premiered at Carnegie Hall by the wonderful Manhattan Chorale and New York City Chamber Orchestra. Paired with my Sunrise Mass, both works reflect a deep love for cinematic music and a desire to express something lush, heartfelt and evocative."- Ola Gjeilo, Composer
The performance will also feature Gjeilo’s exquisite Sunrise Mass – this lush, cinematic-sounding piece has gained immense popularity around the world and will be performed by the professional Manhattan Chorale, Symphonic Chorus and string orchestra, all under the baton of esteemed Conductor Craig Arnold.
Ola Gjeilo is among the most highly regarded choral composers in the world today.  Manhattan Chorale, New York City Chamber Orchestra and I are delighted to be premiering his exciting Dreamweaver scored in six movements for choir, string orchestra, and him at the piano. That, coupled with the lovely Sunrise Mass and his famous setting of Ubi Caritas, will offer a concert that again establishes Ola Gjeilo as an audience favorite.Craig Arnold, Conductor, Manhattan Chorale and New York City Chamber Orchestra
Manhattan Concert Productions presents the World Premiere of Dreamweaver at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, May 18, 8:30pm.  Tickets start at $20 and are available from, CarnegieCharge (212) 247-7800, or in person at the box office at 57th & 7th Ave.
Ola Gjeilo (pronounced Yay-lo) 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.
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. He is currently composer-in-residence with Manhattan Chorale, a professional New York based chamber choir led by Craig Arnold.
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.
The New York-based Manhattan Chorale enters the community of choral performance as a one-of-a-kind professional choir dedicated to outstanding performance, education advocacy, and proactive arts administration.
Housed in their own midtown rehearsal facility, Manhattan Chorale is a 32-voice professional choir based in New York City and appearing in concerts throughout the United States.  Manhattan Chorale presents a historical spectrum of choral masterworks large and small, traditional and contemporary literature, and the premiere of new works.  It has the singular distinction of being the only mixed choir in the nation where the majority of its membership is full time.
Now in its 15th season, Manhattan Concert Productions is an esteemed production company dedicated to excellence in music making, hospitality and travel details.  Through their Masterwork, Octavo, Children's Choir, Symphonic, Cathedral, Broadway and Debut Series' alongside their New York City Jazz Festival, MCP has provided opportunity to thousands of musicians in choirs, bands and orchestras that have performed at famous venues throughout the United States and many countries abroad. Additionally, Manhattan Concert Productions has two fully professional performance ensembles-in-residence, Manhattan Chorale and New York City Chamber Orchestra housed in their own rehearsal facility in midtown Manhattan.  Visit for further information.
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