Windsor Classic Chorale

Windsor Ontario's Premier Chamber Choir

2017-2018 Concert Season

Sacred Sunrise 11x17

Poster Designed by Marie Butler


The Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus And The Windsor Classic Chorale present

Sacred Sunrise
Friday, May 11th
At The Capitol Theatre
121 University Ave. W.
Doors at 7:00pm, Concert Begins at 7:30pm
$20.00 in Advance, $25.00 at the Door, Students $10.00
Tickets available at the Capitol Theatre Box Office, by phone at (519) 973-1238 Ext 2
or online at the Windsor Symphony website
No Intermission

The Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus is excited to join with the Windsor Classic Chorale in presenting Sacred Sunrise, featuring Antonio Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir, and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass on Friday, May 11th at The Capitol Theatre.  This shared performance leads up to a feature performance by both choirs at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City on May 19th.

Over a hundred local voices unite on stage to perform these dramatic and challenging choral works, led by conductor Dr. Bruce Kotowich. The concert also includes guest members of the County Classic Chorale and University of Windsor student singers.

Cinematic and powerful, Ola Gjelio’s Sunrise Mass awakens the senses with melody and harmonic chords evolving through themes nebulous and galactic to a warm solid landing, representing a spiritual journey from heaven to earth.  Gjelio is a Norwegian composer  living in the United States; he created Sunrise Mass in 2007 at the age of 29, sparking the career of this young composer and pianist.

Sunrise Mass is matched with Antonio Vivaldi’s Beatus Vir, composed nearly 300 years earlier during the Baroque period.  Beatus Vir, which translates to ‘blessed is the man’ was written to be sung at sunset vesper prayers on Sundays and holidays.  A particularly challenging choral piece, Vivaldi’s skill with creating counterpoint melodies for two choirs to sing at the same time.  Beatus Vir is characteristic of Vivaldi’s exuberant and playful compositions of this period.

The choirs will be joined by piano accompanists Monique Simone and Michael Oddy as two pianos are featured in this work.

Both the Windsor Symphony Orchestra Chorus and The Windsor Classic Chorale are excited to present these moving and intricate choral works at the Capitol Theatre on May 11th and to the stage at New York City’s Carnegie Hall on May 19th.

The Windsor Classic Chorale is a proud member of the Association of Canadian Choral Communities and Choirs Ontario