The Choir of Trinity Wall Street & Festival ensemble
August 11, 2017
Dear friends, This year's festival is now in full flower. We are very grateful for an incredibly beautiful and emotional opening concert on Tuesday evening, and for a rich festival day yesterday, with no fewer than five concerts. Today, Thursday, we already had a fully sold-out luncheon concert and "Open stage" at Skur 2; we are continuing with what we expect to be an unforgettable evening concert in the cathedral at 19.99, and an exquisite "intimate concert" in the lovely restored little chapel, Sola Ruinkirke, at 22.00. And this feast continues with more concerts every day this week, including Sunday. Do keep informed, and join us for the concerts!
We also want to inform you about this year's festival ensemble, and about the choir that is called Vokalensemblet in the program booklet.
Vokalensemble/The Choir of Trinity Wall Street: Our intention was to create a vocal project with singers from different parts of the world. The final result was that the brilliant The Choir of Trinity Wall Street from New York wanted to meet our wishes, which made us very content. This first class, Grammy-nominated ensemble from New York, led by Julian Wachner, interprets early music as well as contemporary works. They are talked about as innovators in the field of 21st century music, breaking new ground with works of art described as "flaming with force...a choir from heaven" (The Times, London).
This choir has toured extensively all over the US, creating new experiences in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Metropolitan Museum of art. Increasingly, it is also in demand internationally, for halls such as the Paris Theatre des Champs-Elysees, and London's Barbican Theatre. Their performances around the world are described as "thrilling" (The New Yorker), "musical top notch" (Wall Street Journal), and "simply superb" (New York Times). Wachner is an internationally renowned name, working regularly in New York and with the Mowill University in Montreal, and has received a Pulitzer prize. Among his more than 80 works is an opera.
The singers are: Christopher Dylan Herbert, Mellissa Hughes, Timothy Hodges, Jonathan> Woody, Tim Parsons, Steven Hrycelak, Melissa Attebury and Michael Taylor
The Festival ensemble:
This year, our festival wanted to bring together a festival ensemble which reflects the very festival idea of gathering musicians who perform together in different constellations. Therefore, the festival ensemble has no name, consisting of musicians - national as well as international names, young ones and professionals, for playing together during the festival. This ensemble has been composed by, and is led by, one of our artistic directors, Jan Bjøranger, who is a talented creator and leader of string ensembles.
Musicians: violin: Jan Bjøranger, Pernille Svendsen, Adam Markovski, Sarah Margrete Rusnes Lie, Hanna Kallestad, Nadia Skånseng, Andreas Melbye, Joakim Rødbergshagen, Hedvig Christiansen and Victoria Folkedal. Viola: Ricardo Odriozola, Marzena Malinovska, Mari Bøe, and Misha Balan. Cello: Øyvind Gimse, Deborah Tolksdorf, Erlend Vestby, Florian Schmidt-Bartha,Antonio
Pellegrino and Ilmari Hopkins. Double bass: Emilio Guarino.
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