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Valley Musicians Perform “Providence” at Carnegie Hall

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Photo credit: Deb Lind

UPDATED June 22, 2015 — The Valley High School orchestra and vocal music departments enjoyed a successful  Carnegie Hall performance and trip to New York City. They performed “Providence” by Ola Gjielo, a contemporary Norwegian composer. The piece was commissioned to honor the opening of the Valley Performing Arts Center. The Carnegie Hall performance on June 15 was part of an event that also featured the Masterworks Festival Chorus, the New York City Chamber Orchestra, the National Festival Chorus, the National Children’s Festival Chorus, and the Cantabile Singers of Silicon Valley. When they were not rehearsing or performing, students got the chance to explore New York City and see some Broadway shows.

 

PAC2015-sign2June 8, 2015 — ‘World Premiere of “Providence” Honors Valley Performing Arts Center’ — The Valley High School vocal music and orchestra departments are combining to perform the world premiere of “Providence” by Ola Gjeilo at 7 p.m. on June 9 in the Valley Performing Arts Center, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. The piece was commissioned by the Valley High School vocal and orchestral music departments and Manhattan Concert Productions to honor the opening of the Valley Performing Arts Center.

“Providence” is a 15-minute choral-orchestral piece by Gjeilo, a renowned contemporary composer from Norway, with text from the 1633 poem of the same name by George Herbert, an English poet and priest. The chorus and orchestra will also be performing “Providence” at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 15. The free performance will be at 7 p.m. on June 9 in the Valley Performing Arts Center. Other choral selections include “The Ground” by Gjeilo, “Hallelujah” (from “Christ on the Mount of Olives”) by Ludwig van Beethoven and “A Bronze Triptych” by Dan Forrest. The orchestra will perform Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 4 by Arcangelo Corelli, “Dance” (from “Brooke Green Suite”) by Gustav Holst and “Pavane” by Maurice Ravel.

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