World Premiere of “Providence” Honors Valley Performing Arts Center
The Valley High School vocal department and orchestra 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 as part of the Masterworks Festival.
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.