Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann will join the Denver-based choral group Kantorei in concerts on October 14 & 15. Kantorei—led by Conductor and Artistic Director Joel Rinsema—will perform new works of renowned Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo in concerts titled Dreamweaver named after one of the premiers the to be performed, featuring Plitmann performing solo. Ola Gjeilo will accompany the choir on the piano and will be joined by a string quartet from the Denver-based Playground Ensemble. These concerts open the choir’s 21st season, and tickets are on sale now at kantorei.org.
A glittering jewel on the international music scene, Grammy award-winning soprano Hila Plitmann is known worldwide for her astonishing musicianship, light and beautiful voice, and the ability to perform challenging new works. She regularly premieres works by today’s leading composers while maintaining a vibrant and extraordinarily diverse professional life in film music, musical theatre, and song writing. Described as a performer with “tremendous vocal and physical grace,” and “a vocal instrument that is simply unreal in its beauty” Hila has been involved in numerous world premieres and is in constant demand as a singer of new and contemporary music. She has worked with many of today’s leading conductors and has appeared as a headliner with the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Philharmonic, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Symphony Orchestra and numerous other orchestras and ensembles in the United States and abroad. “…the agile soprano Hila Plitmann brought radiant sound, even during passages of sky-high vocal writing…” —New York Times
Ola Gjeilo 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, where he currently resides and works as a full-time composer. Ola’s albums include his 2016 Decca Classics label debut, Ola Gjeilo, featuring Tenebrae and Voces8, as well as his two piano records (Stone Rose, Piano Improvisations) and Phoenix Chorale’s Northern Lights. Gjeilo’s (pronounced Yay-lo) choral works are published by Walton Music, wind band works by Boosey & Hawkes, and piano pieces by Walton Music and Edition Peters.
Kantorei, or singers, formed in 1997 under the leadership of 6 friends who decided to form a choir capable of singing a broad range of a cappella choral music. With the addition of Richard Larson as artistic director and a handful of additional singers, the group quickly found a footing in the cultural fabric of Denver, Colorado. Now in its 21st full season of performing, the group has expanded into an auditioned ensemble of volunteer singers under the direction of Artistic Director Joel M. Rinsema. Many of the singers come from schools with strong choral music programs, such as Augustana, Brigham Young, Concordia, Luther, St. Olaf, Wartburg, and the University of Northern Colorado.
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