GREATER NEW HAVEN COMMUNITY CHORUS

Building Community One Note at a Time

Noah Blocker-Glynn, Artistic Director

For Immediate Release:

Greater New Haven Community Chorus to Perform World Premiere
of Commissioned Choral Work at 50th Anniversary Spring Concert

New Haven, CT – May 13, 2014 – Greater New Haven Community Chorus will perform the world premiere of Voices of One, a commissioned choral piece by award-winning composer Jake Runestad at its 50th anniversary spring concert – Spirit – on Saturday evening, May 31 at 8:00 p.m. at Battell Chapel on the Yale University campus.  A special pre-concert presentation by the composer will take place prior to the concert at 7:00 pm.

The choral composition Voices of One, is the final stage of the chorus’ year-long creative development process:  Photography and poetry contests encouraged amateur photographers and poets from the Greater New Haven area to contribute to the creative process through their art forms.  Poems, based on winning images chosen in the photo contest, were then offered to Runestad as a basis of the text for the choral work, which he set to music.

The concert will also include Rejoice in the Lamb by Benjamin Britten, as well as works by Gwyneth Walker, Gerald Finzi and Frank Ticheli.  Tickets are on sale at www.gnhcc.org or at the door the evening of the performance.  More program information can be also be found at their website.

Runestad (b. 1986) is noted for his versatility and wide range of expressive capabilities with music driven by soaring melodies, driving rhythms, and lush textures.  Considered “highly imaginative…with big ideas” (Baltimore Sun) and “stirring and uplifting” (Miami Herald), Jake has received commissions and performances from leading ensembles such as Seraphic Fire, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, VocalEssence, the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Cincinnati Vocal Arts Ensemble, Cantus (Minnesota), and the Rockford Symphony Orchestra.  A diverse composer, Mr. Runestad’s prolific body of work represents many genres – including music for wind band, chorus, orchestra, chamber ensembles, jazz ensembles, and opera.  He has received awards and grants from ASCAP, the American Composers Forum, the Peabody Conservatory, the Otto Bremmer Foundation, VocalEssence, the Virginia Arts Festival, the National Association for Music Education, the Association for Lutheran Church Musicians, and the American Choral Directors Association of Minnesota.

Jake Runestad holds a Master’s degree in composition from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University where he studied with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts.  He has also studied extensively with acclaimed composer Libby Larsen. Mr. Runestad currently lives in Minneapolis, MN.

Mr. Runestad, who is also a conductor and has worked with student, volunteer, and professional ensembles across the U.S. will lead a sight reading workshop for choral singers on May 28 at Hamden High School sponsored by GNHCC. An advocate of new music, he has conducted the premiere of several of his own works.  His acclaimed choral work “I Will Lift Mine Eyes” will be used in the workshop.  Registration for the event can be found at www.gnhcc.org.

Greater New Haven Community Chorus is a non-auditioned chorus of approximately 100 voices which draws its membership from throughout the greater New Haven area.  GNHCC strives to embrace the wide diversity of the community and is committed to making quality music accessible and approachable for audiences and members alike.  Greater New Haven Community Chorus was founded in 1963 as a venture in community singing and continues to perform with pride and distinction.

For more information about GNHCC, please visit www.gnhcc.org or email: [email protected].

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Katherine McManus
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