Hear spectacular works composed to lift spirits heavenward when Cantata Academy Chorale performs a pair of holiday choral concerts in Berkley and Sterling Heights this December. The program will feature brilliant Norwegian composer Ola Gjielo’s “Luminous Night of the Soul” with string quartet. Performances are Sunday, Dec. 2 at St. Malachy Catholic Church – Sterling Heights and on Sunday, Dec. 9 at Our Lady of Salette Catholic Church in Berkley.
Gjielo’s “Luminous Night of the Soul” is a lush, sublime work celebrates the divinely inspired creative energy in all of us. Warm voices float upon the weaving strings, with a relentless undercurrent of rhythmic piano, for a cinematic effect. As the darkness of winter descends, these glimmering visions of eternal beauty provide sustenance.
To accompany “Luminous Night of the Soul,” director Susan Catanese has selected a splendid array of carols and contemporary arrangements to speak to the heart and renew the soul of the listener. These songs will tell the story of Christmas through the dulcet tones of a lullaby, a child’s innocent prayer, and a stirring cello solo that evokes the desert trek of the Magi. The program celebrates the gathering of people of all nations at this special time of year with a festive dance tune and a jubilant fanfare of alleluias. The audience is invited to add their voices to the merry chorus during a carol sing-along and Hallelujah Chorus finale.
- The Dec. 2 concert will be held at 4 p.m. at St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14115 E 14 Mile Rd, Sterling Heights, MI.
- The Dec. 9 concert will be held at 3 p.m. at Our Lady of La Salette Catholic Church, 2600 Harvard Rd, Berkley, MI.
Advance tickets ($15 Adult, $13 Student/Senior) are available online at www.cantataacademy.org or by phone at (313) 242-7282.
Cantata Academy Chorale will also release a new CD and digital recording, “Sing a Song of Christmas” this season, which will be on sale at the concert.
About the Chorale
Cantata Academy Chorale is an intergenerational group of musicians from the metropolitan Detroit area dedicated to excellence in the performance of classical and contemporary choral literature. The chorale consists of members who are music educators, directors of school and church ensembles, solo artists, and singers who are experienced in choral ensemble performance.
Cantata Academy Chorale has a rich fifty-seven year history beginning in 1961, founded by Arthur Stephan and Kurt A. Stoebel with the intent of performing early Renaissance music seldom performed in the metropolitan Detroit area. For twenty-five years Cantata Academy was led by Frederick Bellinger, followed by ten years under the direction of Dr. Michael Mitchell and two years with Maurice Draughn. The Chorale has performed in twenty-three countries and is preparing for its seventeenth European tour in Summer 2019.
Cantata Academy’s fifth and current Artistic Director and Conductor is Susan Catanese, a highly acclaimed and dedicated educator who leads with a passion for people and musical excellence. Cantata Academy Chorale continues to strive toward a goal of providing the community with an artistic, cultural and spiritual experience, to provide members with an opportunity to enhance their own musical knowledge and skills, encouraging the value of a lifelong endeavor.