The splendor of the northern lights has inspired artists, poets and composers alike. This natural phenomenon is captured in song as the U of L Singers and University Women’s Chorus present an afternoon of music on April 14 at 3 pm at Southminster Church. Featuring choral works by Canadian and Scandinavian composers, both choirs present a selection of songs inspired by the northern lights.
“The Women’s Chorus is singing a selection of Canadian and Norwegian folk songs, one of which includes a piece entitled, Norwegian Trilogy arranged by an alumna of the U of L, Margaret King (BMus, 1994),” says Dr. Sandra Stringer, Women’s Chorus director. Other offerings by the Women’s Chorus includes two selections by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo: Ubi caritas, and Tundra. “We are also pleased to perform Songs of the Lights by Canadian composer Imant Raminsh, which utilizes texts by both Algonquin and Navajo First Nations tribes,” she says.
The U of L Singers also perform pieces by Ola Gjeilo, including a composition titled, Northern Lights. “Gjeilo’s compositions are a fantastic combination of Norwegian folk melodies and expert choral writing,” says Dr. Janet Youngdahl, U of L Singers conductor. “This composer is making a great splash as a contemporary composer; his pieces are interesting and beautiful and we’re pleased to be presenting them.”
Get tickets for Northern Lights at the U of L Box Office, Monday – Friday, 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm or by calling (403) 329-2616. Regular tickets are available online, uleth.ca/tickets and are also available at the door. Tickets are $15 regular, $10 student/senior.