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  • 07 Oct 17
  • 19.30
  • From £13.50
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Musical Director Ewa Salecka breaks new ground with Prima Vox choir, presenting a musical programme that crosses three continents - bringing exceptional musicians from Europe to perform in the spiritual heart of York.

Bridging our city's international ties through music, Ewa and Prima Vox play host to the award winning Baltic Neopolis Quartet from Poland featuring Portuguese violin virtuoso Emanuel Salvador.

The truly unique programme includes music by Philip Glass, Arvo Pärt, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjielo, Pawel Łukaszewski, Goncalo Lourenco, Ivo Antognini and Paul Mealor. The evening will be highlighted by works for choir ad string quartet: Eric Whitactre's "5 Hebrew Love Songs", Pawel Lukaszewski's "Cantate Dominum" and two acclaimed pieces by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo: “Dark Night Of The Soul” & “Luminous Night Of THe Soul”. Set to poetry by Charles Anthony Silvestri and St. John of the Cross, Gjeilo’s illusion of a much larger ensemble will be demonstrated to full creative effect by the Minster Chapter House.

Expect an emotionally powerful selection of contemporary music carried by sublime acoustics in York’s spiritual heart.

Bridging our city's international ties through music, Ewa and Prima Vox play host to the award winning Baltic Neopolis Quartet from Poland; Portuguese violin virtuoso Emanuel Salvador and acclaimed Portuguese composer Gonçalo Lourenço in a truly unique evening of contemporary choral and instrumental pieces. 

The powerful programme includes music by Philip Glass, Pawel Łukaszewski, Ivo Antognini, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo and Paul Mealor, highlighted by the world premiere of the violin concerto "Do Triunfo à Morte" by Gonçalo Lourenço. In this stunning work of originality, the composer substitutes the familiar orchestral role with a cappella choir to support the creative genius of soloist Emanuel Salvador. 

Expect an emotionally powerful selection of contemporary music borne on the sublime acoustic of York Minster Chapter House.

With an emphasis on select contemporary music and ethnic cultural pieces, Prima Vox is a modern chamber choir formed of 24 ambitious and experienced singers dedicated to presenting a technically high standard of mainly a cappella 20th & 21st Century pieces. 

With a select repertoire also including larger contemporary works by living composers, the choir has performed with instrumental ensembles and professional artists including acclaimed Flamenco/Gypsy/Jazz guitarist & composer Eduardo Niebla and internationally renowned tenor, Aled Jones MBE.
Further international collaborations this year will include a concert performance with one of Norway’s top choral groups, Oslo Voices.

Baltic Neopolis Quartet was founded in 2008 by graduates of music in London, Wroclaw and Szczecin.  Passionate musicians, their's is primarily a twentieth and twenty-first century classical repertoire, and their individuality allows the team to engage in unconventional projects with performances in museum spaces, industrial buildings and open-air locations.
Recent events have included the Lutosławski Year celebrations in Prague (2013), the Gorzow Festival of Contemporary Music, the Gaia International Music Festival in Portugal and have just returned from a tour of Japan and Asia. 
All four members are established musicians in their own right, all working as concert masters, composers and music academics in addition to their ensemble playing.

“... one of the finest Portuguese violinists of his generation.”
Strad Magazine

Graduating with a Master’s Degree in Advanced Performance at the Royal College of Music, Emanuel has toured extensively across the globe. The Violin Concerto by Joaquim dos Santos, was written for, premiered and recorded by Emanuel in 2005. Karl Fiorini´s Violin Concerto, also written for Emanuel, was recorded for Divine Art label to wide critical acclaim. He was a founder member of the Vianna da Motta Piano Trio, with whom he performed extensively in the U.K. and Portugal.

After a 10-year tenure as concertmaster of Orquestra do Norte in Portugal, Emanuel was appointed concertmaster at Baltic Neopolis Chamber Orchestra in Poland.