Welcome to the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale has been providing an eclectic mix of choral music for Chicago's western suburbs for more than 30 years. You'll find everything from the classics to jazz to spirituals on the Chorale's concert programs—all performed by people who love to sing! The Chorale is home to 50-60 singers from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to enjoy and appreciate the gift we have in music, and to bring that gift to you in our concerts. We hope to see you in our audience very soon!
Meet the Composer!
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale is thrilled that renowned composer René Clausen, who wrote the Chorale's newly commissioned work The Cloths of Heaven, will be in attendance at both performances of our spring concert Of Night and Light on May 6 and 7, at which his piece will be premiered.
Dr. Clausen has graciously consented to give a pre-concert talk at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 7. Admission to the talk is free with the purchase of a concert ticket.
See below for more information about Dr. Clausen and The Cloths of Heaven.
A Highlight of Our Upcoming Spring Concert
The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale is pleased to announce the world premiere of a newly commissioned work The Cloths of Heaven, by renowned composer René Clausen. The Chorale, under the direction of music director Greg Wheatley, commissioned Clausen to write the piece in honor of the Chorale's 30th anniversary.
Clausen is a prolific composer, whose works are published by several major publishers. A collection of his works has been recorded by the Kansas City Chorale on their CD Life and Breath: Choral Works by René Clausen, which received three Grammy awards in 2013. In addition to his work as a composer, Clausen is also conductor of the Concordia Choir (Moorhead, MN), one of the country's premier collegiate ensembles.
The Cloths of Heaven is a setting of a text by William Butler Yeats. In describing his musical setting of this text, Clausen says "The piece is quite sweeping and panoramic, rather neo-Romantic in style. The text kind of brought me to that place." Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale music director Greg Wheatley agrees. "The Chorale is really enjoying learning this piece. René has given us a wonderful gift in the shimmering harmonies and singable lines of this work. We're excited about singing The Cloths of Heaven, and consider it a great privilege to present its world premiere this spring."
The piece will be premiered at the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale's spring concert Of Night and Light on May 6 and 7. The Friday concert begins at 7:30 p.m., and the Saturday concert begins at 3:00. Both concerts are at College Church, 335 E. Seminary, Wheaton, IL.
Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo's Evening Prayer is a beautiful setting of Augustine's text. It's one of the selections in the Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale's concert OF NIGHT AND LIGHT, May 6 and 7. Enjoy this May 2015 recording of the Chorale performing this piece, along with photos of Norway from one of the group's tenors, Mark Peterson.