Sunday, Jun 9, 2019
2:00 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Jonathan Griffith, DCINY Artistic Director and Principal Conductor
Ray: Gospel Mass (40th Anniversary of Composition)
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Christopher Tin, Composer/Conductor
Tin: Calling All Dawns
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International
Christer Løvold, Director
Swiss Gospel Singers and Friends (Switzerland)
Michael Odokara-Okigbo (Michael O.), Tenor
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Participating Ensembles:

Lumen Christi Gospel Choir
Swiss Gospel and Friends

Lumen Christi Gospel Choir

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Lajos Gergó
Lajos Gergó was born 1957 in Körmend, Hungary. He is not a professional musician, he plays the guitar and founded the Lumen Christi Gospel Choir 1998. During this 20 years he took the Choir to different International Choir Competitions with good results.

Lumen Christi Gospel Choir was founded in Budapest 1998. The mixed voice choir has about 20 members. The Choir has started its work in the Catholic church Rákospalota MÁV-telepi Jézus Szíve Templom and gave its musical service during holy mass for many years. During the past 20 years the Choir gave many concerts in different places: churches, theaters, festivals. They have published 5 music CD-s and participated in six international choir competitions with good results. For instance In European Choir Games, Magdeburg they won silver medal in the Champions Competition of gospel/spiritual category in 2015 and In the International Choir Competition, Budapest they won gold diploma in gospel/pop/modern category in 2017.


Swiss Gospel and Friends

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Christer Løvold

Christer Løvold was born 1973 in Oslo. He studied organ and conducting (under Eric Ericsson) at the “Norwegian Akademy of Music”, completed with honors in 1996. He continued his organ studies with Guy Bovet, Basel and graduated with the soloist-diploma in 2000.

Christer participated in numerous concerts as soloist or accompanyist on organ, cembalo or piano. As conductor he directed various impressive performances in Norway, Switzerland and Germany, among others the “B Minor Mass” by J.S. Bach, the “Requiem” by Mozart and Fauré, “A Ceremony of Carols” and “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Britten as well as musicals like “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “My Fair Lady” and “Annie”.

Christer’s concert activities led him to visit the United States, Latin America, Africa, Japan and all of Europe and he performed at various big European Festivals (Gstaad, Aosta). Christer also composed various compositions in the field of stage music as well as film music. He also recorded organ works for Swiss National Radio.

Swiss Gospel Singers is a new choir with more than 100 members that was founded out of four choirs of Christer Løvold. Additional singers are also invited to be part of this extraordinary project choir. Since more than 15 years Christer Løvold and his gospel choirs and friends in Switzerland have developed a reputation in the music scene as ensembles with their own style of gospel, where they just want to deliver music that is high on emotion as well as disciplined in frazing and precession. "If I work on the B minor mass of Bach or on Amazing Grace – my devotion to sound and interpretation is the same" - Christer Løvold