Experience the rebirth of an ancient musical sound for the holiday season. O Emmanuel, a 10-track album, features GRAMMY Award-winning pianist, conductor, and composer J.J. Wright, Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble, the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, adult vocal soloists, and a jazz piano trio.
The mesmerizing synthesis of jazz improvisation and classical and sacred music takes listeners on a journey into the essence of the Christmas season. “You have sacred music, you have new music, you have young people singing,” says Melissa Snoza, executive director of Fifth House Ensemble. “Hearing the jazz idioms next to that is just such an incredible thing.”
Child choristers have always played central roles in the musical life of the Church. O Emmanuel features the angelic voices of the Notre Dame Children’s Choir, whose mission is to re-energize the ancient tradition of sacred music. Wright uses the young singers to inspire the wonder and awe of the holiday season.
“Christmas is best experienced through the eyes of a child,” says Wright. “There is nothing like seeing the excitement on my children’s faces on Christmas morning. I wanted to capture that magic in the album.”
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