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 jazz idioms next to that is just such an incredible thing."
"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."
O Emmanuel fuses the ancient texts of the "O Antiphons" with chant ("Hodie Christus natus est"), hymnody ("Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming," "O Come, O Come Emmanuel"), and jazz improvisation. Recorded at the University of Notre Dame's DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, the album was produced and edited by GRAMMY Award-winning producer Thomas Moore and engineered by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer Robert Friedrich of Five/Four Productions, Ltd.
For more information about O Emmanuel or to pre-order a copy of the CD, please visit OEmmanuel.com. The first 1,000 people who pre-order the CD will receive: