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Winter 2021 | The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo with the Altius Quartet (Virtual Performance)

Cantabile is pleased to announce the release of our virtual performance of The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo. In collaboration with Altius Quartet of Boulder and guitarist Gabriel Santiago.

A Note from Artistic Director Brian Stone:

Art is a conduit through which we can experience and comment on the world around us. To those ends, we use music to help us understand and respond to the uncertain events and issues of our times. I have been proud to lead Cantabile through meaningful performances that lead us to wrestle with our struggles and rejoice in our gratitude. Today, I am so proud to present a piece that I hope brings you a moment of peace and solace in the beauty of our natural world, and the escape that it can provide. William Yeats’ poem “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” longs for days of tranquility and ease away from the busy and noisy streets of civilization. It is a feeling that so many of us feel today, and in Ola Gjeilo’s setting of this text as a virtual performance, I hope it might remind us of the beauty that is worth fighting for in this world. I fear there are still many months ahead of turmoil, but in music we can find some sense of peace, and perhaps draw strength from quiet corners of the world to continue the important work that lies ahead. I hope you find joy in our performance of Ola Gjeilo’s The Lake Isle. My deepest gratitude to Altius Quartet and Gabriel Santiago for joining us in performing this piece. As well, thanks goes out to Kevin Harbison for his help in recording the instrumental parts, and in being an audio editing guide to me on this project. Finally, thanks to Andrew Olson for his photography of the instrumentalists and Annie Larner for her help in putting together this beautiful video that features fantastic landscapes woven together with moments from our instrumental recording session.

Performed by Cantabile of Boulder, Colorado
Directed by Brian Stone
Virtually Recorded December 2020


(based on the poem The Lake Isle of Innisfree by William Butler Yeats)

I will arise and go now, and go to Innisfree,
And a small cabin build there, of clay and wattles made:
Nine bean-rows will I have there, a hive for the honey-bee,
And live alone in the bee-loud glade.

I will arise and go now, for always night and day
I hear lake water lapping with low sounds by the shore;
While I stand on the roadway, or on the pavements grey,
I hear it in the deep heart’s core.


Cantabile // Choral Ensemble
Altius Quartet // String Quartet
Gabriel Santiago // Guitar
Stella Pradeau // Piano
Brian Stone // Sound Editing and Mixing
Kevin Harbison // Recording Engineering
21 Studios // Photography
Annie Larner // Video Production