The trailblazing Los Angeles Master Chorale launches its milestone 50th Season on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with a spectacular retrospective concert conducted by the Kiki & David Gindler Music Director Grant Gershon celebrating the rich history and inspiring artistry of the extraordinary musical organization that has been acclaimed for its “needle-sharp quality” (Financial Times) and hailed as “inspired” (New York Times), “adventurous” (Daily Variety), and “matchlessly polished” (Los Angeles Times). The concert, which comes on the heels of the Chorale’s highly anticipated Ravinia Festival debut in Chicago, features some of the most beloved and groundbreaking works in the chorus’s expansive repertoire and spotlights signature musical selections linked to each of the four music directors who have led the Chorale during its fifty-year history – including Renaissance motets for Roger Wagner, Scottish folk songs for John Currie, O Magnum Mysterium for Paul Salamunovich and Unclouded Day and Spem in alium for Grant Gershon – enriched by rare video footage, still photos and more from the choir’s annals. Literally bridging the past and present, more than 100 Chorale alumni are traveling from across the country to join the choir’s 115 current members for an emotional and memorable finale. KUSC’s Alan Chapman hosts the musical festivities. Additionally, BP Hall is transformed into a temporary gallery for a fascinating one-day historical exhibition about the Chorale drawn from its extensive archives as well as personal artifacts from some of the people who have helped shape the ensemble over the past five decades. The first phase of the Chorale’s extensive new interactive electronic archive is being debuted there as well. The magical evening concludes with a complimentary post-concert champagne toast for the entire 2,200-member audience with the Chorale.
“The Los Angeles Master Chorale is hitting on all cylinders,” says Gershon, who marks his 13th season at the helm of the Chorale. “Our concerts continue to sell out, our programming continues to win awards and generate excitement in the musical community, our singers have achieved ever-greater levels of artistry, and our education programs are making an enormous impact on young people’s lives. This is a time to celebrate the Chorale’s legacy as well as look ahead to a vibrant future for choral music. This organization leads the choral field in the United States through its strong example of artistic integrity and community engagement.”
Serving as the musical voice of Los Angeles for half a century, the Los Angeles Master Chorale holds a prominent place in the city’s cultural fabric as well as in the annals of classical music. Noted for its remarkable legacy as one of the world’s preeminent choirs, it is credited with expanding the choral literature with dozens of high profile commissions and world premieres, and is hailed as both a virtuosic symphonic chorus and a masterful a cappella tour de force. The dazzling year-long 50th season celebration features 10 programs, 4 of which are repeated, for a total of 14 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall with repertoire chosen from the Grammy®-nominated choir’s treasure trove of signature works. On November 2 and 3, 2013, the Chorale presents Carl Orff’s instantly recognizable Carmina Burana with soprano Stacey Tappan, tenor Timothy Gonzalez, baritone José Adán Pérez, and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.
Tickets to the opening night concert range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.