The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, launching the nine-member Havana-based choir’s first state-side tour. Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine performs jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices.
“It is an honor for Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”
Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine, which has become a vanguard among Cuban choirs, has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005), toured to Spain and Mexico, and been featured on several film soundtracks. In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir is being featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference. Sine Nomine’s tour is sponsored in part by ACFEA Tour Consultants.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral art throughout middle and high school. It offers quality vocal and choral training along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. Established in 2009, YME features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy and performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club.
Admission is free (suggested donation is $10). For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.