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 Bending JN.frontTowards the Light….a Jazz Nativity
A Jazz opera – “The Christmas story told in thoroughly   American musical terms”. It features opera and jazz artists of note weaving together word, dance, song and musical instruments to tell the story in a new way, composed and arranged by Anne Phillips.

special guest performer: Deborah Voigt

co-hosts: WQXR’s Terrance McKnight and WBGO’s Sheila Anderson






Wycliffe Gordon, King/trombone

Maurice Chestnut, King/tap (5pm)

Ingrid Jensen, King/trumpet

Max Pollak, King/tap (8pm)

Amy London, Mary/soprano

David Gordon, Shepherd/tenor

Larry Long, Shepherd/bass-baritone

With the voices of: Anne Phillips, David Gordon, Dylan Pramuk, Ema Mitrovic, Jann Jaffe, Joanie Brittingham, Larry Long, Pete McGuiness, Shadia Almasri

and appearing for his 25th year, 93 year old Latin conga great, Candido.

directed by Beth Ann Kennedy

Bending Toward The Light, composed and arranged by Anne Phillips, originated in 1985, when Ms. Phillips was asked to create a Christmas benefit at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in NYC. That first performance featured Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini and Tommy Flanegan, among others. Over the past 30 years the work has been presented at Birdland, Lincoln Center, and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, among other venues, with a long list of luminary performers including Tito Puente, Lionel Hampton, Phil Woods, Jon Hendricks, and Paquito D’Rivera. Music director Bob Kindred’s haunting rendition of “Silent Night” created the opening mood in the darkened church that very first night just as it does today.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two performances of Handel’s Messiah, his most popular oratorio, on Sundays, December 6 and 20, at 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  The program features 48 members of the Grammy-nominated chorus, chamber orchestra and four soloists, including soprano Hayden Eberhart, mezzo soprano Janelle DeStefano, tenor Jon Lee Keenan and baritone Steve Pence.  This is the fifth consecutive year a concert version of Handel’s riveting Messiah has been part of the Chorale’s holiday concert series.


“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon.  “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its remarkable acoustics.”


Rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and beautiful orchestrations, Messiah was composed in just 24 days by celebrated Baroque composer George Frideric Handel, and continues to be one of the most renowned pieces of English sacred music.  Messiah is set to the libretto by Charles Jennens, who drew texts from the King James and Great Bibles and has been performed as a seasonal tradition across the globe for more than 255 years.


The Master Chorale also presents the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” the do-it-yourself version, December 16.  Other holiday offerings include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12; and “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” December 13.


Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available.  Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit  Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale "Festival of Carols" CD and Digital Download

Los Angeles Master Chorale “Festival of Carols” CD and Digital Download

Now everyone can enjoy Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s release of “Festival of Carols,” a CD and digital download album recorded live at Disney Hall featuring favorite Christmas carols performed by the Grammy nominated-chorus and conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  The Chorale’s first holiday recording in nearly 20 years, it includes gorgeous arrangements of such beloved classics as Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and White Christmas, sung masterfully by the LA Master Chorale.  The album also shares new audience favorites of carols arranged by former Los Angeles Master Chorale composer-in-residence, Shawn Kirchner.  His beautiful and inventive arrangements of such holiday treasures as Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, and Brightest and Best evoke a sense of familiar holiday warmth and cheer.  The music, much of it a cappella, was recorded during the Chorale’s annual live holiday program “Festival of Carols” at Disney Hall in 2012 and 2014.  A perfect holiday gift or stocking stuffer, the recording also features special guests Lisa Edwards, piano; Shawn Kirchner, piano; John West, organ; and Doug Masek, soprano saxophone.  The remarkable acoustics of the landmark Disney Hall, the Chorale’s home venue, complement the choir’s rich sound, which is captured on the recording.


The Chorale has long been recognized and hailed by critics for its exceptional holiday programming. Downtown News proclaims, “There aren’t many cultural institutions that do the holidays like the Los Angeles Master Chorale.”


“It is such a joy to bring the voices of the Los Angeles Master Chorale into homes around the world with this holiday recording,” says Gershon, who personally chose the featured musical selections.  “We hope listening to this seasonal album becomes a treasured holiday tradition for families for years to come.”


Tracks include:

  1. Angels We Have Heard on High | French Carol, Arr. Donald McCullough
  2. Deck the Hall | Welsh Carol, Arr. John Rutter
  3. The Christmas Song | Mel Tormé, Arr. Jerry Rubino
  4. One Sweet Little Baby | W. Kinneson & G. McClure, Arr. Shawn Kirchner
  5. En lo más azul del cielo (In the Deepest Blue of Sky) | Emilio Dublanc, Arr. Ariel Quintana
  6. Silent Night | Franz Gruber, Arr. David O
  7. Ding Dong Merrily on High | French Carol, Arr. T Frederick H. Candlyn
  8. Brightest and Best | Reginald Heber, Arr. Shawn Kirchner
  9. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas | Hugh Martin & Ralph Blane, Arr. Ken Neufeld
  10. Beautiful Star of Bethlehem | Appalachian Carol, Arr. Shawn Kirchner
  11. Sing We Now of Christmas | French Carol, Arr. Salli Terri
  12. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year | George Wyle & Eddie Pola, Arr. Bob Krogstad
  13. Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella | French Carol, Arr. Shawn Kirchner
  14. White Christmas | Irving Berlin, Arr. Deke Sharon
  15. Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming | Michael Praetorius, Arr. Shawn Kirchner
  16. The Twelve Days of Christmas | English Carol, Arr. John Rutter
  17. Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King | Arr. Moses Hogan
  18. Bonus Track: Carol of the Bells | Mykola Leontovych, Arr. Peter J. Wilhowsky
  19. Bonus Track: We Wish You a Merry Christmas | English Carol, Arr. Arthur Warrell


To purchase the recording, please visit, or iTunes.


About the Artists


Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon.  Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer).  The Chorale is currently in its 52nd season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 13th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  To date, the choir has commissioned 47 and premiered 94 new works, of which 64 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.  The Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City.  It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland.  Its discography includes five commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton.  In addition, in 2013, as part of its 50th anniversary season celebration, the Chorale released a digital recording featuring signature a cappella works available online-only at, iTunes and  LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.  The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed.  Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students each year.
GRANT GERSHON is currently in his 15th season as the Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera.  The Los Angeles Times declares that the Chorale “has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon” and Opera News proclaims him “a first-rate conductor.”  During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire.  A champion of new music as well, Gershon has led world premiere performances of major works by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank, Shawn Kirchner and Chinary Ung, among many others.  His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); five commercial CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and Miserere (Decca); and a digital recording featuring some of the Chorale’s signature a cappella works available online-only at, iTunes and

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EECCE in performanceCCE Ensemble Continues Le Laboratoire Residency with a Multi-Dimensional Rendering of Earle Brown’s December 1952

What: ECCE performs December 1952

When: Friday, December 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Le Laboratoire, 650 East Kendall Street, Cambridge, MA, T: Red to Kendall Square

Tickets: $20/$10 students. To purchase, contact Le Laboratoire at 617.945.7515 or visit

As the contemporary music ensemble-in- residence at Cambridge’s Le Laboratoire, ECCE presents a one-night only performance of Earle Brown’s December 1952, in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibit, BIRDLY by Max Rheiner. Featuring dispersed acoustic performances by ECCE (violinist Karen Kim, bass clarinetist Vasko Dukovski, tubaist Ben Stapp, bassoonist Sarah Schoenbeck) interspersed with recorded polyphony by sound designer Ricardo Romaneiro, this spatial rendering of December 1952 is an aural analog to BIRDLY’s virtual reality experience.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale's Festival of Carols"

Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Festival of Carols”

The Los Angeles Master Chorale fills Walt Disney Concert Hall with yuletide cheer offering two matinee performances of its popular “Festival of Carols,” on consecutive Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 2015, 2 pm, at the iconic venue.  New arrangements of cherished Christmas carols and traditional favorites, performed by 110 members of the Chorale and conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, set a joyful tone.  Holiday gems include Joy to the World!, Deck the Hall, Angels We Have Heard on High, O Holy Night, Silent Night, We Need A Little Christmas, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, White Christmas and more. The event, which also features Lisa Edwards on piano and John West on organ, has been proclaimed a “magical” (Time Out) “heartfelt spectacle” (Downtown News) “guaranteed to put you in the mood to decorate the tree” (Family Savvy).  Ticket holders can arrive early to enjoy a festive brass quintet playing holiday carols and stay afterwards for post-concert visits with Santa in BP Hall.


Tickets for Festival of Carols range from $29 – $99; tickets for children ages 6-12 are $22 – $74.  Group rates are available.  Children under six not admitted.  The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.  For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit

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On December 13, 2015 at 7 pm at Spectrum Ukrainian-American pianist Nadia Shpachenko will present a program of new and recent works, including 6 World Premieres. The recital, titled Quotations and Homages, will feature newly-written works inspired by a variety of earlier composers and pieces, from Mozart to Brahms to Messiaen to Carter to Gubaidulina to The Velvet Underground. In a program both serious and lighthearted, older works will be brought to new light through piano, electronics and multimedia by contemporary composers Missy Mazzoli, Daniel Felsenfeld, Michael Vincent Waller, Tom Flaherty, Vera Ivanova, Peter Yates, Matthew Elgart, Adam Borecki, and Nick Norton.

Spectrum NYC, December 13, 2015 at 7 pm
121 Ludlow St #2 in Manhattan
New York, NY 10002
$15 General Admission
$10 Students and Seniors
Tickets purchased at the door


Missy Mazzoli: Bolts of Loving Thunder (2013)

Daniel Felsenfeld: Down to You is Up (1998, rev. 2015) World Premiere

Michael Vincent Waller: Visages VII – Inside World (2015) World Premiere

Tom Flaherty: Rainbow Tangle (2015) World Premiere

Vera Ivanova: 6 Fugitive Memories (2015) World Premiere

Peter Yates: Epitaphs and Youngsters (2015) World Premiere

Matthew Elgart: Omaggio (2015) World Premiere

Adam Borecki: Accidental Mozart (2014) East Coast Premiere

Nick Norton: Piano Piece for Mr. Carter’s 100th Birthday (2008)

Steinway Artist Nadia Shpachenko-Gottesman has performed extensively in solo recitals and with orchestras in major venues across North America, Europe and Asia. Described by critics as a “truly inspiring and brilliant pianist… spellbinding in sensitivity and mastery of technique,” Nadia enjoys bringing into the world things that are outside the box – powerful pieces that often possess unusual sonic qualities or instrumentation. She performs on piano, toy piano, harpsichord, and percussion in concerts that often feature recitation, electronics and multimedia.

Nadia’s concerts included solo recitals at Concertgebouw, Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic, the Phillips Collection, REDCAT @ Disney Hall and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, chamber performances at the Hear Now, Sarasota, and Montecito Music Festivals, and concerto appearances with the Kharkov Philharmonic and the Ukrainian National Symphony Orchestras. As a chamber musician, Nadia frequently collaborates with prominent artists, including Emanuel Borok, Martin Chalifour, Justin DeHart, Kevin Fitz-Gerald, Maja Jasper, Genevieve Lee, Timothy Loo, Jerome Lowenthal, Marek Szpakiewicz, Kathleen Supové, Nick Terry, and the Lyris Quartet.

An enthusiastic promoter of contemporary music, she has performed more than 50 world and national premieres of piano, string piano, and toy piano works by Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Tom Flaherty, Annie Gosfield, Yuri Ishchenko, Leon Kirchner, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, Lewis Spratlan, Diego Vega, Iannis Xenakis, Peter Yates, and others.

Described as “heroic” (MusicWeb International), “exceptional” (Textura Magazine), “memorable” (New Classic LA), and “a new favorite” (Pictures on Silence), Nadia’s world premieres CD Woman at the New Piano: American Music of 2013 was released worldwide on the Reference Recordings label, featuring works for piano, toy piano, percussion, and electronics written for the album by Tom Flaherty, James Matheson, Adam Schoenberg, and Peter Yates. Nadia’s upcoming recording project The Poetry of Places will bring together music and architecture in compositions written for her by Annie Gosfield, Amy Beth Kirsten, Hannah Lash, James Matheson, Harold Meltzer, and Lewis Spratlan, as well as in Andrew Norman’s Frank’s House written for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s Westside Connections series. Nadia premiered the new works by Spratlan and Gosfield on October 27, 2015 (Piano Spheres Series) and will premiere, tour and record the new architecture-inspired program in 2016.

Nadia currently serves on the faculties of Cal Poly Pomona and Claremont Graduate Universities. Born in Ukraine, and now a long time Southern Californian, Nadia Shpachenko resides in the Los Angeles area with her husband and twin sons.

More information
Contact: Ullanta MusicWorks or 323-807-0795

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A unique fusion of classic opera mixed with contemporary dub set in a progressive, futuristic, rhythmic environment. Masahiro Shimba is a leading Japanese opera singer, based in Milano and Tokyo. The tenor is the first Japanese artist to receive the “Maria Callas Award” from the International Maria Callas Foundation. He is highly evaluated by the Italian classical/opera world, has performed as a soloist at the Royal Opera Canada, Teramo City Theater, Lincoln Center (NY), Dal Verme Theater (Milano), Verdi Conservatory Puccini Hall (Milano), St. Paul’s Outside the Walls (Vatican City/Rome) with Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini conducted by Daniele Agiman and more.

1. Nessun Dorma dub / Bill Laswell 8:18
2. Moon dub / Bill Laswell 5:01
3. Tonight dub / Bill Laswell 8:03
4. I Pescatori di Perle (The Pearl Fishers) / Georges Bizet / Bill Laswell 5:18
5. Pagliacci (Clowns) / Ruggero Leoncavallo / Bill Laswell 5:24

Masahiro Shimba – Vocals
Karl Berger – Electronic Keyboard
Rob Burger – Electric Piano, Organ
Yukari Fujita – Piano
Peter Apfelbaum – Tenor Saxophone
Graham Haynes – Cornet
Bill Laswell – Bass
Adam Rudolph – Percussion
Guy Licata – Drums
Hideo Yamaki – Drums
Sly Dunbar – Drums

Produced & Arranged by Bill Laswell.
Material Strings arranged & conducted by Karl Berger.

Dubopera is a cross label project with ESP Disk.


M.O.D. Technologies – revealing light on the development of new sound experiences in material culture. A multi-directional music / sound / information system. Initiated in 2010 by bassist / producer Bill Laswell and Giacomo Bruzzo, co-founder of the progressive / future music label Rare Noise. M.O.D. – A futuristic hybrid of music exploration – dub / dub step / reggae / world / africa / drum’n’bass / mutant hip hop / avant metal / experimental / vocal music / instrumental / DJ culture and much more.  M.O.D. resumes and continues the legacy of AXIOM, the timeless imprint established in 1989 by Bill Laswell with Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records.

The Incunabula Digital Series promises to present rare and unique, one time only captured events, in some cases originally experienced by a fortunate few and recover unusual, lost until now studio recordings. Documenting as far back as the early 80s up to present time. Moments seldom heard or experienced by anyone.

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Young Artists Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Eduardo Rios

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Eduardo Rios

Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), led by Artistic Director Alexander Treger, continues its inaugural season with a free concert spotlighting two remarkable artists from its own ranks on Sunday, December 6, 2015, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall.  Twenty-year-old Peruvian-born Concertmaster Eduardo Rios, lauded for his “luminous” playing (Aspen Times), performs Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64, considered one of the greatest violin concertos of all time, and Associate Conductor Henry Shin makes his YASO debut conducting Wagner’s intimate and tender tone poem Siegfried Idyll.  Treger, who conducts the Mendelssohn, also leads Dvořák’s solemn Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, which showcases the composer at his best.  YASO, a recently established pre-professional training orchestra hailed as a “glorious” (Out West Arts) “musical force to be reckoned with” (LA Opus), champions, mentors and inspires the next generation of outstanding young musicians for careers in classical music.


Treger says of the featured soloist, “Eduardo Rios is a exceptional talent with a brilliant future.”  He adds, “YASO is also proud to present our gifted associate conductor, Henry Shin.”


Rios, a Bachelor of Music candidate at the Colburn School Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles, recently made his American debut with the Houston Symphony and won of the prestigious 2015 Sphinx Competition, which comes with a $50,000 cash prize.  In addition to his solo appearance with YASO, Rios’s 2015–16 performances include debuts with the Nashville Symphony and the Colburn Orchestra.  He made his solo debut at age 14 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Peru and, in the US, attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Camp and the Aspen Festival as a scholarship student, among numerous achievements.


Shin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from UC Berkeley, a Masters degree in conducting from the USC Flora L. Thornton School of Music, and is currently completing his doctoral studies at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  In addition to serving as associate conductor of the Young Artist Symphony Orchestra, he is Director of Orchestras at Pasadena City College, the music director and conductor of the nationally-acclaimed Harmony Project Orchestras, Hollywood, and serves as the assistant conductor of the Elizabeth Mandel Music Institute (EMMI) Chamber Orchestra at the Crossroads School in Santa Monica.  He was formerly the assistant conductor of the San Francisco Civic Symphony and the University Symphony Orchestra at UC Berkeley.


Treger, former concertmaster of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is “an icon of the Los Angeles musical scene” (LA Opus) whose conducting has been described as “vivid” (The New York Times), “uplifting” (Musical America) and “expertly finessed” (Examiner).
YASO, comprised of dedicated young artists ages 15 to 26 drawn from a variety of schools and conservatories around the Southland, adheres to the high standards and protocols of professional orchestras, providing the orchestra members with the same type of experiences they will encounter as professional artists.  YASO members, who receive a generous stipend for their services, are selected through a rigorous audition process.  They perform key works that are an essential part of the core orchestral repertoire and are held to extremely high standards since many of the members will be auditioning directly into professional ensembles. During its inaugural 2015-16 season, YASO presents two more free concerts this season at Royce Hall on Sunday, February 28, 2016, and Saturday, April 23, 2016, with such featured repertoire as Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, Lutoslawski’s Little Suite, and John Adams’ The Chairman Dances.


Admission to the concert is free.  Reservations can be made in advance at or (310) 905-3496.  Tickets are also available at the door the night of the concert.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale Caroling Bus

Los Angeles Master Chorale Caroling Bus

Los Angeles Master Chorale comes a’ caroling in quintessential LA fashion!  The renowned chorus launches the holiday season with a fun new take on the one-horse open sleigh when it rolls out the Los Angeles Master Chorale Carol Bus, an eye-catching double-decker red bus festooned from headlights to tailpipes in seasonal finery, for a range of free and ticketed festive caroling activities across the Southland.  The Chorale hits the road and sets a joyful mood for shoppers and sightseers alike with free pop-up caroling concerts at six popular locations across the city, including the LA Zoo, The Grove, LACMA, The Americana at Brand, Old Pasadena and One Colorado, on Saturday, November 28, 2015, 1-9 pm.  The public is also welcome to hop aboard the Carol Bus for ticketed caroling tours, led by singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale, in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm, and West Hollywood on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 11, 2015, 8-10 pm.  The Carol Bus is a prelude to the Chorale’s Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which features four distinctive holiday programs at the iconic venue in December.


A one-day “whistle stop” tour of LA launches the Los Angeles Master Chorale Carol Bus on Saturday, November 28, 2015, 1-9 pm, as the Chorale wassails its way across the city with free pop-up holiday concerts at such bustling locations as the Los Angeles Zoo (12:40 pm and 8:30 pm), The Grove (1:50 pm), LACMA (2:45 pm), The Americana at Brand (5:20 pm), Old Pasadena (7:00 pm) and One Colorado (7:20 pm).  Singing favorite carols and songs of the season to perfection, the Chorale sets a joyful mood for the holidays.  The spontaneous performances are free and reservations are not required.


For those eager to hop on the Carol Bus and sing themselves, the Los Angeles Master Chorale invites the public to come aboard and enjoy ticketed caroling tours guaranteed to put every singer in the holiday spirit.  Two different routes are offered, with professional singers from the LA Master Chorale guiding the festivities, which, in addition to the caroling, include hot chocolate, mulled wine, Christmas cookies and a souvenir caroling book.  West Hollywood/Fairfax District tours include caroling stops at 3rd Street Farmers Market, The Grove, Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue, on Thursday, December 3 and Friday, December 11, 2015, 8-10 pm.  Downtown Los Angeles tours feature caroling stops at the Music Center, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Grand Central Market and LA Live, on Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 2015, 7:30-9:30 pm.  Tickets for the Carol Bus singing tours ($55) are limited and may be purchased at or by calling (213) 972-7282.  Carolers must be 21 or older to ride the Carol Bus.  Stops are subject to change.


The festive Los Angeles Master Chorale Carol Bus is a prelude to the Chorale’s Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which includes four distinctive holiday programs during December: “Festival of Carols” Saturdays, December 5 and 12, 2015, 2 pm, at Disney Hall; a concert version of Handel’s Messiah Sundays, December 6 and 20, 2015, 7 pm; “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” featuring such classics as Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata, Giovanni Gabrieli’s Christmas Motets, John Rutter’s Gloria and Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas, Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm; and the LA Master Chorale’s famed 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along” Wednesday, December 16, 2015, 8 pm. (Concert tickets range from $29 – $129.)


For Carol Bus free performance times and locations, tickets for public Carol Bus tours and information on Christmas at Walt Disney Concert Hall, visit or call (213) 972-7282.

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Inland Pacific Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Inland Pacific Ballet presents The Nutcracker

Inland Pacific Ballet, returns with its spectacular production of The Nutcracker, the classic holiday story danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score. Critically acclaimed Inland Pacific Ballet (IPB) brings The Nutcracker to life with dazzling sets complete with falling snow, an antique original Albany Flyer One Horse Open Sleigh, a 40-foot Chinese Dragon, beautiful costumes handmade in-house at IPB’s costume department, and a cast of 80 dancers. New to this year’s production is a completely re-choreographed Snow Scene for an expanded cast of 20 and a brand new lighting design. IPB’s Nutcracker will have 12 performances (plus five educational outreach performances) in four theaters from November 28 through December 20, 2015 at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, Riverside’s Fox Performing Arts Center, and Lewis Family Playhouse in Rancho Cucamonga.
This annual holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve, and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. A fantastic dream with battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers, and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy stir the imagination. Meet the cast after the performance for photos and autographs. A dazzling holiday tradition for the entire family, see it again or for the first time and be swept away in a winter wonderland.
This season’s cast features brilliant young talent from the region, most notably Emily Baggarly, and Lauren Collett alternating in the role of Clara. Both Emily and Lauren continue to receive their training at the IPB Academy. Both attended prestigious Summer Intensive programs in New York City – Emily at American Ballet Theatre and Lauren at New York City Ballet. IPB Principal Dancer, the exquisite Meilu Zhai of Montclair, will reign over the Kingdom of Sweets as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Meilu is a former dancer with the National Ballet of China and returns for her fourth season with IPB. Also returning is IPB Principal Dancer Cameron Schwanz of Corona, who will dance as the Cavalier and the Nutcracker. Cameron is a thrilling dancer who returned to southern California three years ago to join IPB as the Beast for its premiere of Beauty and the Beast. He previously danced with Texas Ballet Theater, Ballet Pacifica/Festival Ballet Theater, Los Angeles Ballet, and Ballet San Jose. IPB Principal Dancer Jonathan Sharp as Drosselmeyer, returns for a seventh season with IPB and brings an extensive resume of dancing professionally with the Boston and Pennsylvania Ballet companies, and appearances in original casts of five Broadway shows. Jonathan is currently appearing in San Diego’s Old Globe production of In Your Arms.
IPB is a professional ballet company based in the Inland Empire of Southern California since 1994. The Company is committed to producing exquisitely staged productions of full-length classic story ballets as well as presenting the best in contemporary choreography. Their large studio facility in Montclair also includes in-house costume and scenic departments. In addition, through creative marketing and an extensive Educational Outreach Program, IPB strives to introduce new audiences to the magic of ballet, and to make the experience more available and accessible to all. For students pre-school through grade 12 enrolled in public, private and home schools, IPB offers “A Young Person’s Guide to the Ballet,” connecting the arts to learning through music and movement with five educational outreach performances scheduled for The Nutcracker. The Company is also committed to the nurturing of new talent and provides an essential training ground for serious young dancers.
Choreography for The Nutcracker is by Laurence Blake and Victoria Koenig; Scenic Design by Nancy Seruto and Daniel C. Nyiri; Costume Design by Jeanne Nolden; Brand new Lighting Design by Joseph Walls; and Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
IPBs Founders/Artistic Directors/Choreographers Victoria Koenig and Kevin Myers, are southern California natives who bring a wealth of experience to their visionary leadership of this young Company. Over the past 21 years they have built IPB into the premiere ballet company and a key creative force in the region, enjoying critical acclaim while performing the largest and most varied repertoire in the area. Victoria Koenig is a native of Los Angeles now residing in Claremont. After many years as a professional dancer, and extensive international travel as a guest artist and teacher, Ms. Koenig returned to southern California and has become a shaping force in the region’s dance community. She co-founded the Los Angeles Chamber Ballet, was on the faculty of the Stanley Holden Dance Center, and served on the dance faculty of California State University, Long Beach. Ms. Koenig has brought her many years of professional experience to the Inland Valley, one of the fastest growing cultural assets in southern California and is also on the dance faculty at Pomona College. Kevin Myers is a native of Riverside, California. He danced with the Houston Ballet in solo roles in the classic repertoire including Giselle, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty and in work created for him by Houston Ballet’s renowned Artistic Director, Ben Stevenson. Later as soloist with the Los Angeles Ballet, he danced principal roles in a variety of Balanchine ballets, including Tarantella and Jewels. As a Co-Founder and Associate Director of Inland Pacific Ballet and of the Inland Pacific Ballet Academy, Mr. Myers is fulfilling a dream of widening the opportunities for the young people of the Inland Empire to experience the art of ballet and providing local talent with the chance to pursue a career in the field.
Performances of The Nutcracker take place at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive, Arcadia, CA 91007, Saturday, November 28th at 7:30pm and Sunday the 29th at 2pm; Pomona College’s Bridges Auditorium, 450 North College Way, Claremont, CA 91711, Saturday, December 5 at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday the 6th at 2pm; Fox Performing Arts Center, 3801 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501, Saturday, December 12th at 2pm and 7:30pm and Sunday the 13th at 2pm; and Lewis Family Playhouse, 12505 Cultural Center Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91739, Friday, December 18th at 7:30pm, Saturday the 19th at 2pm and 7:30pm, and Sunday, the 20th at 2pm. Tickets start at $38 with senior/child/group discounts available. For more information and tickets, please go to

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