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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s holiday offerings continue with “Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas,” showcasing the Chorale’s astonishingly pure sound and exquisite balance in an all a cappella program that celebrates the 20th anniversary of former composer-in-residence/National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen’s monumental O Magnum Mysterium, on Sunday, December 14, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Written for and premiered by the Chorale in December 1994, it has since become one of the most frequently performed choral works in modern history. In addition, Artistic Director Grant Gershon conducts a wide range of a cappella works from around the globe, including Lauridsen’s O Nata Lux (from Lux Aeterna); Poulenc’s exuberant Four Motets for Christmas, which, although written in Paris in 1952, is infused with Renaissance and Baroque spirit; Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria, the German composer’s best known work; Swedish composer Jan Sandström’s Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, a widely-performed twelve-part a cappella setting written in 1990; and former assistant conductor Ariel Quintana’s richly layered Hodie Christus natus est, Ave maris stella and Quem vidistis pastores, all composed in the past 10 years. Adding a delightful twist to the repertoire is 16th-century Spanish composer Tomás Luis de Victoria’s sublime O Magnum Mysterium, as well as a newer setting of the same text by LAMC tenor/composer Matthew Brown.

“Rejoice! A Capella Christmas” is the third of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December. The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; Festival of Carols, December 13, 2 pm; and two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 17, 7:30 pm, and December 21, 7 pm.

Tickets range from $29 – $119. 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.

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JoelleWSelections from Joelle Wallach’s song cycle The Dream of Now will be performed by baritone Chai-lun Yueh, accompanied by pianist Annette Shapiro, on Friday, November 14 – 5:00 PM in Benzaquen Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street in Manhattan. This will be part of Chai-lun Yueh’s New York Women Composers Grant Recipient Vocal Recital.

More about The Dream of Now at http://joellewallach.com/composition/the-dream-of-now-2/.

The program also includes works from Beth Anderson, Alla Borzova, Jennifer Castellano, Chen Yi, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Sarah Meneely-Kyder and Joyce Hope Suskind. Visit baritone Chai-lun Yueh at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/Bio.aspx.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for New York Women Composers members, seniors and students, available at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/NYWCGrantConcert.aspx. For more info, call 860-992-8728 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1511375225779172/.

Wallach’s Lagrimas y locuras, Mapping the Mind of a Madwoman will be performed by Mexican pianist Ana Cervantes on Monday, November 17 – 7 PM at The Américas Society, 680 Park Avenue in Manhattan, as part of her Canto de la Monarca: Mujeres en Mexico concert.

In Lagrimas y locuras, commissioned by Ms. Cervantes from Ms. Wallach as part of her Song of the Monarch, Women in Mexico project, the composer returns to her interest in music which expresses a personal psychological landscape. Based on the Mexican folksong La Llorona, Lagrimas y locuras reveals the inner monologue of La Llorona herself as she haunts the banks of Mexican waterways, railing against her fate, the betrayal of her lover and the result of her own impetuous rage.

Admission to the November 17 event is free to Americas Society members; $20 for non-members. For more information, visit http://www.as-coa.org/events.

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BethA612Beth Anderson’s Lullaby and Be Not Forgetful from Angel Songs will be performed by baritone Chai-lun Yueh accompanied by pianist Annette Shapiro, on Friday, November 14 – 5:00 PM in Benzaquen Hall of the DiMenna Center for Classical Music, 450 W 37th Street in Manhattan. This will be part of Chai-lun Yueh’s New York Women Composers Grant Recipient Vocal Recital

Lullaby was written in 1998 and is dedicated to Ned Rorem. With a text from W.H. Auden, it’s been recorded on two different Capstone CD releases. Be Not Forgetful from Angel Songs has a text from Hebrews 13:2 in the King James Bible.

The program also includes works from Alla Borzova, Jennifer Castellano, Chen Yi, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Sarah Meneely-Kyder, Joyce Hope Suskind and Joelle Wallach. Visit baritone Chai-lun Yueh at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/Bio.aspx.

Tickets are $20, with discounts for New York Women Composers members, seniors and students, available at http://www.chailun.com/Pages/NYWCGrantConcert.aspx. For more information, call 860-992-8728 or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1511375225779172/.

Ms. Anderson’s Dark Songs for two sopranos and piano will be performed by the Borzova-Tonna Vocal Duo (Alla Borzova & Anna Tonna), accompanied by pianist Sofya Melikyan, in concert on Saturday, November 15 – 7:00 PM at St. Joseph of Arimathea Episcopal Church, 2172 Saw Mill River Road (Rte 9A, corner of Worthington Rd.) in White Plains, New York.

Dark Songs (3 songs with words by Dana Gioia and David Mason) includes Song of the Powers, Alley Cat Love Song, and Sunday Night in Santa Rosa. The composer writes, “The name of the cycle is derived from the fact that these three songs are alternately violent, randy, and sinister. It was commissioned by Gesine van der Grinten/Marcellina van der Grinten/Jorg Ritter from Germany.”

This There is a Magic Made by Melody concert also includes music by Juliana Hall, Lisa A. Hogan, Julie Mandel, Nataliya Medvedovskaya, Nailah Nombeko, Hilary Tann, as well as a scene from Alla Borzova’s comic chamber opera “The Wedding Gift of Pirate Granny.”

Tickets are $20, $15 for students/seniors, available at http://thereisamagicmadebymelody.brownpapertickets.com/.

Beth Anderson’s music has been described as having “a refreshing simplicity without naiveté” and as “deeply felt, direct, and yes, beautiful” and “charming and deeply felt to the point of romanticism.” MSR Classics has issued The Praying Mantis and the Bluebird – Flute Music of Beth Anderson (MS1434) – http://www.msrcd.com/catalog/cd/MS1434 – World Premiere recordings of 11 works. Other recent releases are recordings by Nancy Boston of September Swale as part of American Women: Modern Voices in Piano Music and Aleksandra Maslovaric’s recordings of Belgian Tango and Tales #1 & #3 for violin and piano on Feminae in Musica. For more information about Ms. Anderson, including a bio, other videos, list of works, discography and much more, please visit http://www.beand.com.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale adds a generous dash of yuletide cheer with a matinee performance of its popular “Festival of Carols,” on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. New arrangements of such cherished Christmas carols as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, White Christmas and Silent Night – sung to savory perfection by 100 members of the Chorale under Artistic Director Grant Gershon’s baton – set a joyful tone, making this concert a highlight of the season. Pianist Lisa Edwards and organist John West, who performs on Disney Hall’s iconic pipe organ, add delightful sonic flourish to the concert. The program also features the live performance premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Glow, part of the Grammy Award-winning composer’s innovative “Virtual Choir” series, a global phenomenon in which singers from around the world record themselves singing one of his choral works and upload their videos online, which are synchronized and combined into a single performance. Originally featured as part of Disneyland’s® 2013 World of Color Winter Dreams show at Disney California Adventure® Park, the virtual version of Glow captivated audiences with video projections of a massive choir comprised of self-submitted videos of 1,473 singers from all 50 American States performing the work.

Stage & Cinema calls “Festival of Carols,” the second of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall, “a stocking stuffer of a concert” filled with “nuggets of Noel gold.” The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas, December 14, 7 pm; and two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 17, 7:30 pm, and December 21, 7 pm.

Tickets for Festival of Carols range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. 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.

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Encompass New Opera Theatre presents the second week of New York Premiere performances of Richard Pearson Thomas’ new comic opera A Wake or a Wedding on November 13, 14 and 15 – 8:00 each evening, with a November 16 Sunday matinee at 3:00, at the Rose Nagelberg Theater of Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan.

The opera, with music and libretto by Thomas, will be performed by an ensemble of eight singers, featuring Joy Hermalyn, and including Marie Anello, Alison Davy, Eapen Leubner, Scott Lindroth, Caroline Bassett Miller, Lindsay Rider and Adrian Rosas.

The chamber orchestra, Ionization New Music Group, will be conducted by Encompass Music Director Mara Waldman.  Director is Nancy Rhodes.

A Wake or a Wedding runs 90 minutes and is performed in English. Following the performances, audiences are invited to a Meet and Greet, where they can chat with the artists and enjoy a piece of wedding cake and other refreshments, in celebration of the Company’s new home at BPAC.

Tickets are $20 to $60, available from Ovation tickets at 866-811-4111 or www.encompassopera.org or at the Baruch box office, 11 AM to 8:30 PM.

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Judith Shatin’s Fantasy on St. Cecilia for solo piano will be performed by Jerome A. Reed (seen at left) on Thursday, November 13 – 8:00 PM at Ward Hall on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN, on Monday, November 17 – 8:00 PM at Reynolds Recital Hall of Harding University in Searcy, AR and on Thursday, November 20 – 7:00 PM in the Performing Arts Center of Abilene Christian University in Abilene, TX.

The composer writes, “Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a solo adaptation of my piano concerto The Passion of St. Cecilia; it was commissioned by and is dedicated to pianist Gayle Martin Henry. St. Cecilia, long revered as the patron saint of music, has been the subjected of numerous works of art in many media…I found her story compelling, as was the idea of musically representing a woman’s martyrdom. Fantasy on St. Cecilia is a three-movement piece. The first, Her Struggle, depicts the antagonism between the larger community and the individual. The second, Her Passion, symbolizes her spiritual journey. The music has the chorale from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion tucked inside it and spread out in ways that some listeners may recognize. The third, Her Martyrdom, depicts Cecilia’s final struggle, her bodily end but her spiritual triumph.” More about the piece at http://judithshatin.com/fantasy-on-st-cecilia-2/.

Other composers on these programs include Victoria Bond, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Lipscomb graduate N. Lincoln Hanks. Visit Jerome Reed at http://www.lipscomb.edu/music/dr-jerome-reed.

More about the November 13 concert at http://www.lipscomb.edu/news/event/detail/5131, info about the November 17 concert at http://www.harding.edu/ and more about November 20 at http://www.acu.edu/events/index.html,

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

 

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C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor Collective will present 1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir, the first concerts of its By the Numbers 2014-15 New York season on Thursday, November 13 at Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street in Brooklyn and Saturday, November 15 at Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street in Manhattan.

1 on 1: Music for Solo Instruments and Choir will feature performances of Lisa Bielawa’s Lamentations for a City, selections from Christopher Marshall’s Tihei, Mauri Ora!, Bettina Sheppard’s The Day the Saucers Came (on text of Neil Gaiman), Andrea Clearfield’s Shar Ki Ri from Tse Go La Cantata, and World Premieres by C4 composers: Timothy Brown’s Take Me Bach, Bill Heigen’s Bubbles and Lisa Whitson Burns’ Spectrum.

Guest instrumentalists will be Nicholas Gallas, clarinet, Karen Birch Blundell, English Horn and Jonathan Singer, vibraphone.

Tickets for the November 13 and 15 concerts are $20 in advance, $25 day of performance, with 10 $4 “Rush” admissions 30 minutes advance at the door. A reception will follow the Saturday evening performance. Tickets can be ordered at http://www.c4ensemble.org/november-2014-concerts.html. Three-Concert Subscription $52.50, available through November 15 at https://www.artful.ly/store/events/4266. For more concert information, call 516-586-3433 or email jamesarts@att.net.

All C4 concerts are ADA accessible. For MTA transportation information, visit http://tripplanner.mta.info/_start.aspx.

C4 has received the 2014 Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. This is the first time they have received this honor. Their first CD release, Volume 1: Uncaged (http://www.c4ensemble.org/c4-uncaged-release.html), is on the 4Tay label. Visit them at http://www.c4ensemble.org/. Join their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/C4-The-Choral-ComposerConductor-Collective/19242567121.

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Terry Knowles

Terry Knowles


Highly regarded and beloved arts luminary Terry Knowles, longtime President & CEO of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) who has led the organization since 2000 through the most phenomenal growth period in its 50-year history, has announced that she will step down from her current post at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. LAMC Chairman David Gindler announced that in recognition of Knowles’ superlative contributions to the chorus and the choral arts during her extraordinary 15-year tenure, the Chorale will honor her at its annual gala, whose Honorary Chair on this occasion is composer John Adams, on March 1, 2015, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Knowles is stepping down to resume a consulting career, assisting non-profit organizations to reach their goals through good governance, strategic planning, effective resource development and mediation. According to Gindler, the Chorale has engaged Arts Consulting Group, the leading provider of executive search and other services for the arts and culture industry, to conduct the national search for her replacement.

“Under Terry’s exceptional and visionary leadership, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has become one of the world’s preeminent professional choirs, enjoying unsurpassed artistic expansion, remarkable fiscal growth, robust community partnerships and a stellar international reputation,” states Gindler. “We are extremely grateful to her for the incredible impact she has had on the Chorale as well as on the City of Los Angeles and the choral community at large. There is no stronger advocate for choral music than Terry, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale has benefited beyond measure from her unwavering support, shrewd management and deeply felt passion. Through her work, she has touched the lives of so many people, and her legacy will endure long after she steps down.”

Knowles made a strategic decision to undertake a transition at this time to coincide with the beginning of a new era for the Chorale with the recently announced five-year extension of Artistic Director Grant Gershon’s contract through the 2019-2020 season. ”The opportunity to partner with Grant in this remarkable journey has been the greatest gift of my professional life,” says Knowles. “Like so many other people, I have learned a great deal from him, and through his artistry and vision have enjoyed some of the most extraordinary musical experiences one could imagine. At this critical moment in the organization’s evolution, it will benefit from a new leader who brings a fresh mindset and creativity as the Chorale launches its second half-century.”

“Terry Knowles is one of the true behind-the-scenes heroes in the performing arts today,” says Gershon. “I certainly don’t know of a better, more happy and productive relationship between an Artistic Director and the President of a performing arts organization than that which I’ve enjoyed with Terry. She is one of the wisest people that I know, and under her inspired leadership the LA Master Chorale has experienced tremendous and sustained growth in every area. Terry cares deeply about the music and about our artists, and she has earned the admiration of all who have been touched by this organization.”

During her remarkable tenure with the Chorale, Knowles helped facilitate the choir’s transition to Walt Disney Concert Hall, has increased the Chorale’s operating budget by more than 80% to $5.4 million, in part during one of the worst economic periods in modern times, expanded its season and institutional profile significantly and has worked closely with Artistic Director Grant Gershon, who was appointed Music Director Designate just a few days after Knowles, to help him realize his artistic vision for the past 15 seasons. She has also overseen ambitious commissioning projects and a long-term strategic plan, tours to Europe, New York and the Midwest, the release of six commercial CDs, a recording partnership with Decca Classics, the Chorale’s expanded relationship with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and other leading Southland music organizations, and the launch of the “Voices Within” education outreach program, inspiring the next generation of composers, singers and music lovers. Under Knowles’ management, the Chorale has twice received the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming – in 2003 and 2010 – as well as Chorus America’s prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral music award. She served on the Chorus America Board of Directors from 1990-1996. In 2014, both the City Club of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus honored Knowles for her outstanding leadership in the arts community.

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Belting out the Hallelujah chorus has become an exhilarating and joyous holiday tradition, and the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s (LAMC) famed “Messiah Sing-Along,” conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, continues to reign supreme as the ultimate must-do for sing-along fans on Sunday, December 7, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all abilities – even those with no singing experience – are welcome to the Chorale’s 34th Annual Sing-Along, in which the 2,100-member audience becomes the choir. The performance features a professional orchestra and quartet of professional soloists from the Chorale, including Holly Sedillos, soprano; Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano; Ben Cortez, tenor; and David Castillo, baritone. Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door.

“The Messiah Sing-Along is one of the highlights of the holiday,” says Gershon, “You can’t help but feel the spirit of the season when you’re literally surrounded by 2,100 people joined together in song.”

Reflecting the global popularity of Handel’s Messiah, LAMC Founding Music Director Roger Wagner brought the tradition to Los Angeles in 1980 after learning of the success of the “Do-It-Yourself Messiah” in Chicago. During its 50 year history, the Chorale has presented the Baroque masterpiece a record 79 times since its inception in 1964, with 58 of those performances sung by the community at large as part of the Chorale’s famed Messiah Sing-Along, which FOX-TV calls “the best around” and KABC-TV describes as “comforting and uplifting.”

Tickets range from $29 – $99. 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.
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JShatinPhoto3Judith Shatin’s Grito del Corazon for cello and electronics will be performed by Till by Turning on Saturday, November 8 – 7:00 PM at the Unlimited Festival in Wels, Austria.

The composer writes about the piece, “Grito del Corazon was inspired by Goya’s “Black Paintings.” Their haunting, stark quality was deeply compelling to both myself and artist Kathy Aoki. When the Ensemble Barcelona Nuova Musica wanted to commission a work for their Painting Music program, premiered on November 20, 2001 at the VIII Festival de CinemaIndependent de Alternativa 2001, I immediately recalled my intense response to Goya’s paintings in the Prado, and suggested this theme.” Read her complete notes at http://judithshatin.com/grito-del-corazon/.

Till by Turning is Amy Cimini, Erica Dicker, Emily Manzo, and Katherine Young, four performers who work as composers, educators, scholars, songwriters, and improvisers. Till by Turning performs new chamber music by established and emerging artists, including original compositions, songs, and arrangements written by the ensemble members. Visit them at http://www.tillbyturning.com/.

More about the Unlimited Festival at http://www.waschaecht.at/music_unlimited.html.

Innova Records has issued Time to Burn (http://www.innova.mu/albums/judith-shatin/time-burn), with a combination of Shatin’s chamber and electroacoustic music performed by the Cassatt Quartet, violist James Dunham, pianist Margaret Kampmeier and others. Her music can also be heard on the Ravello, Etcetera, Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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