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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 www.lamc.org.
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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.
AVAILABLE ONLINE AND THROUGH
THIS IS A DIGITAL-ONLY RELEASE.
ABOUT THE LABEL
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.
ABOUT THE SERIES
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 (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 YASOLA.org 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 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 lamc.org 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 http://www.lamc.org or call (213) 972-7282.
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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 IPBALLET.org.
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Baritone Tyler Duncan in a program featuring Poulenc’s boisterous Le bal masque and the world premiere Mark Applebaum’s new version of Control Freak 2.
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Composers Play Composers Marathon – Band Theme
The 2nd Concert of the MultiBand Festival
Sunday, November 29th, 2015 at 6pm
121 Ludlow St #2
New York, NY 10002
On November 29th at Spectrum NYC, Composers Concordance presents the second concert of its fifth annual festival, entitled ‘MultiBand.’ This event is the 7th Annual Composers-Play-Composers Marathon – a concert focusing on the composer-as-performer. This year, in lieu of the festival title, no fewer then twenty composers, embedded with dynamic trios and quartets from NYC’s contemporary music scene, will perform original compositions inspired by the word ‘Band.’ Featuring:
Tenth Intervention Trio:
Hajnal K Pivnick – violin
Dorian Wallace – piano
Elliot Wallace – percussion
Karen Bogardus – flute
Orlando Wells – viola
Matt Castle – piano
Occasional Noise Trio:
Cesare Papetti – percussion
Derin Öge – piano
William Lang – trombone
Licorice Clarinet Trio:
Michiyo Suzuki – clarinet
Akari Yamamoto – clarinet
Yumi Ito – bass clarinet
Compositions by: Dennis Bathory-Kitsz, Lynn Bechtold, Dan Cooper, Joe Deninzon, Douglas DaSilva, Jed Distler, Vasko Dukovski, Melissa Grey, Franz Hackl, Arthur Kampela, Ginka Mizuki, David Morneau, Gene Pritsker, Charlie Rauh, Bill Schimmel, Robert Voisey, & Ann Warren.
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal. “Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
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VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL, Nov 18 & 19, 2015 / 9 pm
at The Wild Project: 195 E 3rd St, NYC
Tickets $10 at : https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/621/1446350400000
VITAL VOX: A VOCAL FESTIVAL explores the myriad power of the human voice in its solo and ensemble forms across a multitude of genres. This annual two day festival celebrates composer-performers and ensembles in the vocal arts who stretch and expand the voice in new and original ways.
Erdem Helvacioglu & Sasha Bogdanowitsch
New contemporary works for voice and live electronics with composer/ performers, Erdem Helvacioglu & Sasha Bogdanowitsch.
Haleh Gafori & Matt Kilmer
Future music for your body and soul utilizing voice, electronics, clay drum & balafon.
Singer/composer Timothy Hill weaves a natural purity of voice
with threads of otherworldly abstract sound. Hill’s musical explorations
span the genres of folk, jazz, world music, contemporary classical
An improvisatory vocal collective – makes its debut, spinning its web of spontaneous harmony over rhythmic grooves. With singers and musicians from diverse traditions and backgrounds – including members of The M6: Meredith Monk Music Third Generation, practitioners of the vocal improvisation techniques of Bobby McFerrin & Rhiannon, and classically trained choral singers and composers, Moving Star lights up the air with song. The ensemble will consist of: Thomas Cabaniss, ,Jascha Hoffman, Onome, Sasha Bogdanowitsch , Alec Galambos, Amy Carrigan, Malia Kulp, Nick Demeris, Catherine Brookman, , Jean Rohe, David Rosenmeyer, and Bonita Oliver.
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‘ is the title of Composers Concordance 5th annual festival, to be held fromNovember 24th through December 12th, 2015
. The five festival concerts will focus on a myriad of meanings of the word ‘Band,’ as well as how composers choose to interact with their respective bands. At The Cutting Room, the opening concert will feature the CompCord Big Band, premiering ten new compositions for the standard big band instrumentation. The second concert, to be held at Spectrum NYC, will be the 7th annual ‘Composers-Play-Composers Marathon.’ -In lieu of the festival title, no fewer then twenty-one composers, embedded with dynamic trios and quartets from NYC’s contemporary music scene, will perform original compositions inspired by the word ‘Band.’ The third concert, entitled ‘Bands of Gypsies,’ draws its influence from the epic Jimi Hendrix album. A large group of guitarists and composers will take over the St. Mark’s Church space, to present a performance focusing on the guitar in its various aspects. The fourth concert will showcase a virtuoso fusion band from the west coast: SWARMIUS, at the innovative Gallery MC. The festival will wrap up at the DiMenna Center, with a program entitled ‘Eclectic Bands.’ Three composer-led bands: Ido, Nine Live and Sound Liberation, will set up in the round to present a quick-tandem performance in which the audience will hear a diverse repertoire indeed, including a grand finale in which all three bands will perform together new arrangements of Irving Berlin’s classic song ‘Alexander’s Rag Time Band.’
“For the past 30 years, Composers Concordance has been a booster for local composers, through both its concerts across the city and a record label.” -The Wall Street Journal.“Enterprising new music organization” -The New York Times. Staying in rotation for thirty years in NYC is a rare feat. In the case of a new music presenting organization, it requires not only diligence and cognizance of achievements of the past, but also an ethic of keeping one’s ear to the ground for emerging stylistic and technological developments, as well as talented new composers on the scene. Composers Concordance strives to present contemporary music in innovative ways, with an emphasis on thematic programming. It has also created a new record label, Composers Concordance Records, with distribution by Naxos. Directors Gene Pritsker and Dan Cooper co-curate the programs, and lead the CompCord Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra, String Orchestra, and Big Band. Associate Directors for the 2015-16 season are Milica Paranosic, Peter Jarvis, Svjetlana Bukvich, and Melissa Grey. Composers Concordance’s overriding vision is to promote contemporary music, composers, and new works as a rightful and respected part of society. Good music, performed and recorded well, pushing the boundaries of sound and composition.
1.) CompCord Big Band
Nov. 24th @ 8pm
The Cutting Room
44 East 32nd Street
New York, N.Y. 10010
2.) Composers-Play-Composers Marathon – Band Theme
Nov. 29th @ 5pm
121 Ludlow Streer #2
New York, N.Y. 10002
3.) Bands of Gypsies
Dec. 6th @ 3:30pm
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
New York, N.Y. 10003
Dec. 9th @ 8pm
549 West 52nd Street
(between 10th & 11th Avenues)
New York, N.Y. 10019
5.) Eclectic Bands – Sound Liberation, Ido, & Nine Live
Dec. 12th @ 8pm
The DiMenna Center – Cary Hall
450 West 37th Street
New York, N.Y. 10018
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Los Angeles Master Chorale
The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) and Artistic Director Grant Gershon champion a new generation of choral composers affiliated with the City of Angels with “Made in L.A.,” a major multi-year initiative aimed at branding Los Angeles as the nexus for choral art in the country and around the world, which launches with a concert featuring four Chorale-commissioned works, including three world premieres and a U.S. premiere on Sunday, November 15, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Gershon conducts the world premieres of Ave Maria/Scarborough Fair by Paul Chihara, a prolific composer celebrated for works “sleek and luxuriously colored” (New York Times); In the Desert With You by new-to-the-Chorale “vocal shape-shifter” Moira Smiley; and Filipino-American composer Nilo Alcala’s Mangá Pakalagián, which features special guest Subla, a Filipino kulintang ensemble led by master musician Danny Kalanduyan. Gershon also leads the U.S. premiere of The Salvage Men, the first choral commission by four-time Emmy Award-winning House of Cards composer Jeff Beal, which was co-commissioned by LAMC and the Eric Whitacre Singers, and further showcases LA’s deep pool of talented composers with Dale Trumbore’s The Whole Sea in Motion, set to text from the 1907 novel Agnes Grey by British author Anne Brontë; and Matthew Brown’s wistful Another Lullaby for Insomniacs, set to a poem by A. E. Stallings. Bookending the program are works by two former LAMC Composers in Residence: National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen’s richly textured Ave Maria; and Shawn Kirchner’s soaring Memorare, an a cappella setting of the beloved Marian devotional prayer.
“L.A. has become an incredible hotbed for some of the most interesting, creative and exciting composers writing for voice today,” notes Gershon. “Our goal with the ‘Made in L.A.’ initiative is to nurture these composers and closely align the Los Angeles Master Chorale with this emerging choral renaissance. By championing the next wave of creative talents, we can make the strongest possible impact on the future of choral music.”
Alcala’s piece completes the final chapter of the Chorale’s acclaimed LA is the World commissioning series, a multi-year initiative conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror L.A.’s vibrant multicultural fabric. It is funded in part by the James Irvine Foundation.
Tickets range from $29 – $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Tickets can also be purchased in person in advance at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office (Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm) and at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office 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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