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The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) Concert Choir, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, tours to Northern California to make its debut at Stanford University’s newly opened Bing Concert Hall with a program entitled “Celebrating American Song,” featuring the world premiere of The Plentiful Peach by composer/sound engineer Mark Grey and librettist Niloufar Talebi, on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The work, based on the beloved Persian children’s story Yek Hulou, Yek Hezar Hulou, was commissioned by LACC. Grey’s music has been called “addictive” (Los Angeles Times), “revelatory” (All Music) and “full of energy” (Sequenza 21). LACC also presents the Cherokee hymn Sgwa ti’ni se sdi Yi Howa; Henry Mollicone’s Spanish Ave Maria; Let Us Sing! arranged by Linda Tutas Haugen; and Meir Finkelstein’s L’dor vador arranged by Rebecca Thompson and featuring soloist Madeleine Lew. In addition, the Stanford Chamber Chorale, under the direction of Stephen M. Sano, makes a guest appearance performing separately as well as combining forces with LACC to perform Randall Thompson’s Pueri Hebraeorum and the American folk song Shenandoah arranged by James Erb.
“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is honored to bring its artistry to the Bing Concert Hall and further expand our valued relationship with Stanford University,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. She notes that the chorus has long enjoyed a fruitful relationship with the institution. In 2008, LACC joined the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Beijing native Jindong Cai, for a highly successful tour to China that included performances in Shanghai and Beijing.
Described by critics as one of the region’s most “intimate” and “exciting” new venues, the 842-seat, $112 million Bing Concert Hall, named after Los Angeles-based philanthropists Peter and Helen Bing who provided the lead gift for the hall’s construction, opened in January 2013.
Concert tickets are $30-$60. Bing Concert Hall is located at 327 Lasuen Street, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. For tickets and information, please call (650) 724-2464 or visit http://live.stanford.edu.
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LACC President/Vice Chair Edward J. Nowak
It promises to be an evening of musical magic, touching accolades and tremendous excitement when the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) honors at its annual Gala Bel Canto the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning songwriters behind Disney’s “Frozen,” Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, and LACC President and Vice Chair Edward J. Nowak (La Canada), Deputy General Counsel of The Walt Disney Company, on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, 6 p.m., at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The distinguished honorees are being recognized for their vast contributions to the arts and entertainment worlds. The gala includes heartfelt tributes and compelling performances by esteemed special guests and LACC choristers, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, as well as a sumptuous three-course sit-down dinner by Patina, exquisite wines and a dazzling live auction. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’s artistic, educational and scholarship programs.
“Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez have touched countless lives around the globe with their incredible artistry, as has Ed Nowak through his visionary behind-the-scenes leadership at The Walt Disney Company over the past two decades,” says Gala Bel Canto Chair Cheryl R. Scheidemantle (Pasadena). “LACC is proud to recognize their remarkable achievements. We are also deeply grateful to Ed for his longtime support of LACC and its mission to provide quality choral music training to children.”
In addition to Scheidemantle, Gala Bel Canto committee members are Dianna Lau Beggs (San Marino), Andrea Bland (Pasadena), Mary Blodgett (San Marino), Lynn Boberg (Sierra Madre), Rachel Fine (Pasadena), Michele Hemmings (Pasadena), Allison Merryman (Pasadena), Andrea Patzakis (San Marino) and Ann Sunshine (Pasadena).
KRISTEN ANDERSON-LOPEZ and ROBERT LOPEZ, who receive LACC’s “Bel Canto Award,” wrote the original songs in Walt Disney Animation Studios’ 2013 blockbuster “Frozen,” the highest-grossing animated feature ever released. The Oscar®- and Golden Globe®-winning film’s soundtrack was Billboard’s top-selling album of 2014, spending 33 weeks in the top 5 on the Billboard 200 chart, including 13 weeks at No. 1. It is certified triple Platinum, selling more than 3.9 million units. Anderson-Lopez and Lopez won an Oscar® for the movie’s signature song “Let It Go,” which was also nominated for a Golden Globe® and earned the duo a Grammy® for best song written for visual media. Anderson-Lopez, Lopez, Tom MacDougall and Chris Montan share a Grammy for best compilation soundtrack for visual media. The Lopezes reunite with Elsa, Anna, Olaf and the rest of the “Frozen” favorites with a new original song in the all-new short “Frozen Fever,” which debuted March 13, 2015, in front of Disney’s live-action feature “Cinderella.” The Lopez’s original musical “Up Here,” directed by two-time Tony® nominee Alex Timbers, will be featured in the La Jolla Playhouse’s 2015-16 season. They live in Brooklyn with their two daughters.
Anderson-Lopez made her off-Broadway debut at Primary Stages with “In Transit,” a musical performed entirely without accompaniment, inspired by the rhythms and sounds of life on the subway. The show earned her Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Lucile Lortel nominations. Together with her husband and collaborator Robert Lopez, she wrote the Annie Award- nominated songs for the 2011 feature film “Winnie the Pooh,” as well as “Finding Nemo: The Musical,” a popular live show currently in its eighth year at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Her work has appeared on “Dawson’s Creek,” Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” and nationally in Theatreworks/USA’s stage adaptations of the children’s classics “The Tell Tale Heart,” “Fancy Nancy” and “Diary of a Worm.” She is the recipient of the BMI Harrington Award and the Dramatists Guild Fellowship, and a frequent guest moderator of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop. Also an actress, Anderson-Lopez was featured in the original cast of “Urinetown,” as well as the voice of Kanga in Disney’s “Winnie the Pooh.” Anderson-Lopez, a graduate of Williams College.
Lopez is the Tony®-, Grammy®-, and Emmy®- winning co-creator of the worldwide smash hit Broadway musicals “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon.” He shared two Emmy® Awards for his music for Nickelodeon’s “The Wonder Pets” and an Emmy nomination for his work on the musical episode of “Scrubs.” His work has been featured on “South Park,” “The Simpsons” and “Phineas and Ferb,” as well as “Bear in the Big Blue House,” “Third and Bird” and “Johnny and the Sprites.” He has won Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lucile Lortel, Frederick Loewe and Edward Kleban awards. None of his musicals have ever closed. Lopez is a graduate of Yale College.
EDWARD J. NOWAK, who receives LACC’s Rebecca Thompson Founder’s Award, joined The Walt Disney Company in 1985 as senior counsel in charge of litigation worldwide and today manages several of the company’s legal groups: litigation and employment, employee benefits, environmental affairs, product integrity and safety, immigration, and minors’ employment. He is involved as both a lawyer and an executive in dispute prevention and the resolution of complex business issues throughout the company. Before joining Disney, Nowak was associated with the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York. He graduated from Columbia College of Columbia University, where he majored in music, and from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. In addition to his work at Disney, he is Chairman Emeritus and a member of the advisory board of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; a member of the board of directors of Ryman Arts, a non-profit organization that offers an advanced studio art program for talented but underserved public and private high school students; and was Secretary and a member of the board of directors of the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, which in 2006 honored him with its Margaret Loeb Kempner Humanitarian Award for that year. Nowak has served on the LACC board since 2012. Both of his daughters have sung with LACC – Julia has been a chorister since 2008, and Caroline from 2008-2009.
Gala tickets are $375 per person with special sponsorship packages available. The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, which is one of the theatres at the Music Center, is located at 135 North Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, California, 90012. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
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Concerts on the Slope presents the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Robert Sirota’s Spindrift. Sandbox Percussion, the visually and aurally stunning percussion quartet that commissioned Spindrift, will be performing the piece, as well as works by ensemble members Jonathan Allen and Victor Caccesse, plus works by David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Natalie Dieterrich, Jason Treuting, and Lukas Ligeti. Concerts on the Slope performances are open to the public and no tickets are required; a free will donation is suggested. Sandbox Percussion is Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney.
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Queens’ newest orchestra, the Queensboro Symphony Orchestra will perform their debut concert on Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm in Flushing’s exquisite Mary’s Nativity Church. Classics to be performed include the most popular work of all time: Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, as well as Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto featuring virtuoso Jie Hyue Kim. You’ll also hear music by Paul Joseph celebrating the coming of Spring with “First Tears of Spring” and “Cry of a Butterfly.” This talented, young, vibrant and energetic orchestra will be led by acclaimed maestro Dong-hyun Kim. To celebrate this special opening evening, admission will be free-will offering. Not to be missed! www.pauljoseph.com
Date & Time:
Sunday, March 22nd at 7pm
Mary’s Nativity Church, 46-02 Parsons Blvd. (at Holly Ave.), Flushing, NY 11355, (718) 359-5996, 7 train, Q27
Driving: Take LIE to Exit 24, head north on Kissena Blvd., right onto Rose Ave., left onto Parsons Blvd, church on left.
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Water becomes an extraordinary and transformative musical instrument taking center stage as it flows, drips, gurgles, splashes, bubbles and crashes to create a staggering array of percussive sounds when the Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents Oscar and Grammy® Award-winning composer Tan Dun’s riveting Water Passion After St. Matthew, “a masterpiece for the ages” (AllMusic), on Saturday, April 11, 2 pm, and Sunday, April 12, 2015, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Written for choir, soprano and bass soloists, chamber ensemble and 10 illuminated water bowls, the piece features moments of shattering intensity and frenzy contrasted by silence and stillness. Whispers, shouts, chants, laughter, Mongolian overtone singing and the high-pitched Eastern Opera vocal traditions emerge from the chorus while the singers “play” Tibetan finger bells and river stones and rattle ominous thunder sheets. Featured guest artists include Delaram Kamareh, soprano; Stephen Bryant, bass; Shalini Vijayan, violin; Cécilia Tsan, cello; David Cossin, lead percussion; and Yuanlin Chen, digital sampler.
The Chorale gave the work’s LA premiere in 2005, which was praised as “splendid and adventurous” (Variety) and remains one of the most talked-about concerts in the choir’s history. Commissioned by Helmuth Rilling for the 250th Anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, whose seminal works include the St. Matthew Passion, Dun’s piece “plays with watery symbols of baptism, creation and rebirth” (Newsday). It is also drenched with metaphysical metaphors for cleansing and renewal that recall ancient Chinese water rituals from the village where Tan Dun was raised.
Tickets 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.
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ACO presents the NY premiere of jazzmaster Wynton Marsalis’ recently completed Blues Symphony. A rare work for purely orchestral forces by the jazz legend, Marsalis’ symphony celebrates blues through the prism of moments in American and African-American history and folklore (Marsalis does not perform in this work). The world premiere of Sanctum by Courtney Bryan, a New Orleans-based composer and alumna of ACO’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute, explores improvisation in Holiness-preaching traditions. Completing the program is a revised and expanded version of Uri Caine’s Double Trouble, a combination of fixed musical forms, freedom and spontaneity featuring the composer at the piano.
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The North/South Consonance Ensemble celebrates spring on Monday evening March 16 performing nature-inspired works by composers from Israel, Hong Kong and the US.
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Exploring the Metropolis presents Ian Ng‘s The Idea of Becoming, a new music and dance workshop, hosted by ABT Studios. Featuring students from the ABT/JKO School with choreography by Zhong-jing Fang, this event will comprise of a performance followed by a moderated Q&A session.
This event is free and open to the public. However seating is limited. An attendee list will be generated when you register for this event here: https://eventbrite.com/event/16097474981/
Ian is a 2014-15 EtM Con Edison Composer-in-Residence at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School at Lighthouse Guild.
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Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: chamber music, classical music, composition, contemporary music, Music of the Spheres, New York, piano, sara Davis Buechner, Stephanie Chase, Stewart Pollens, violin, Zimbalist
The Music of the Spheres Society welcomes back the acclaimed pianist Sara Davis Buechner for a program of music by and associated with famed violinist Efrem Zimbalist and his son, actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.The concert will take place at Christ & St. Stephen’s Church near Lincoln Center. The Society’s artistic director, violinist Stephanie Chase, is also featured. The esteemed musical instrument expert Stewart Pollens will give a pre-concert talk at 7:30 PM, included in concert admission, on “The Violin and Bad Science.”
Efrem Zimbalist (1890-1985) was among the premiere violinists of the early 20th century. At 12 he became a student of the world renowned teacher Leopold Auer, and made successful debuts with major orchestras – including the Berlin Philharmonic and London Symphony – before his early 20’s. His first wife was a world-famous soprano, Alma Gluck, with whom he made a number of recordings. An avid music arranger, Zimbalist added violin parts to a number of songs and was a champion of “early” music, often using his own arrangements of works in his recitals, in addition to composing original music for violin and piano. In 1928 he began teaching violin at the esteemed Curtis Institute and was its director between 1941 and 1968.
Although remembered today for his acting roles, especially in television’s “77 Sunset Strip” and “The F.B.I.,” his son Efrem Zimbalist Jr. (1918-2014) also studied music seriously as a youth. He had already encountered success as an actor and producer on Broadway when the death of his first wife , from cancer at only 30, led him to retreat from acting. His father was then director of the Curtis Institute and encouraged Efrem Jr. to join him at Curtis in Philadelphia, where for a few years Efrem Jr. took on duties that at one point included Dean of Students. It was during this period of recovery that he composed his violin sonata – a work that his father featured on his own retirement recital in 1964.
This concert features rarely heard music either composed or arranged by both Efrems – including the virtuosic Fantasy on music by Rimsky-Korsakov – plus a favorite concert work for Efrem Sr., the Violin Sonata in D Minor by Johannes Brahms.
Selections from “Impressions for Piano” – Efrem Zimbalist, Sr.
Sonata for Violin and Piano – Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Fantasy from “Le Coq d’Or” – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. by Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.
Sonata No. 3, Op. 108 – Johannes Brahms
DATE: Friday, March 20, 2015; 8:15 PM
Christ & St. Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th Street, New York City
ADMISSION: $30, students and seniors: $20. Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/895261.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
Sara Davis Buechner is praised on four continents as a musician of “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and “thoughtful artistry in the full service of music” (Washington Post). Ms. Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras – including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Montréal – and enjoys wide success throughout Asia, where she tours annually.
“One of the violin greats of our era” (Newhouse News), Stephanie Chase enjoys an international career with concert performances in twenty-five countries. As soloist, Ms. Chase has appeared with over 170 orchestras worldwide, among them the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, London Symphony, American Classical Orchestra, National Symphony (Mexico), Hanover Band, San Francisco Symphony, and Hong Kong Philharmonic.
“The Violin and Bad Science” by Stewart Pollens
In recent years, scientists have attempted to discover the “secrets” of Stradivari and other important musical instruments makers. In a number of studies, faulty scientific methods and dubious experimental techniques have been employed; in others, legitimate double-blind evaluations of tonal qualities, acoustical measurements and dendrochronology have yielded results that have been misrepresented or fancifully interpreted.
Stewart Pollens is the former conservator of musical instruments at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1974-2006) and the author of books including “The Early Pianoforte,” “Stradivari,” and the forthcoming “The Manual of Musical Instrument Conservation,” all published by Cambridge University Press.
The Music of the Spheres Society is now in its 14th year of “exploring the links between music, philosophy and the sciences” (New Yorker). Inspired by the Neo-Platonic academies of 16th and 17th-century Italy, which combined discourse with musical presentations, it was co-founded by Artistic Director Stephanie Chase with the mission of promoting classical music through innovative chamber music concerts and pre-concert lectures which illuminate music’s historical, philosophical and scientific foundations, in order to give greater context for music to the average audience member. For more information about the Society, visit www.musicofthespheres.org.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Principal Cello Andrew Shulman
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) Principal Cello Andrew Shulman hosts and performs works by Bach, Marcello, Sammartini, De Fesch and Vivaldi in a Baroque Conversations program illuminating a rich array of Baroque cello sonatas on Thursday, March 26, 2015, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Shulman, joined by LACO artists Trevor Handy, cello, and Principal Keyboard Patricia Mabee, harpsichord, is featured on Sammartini’s Sonata in G major for Cello and Continuo, Op. 4, No. 6; Marcello’s Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 2, No. 3; Vivaldi’s Sonata in B-flat major for Cello and Continuo, RV 46; De Fesch’s Sonata in A minor for Cello and Continuo, Op. 1b, No. 5; and Bach’s Sonata in G major for Viola da Gamba and Continuo, BWV 1027. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
LACO’s highly regarded five-concert “Baroque Conversations” series, now in its ninth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. In signature LACO style, each concert host shares insights into the music and invites questions from the audience, providing an in-depth look at the music being presented as well as an opportunity to get to know LACO artists on a more personal level.
Tickets (beginning at $56) are available online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001, or at the venue box office on the night of the concert, if tickets remain. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($12), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert.
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