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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation’s most in-demand children’s choirs, announces its 2014-15 season, entitled “Celebrating American Song…California and Beyond.” It spotlights the music of American composers, including several with strong California ties, among them John Adams, Philip Glass, Kirk Meechem, Terry Riley, David Montoya, Nick Strimple, Mark Grey, Wayne Brisbee, Abbie Betinis, David Brunner, Charles Ives, Brian Holmes and David Conte. The chorus also appears in a series of high profile engagements, continuing to build upon its longtime partnerships with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Jacaranda and Pasadena Symphony. Further expanding its reach, LACC makes its debut at Stanford University’s recently opened Bing Concert Hall, considered one of Northern California’s most outstanding new venues, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof with Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and hosts Windsbacher Knabenchor, Germany’s famed boys choir. LACC, which serves children ages 6 to 18 from 50 Southland communities, is lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).

Among numerous season highlights, LACC offers its signature Winter Concert (December 7 and 14, 2014) and Spring Concert (May 3 and 10, 2015) at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, featuring works by eminent American composers from Boston’s William Billings, who lived and composed during the nation’s infancy from 1746 to 1800 and is considered America’s first choral conductor, to Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic.” The programs’ a cappella pieces and works with minimal accompaniment provide a special opportunity
to hear the choir’s striking sound in its purest form.

With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the chorus is featured at the Hollywood Bowl this summer in “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” conducted by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams (August 29 and 30, 2014). In the second half of the season, LACC collaborates with the orchestra and guest conductor Susanna Mälkki on the West Coast premiere of a new multi-media production of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin with libretto by David Henry Hwang, crafted from Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, and multi-media component by innovative artist Netia Jones at Walt Disney Concert Hall (February 27, 2015).

LACC also hosts a choral exchange and concert with the illustrious German boys choir Windsbacher Knabenchor, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church (October 26, 2014). It also joins forces with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles’s oldest temple, to celebrate the 50th anniversary the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof (November 16, 2014), and appears with the renowned Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in back-to-back historically informed performances of Bach’s seminal St. Matthew Passion at Walt Disney Concert Hall (January 31 and February 1, 2015). With Jacaranda, the celebrated music series presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, LACC is featured on its “Winter Dreams” program, singing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (December 6, 2014). It also rings in the season as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church (December 13, 2014). Continuing to expand its reach, LACC presents the world premiere of a commission by Mark Gray, with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its highly anticipated debut at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall (April 19, 2015). It is also involved in a number of significant community partnerships with Verdugo Young Musicians Association, Kidspace Children’s Museum and ArtNight Pasadena, among others.

“These incredible artistic collaborations in conjunction with LACC’s own concert series provide a remarkable opportunity for our young singers to perform an extremely broad range of repertoire with some of the world’s leading conductors,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 22nd season with the organization. “These appearances go hand-in-hand with LACC’s comprehensive music education program that encourages a deeper appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music.”

The chorus’s level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC as its members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its premier Concert Choir, elite Chamber Singers and innovative Young Men’s Ensemble.

For children interested in joining LACC’s ranks, open auditions for the renowned chorus take place on June 4-7, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. No previous training in music or singing or audition preparations are required. Auditions for the Young Men’s Ensemble take place in mid-August.

LACC also offers its popular program First Experiences in Singing, eight- to ten-week, non-auditioned, non-performing classes that introduce six- and seven-year-old children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Classes are held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church each fall, spring and summer.

LACC’s 2014-2015 concert season and core educational program are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. LACC is also deeply grateful to generous lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains the chorus’s annual choral music program for children.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and led by Tomlinson since 1995, LACC serves more than 400 children through six choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.

For additional information on LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO)’s 45th season concludes with a veritable piano “festival” as Jeremy Denk, “a pianist you want to hear no matter what he performs” (The New York Times), returns for a command performance on Saturday, May 17, 2014, 8 pm, at Glendale’s Alex Theatre, and Sunday, May 18, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Denk, artistic director of the 2014 Ojai Music Festival, is featured on selections from Ligeti’s Etudes for Piano, Book I & II, as well as Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major. From the keyboard, LACO Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, an acclaimed pianist, conducts Bach’s Concerto No. 2 in C major for Two Keyboards, and Mozart’s Concerto No. 10 in E-flat major for Two Pianos. He is joined by 12-year-old prodigy Ray Ushikubo for the Bach and LA Phil Keyboardist Joanne Pearce Martin for the Mozart.

Denk has built a reputation as an unusual and compelling artist, with a broad and thought-provoking repertoire. He is also known for his witty and personal music writing, which has appeared in the New Yorker, New York Times Book Review, Newsweek and on the website of NPR Music. He was awarded the 2014 Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s 2014 Instrumentalist of the Year award and the 2013 MacArthur “Genius Grant.”

Martin, who made her LACO debut in 2006, performs around the globe as a soloist, chamber musician and recording artist. The Los Angeles Times hails her for her “propulsive, interactive pianism” and describes her playing as having “unusual fervor and fluency.”

An exuberant artist exhibiting an innate musicality well beyond his years, Japanese-American pre-teen pianist and violinist Ray Ushikubo has performed at Carnegie Hall and on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has also appeared with world-renowned pianist Lang Lang at Segerstrom Concert Hall and as a piano soloist and chamber performer during performances at two LACO galas.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. Ticket holders are invited to celebrate the final concert of the 2013-14 season with musicians at an after-party in the lobby with complimentary appetizers and drinks.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who concludes his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.

Jeremy Denk

Jeremy Denk

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Celebrated violinists Jaime Laredo and Jennifer Koh join the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and guest conductor James Feddeck for the West Coast premiere of Anna Clyne’s impressionistic Prince of Clouds on Saturday, March 22, 8 pm, at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, and Sunday, March 23, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Clyne’s work, heralded by the Washington Post as “captivating” and “exhilarating from beginning to end,” is a LACO co-commission with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music. Feddeck, winner of the prestigious Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2013 who is making his Los Angeles debut, also conducts Bach’s Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, Mendelssohn’s “The Fair Melusina” Overture, with its distinctive aquatic theme, and Schubert’s graceful Symphony No. 3 in D major.

Laredo, acclaimed for his “great ability” (The Guardian), and Jennifer Koh, who plays “with consummate skill and passion” (The New York Times) and who was Laredo’s student at the Curtis Institute of Music, perform Clyne’s work as well as the expressive Concerto in D minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043, considered one of the seminal works of Bach, whose birthday falls on March 23, the same day as the Royce Hall concert. Feddeck, “a major talent” (Huffington Post) who recently completed four seasons as assistant conductor at The Cleveland Orchestra, has conducted the orchestras of Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Memphis, Omaha, St. Louis, San Diego and Toledo, among others.

London-born Anna Clyne, Chicago Symphony’s Mead Composer-in-Residence, composes acoustic and electro-acoustic music, combining resonant soundscapes with propelling textures that weave, morph and collide in dramatic explosions. Her work, described as “dazzlingly inventive” by Time Out New York, often includes collaborations with cutting edge choreographers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians worldwide. Clyne’s accolades include a Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, eight consecutive ASCAP Plus Awards and a Clutterbuck award from the University of Edinburgh.

Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. All ticket holders are also invited to celebrate Bach’s birthday with musicians at an after-party in the lobby, which includes complimentary appetizers and drinks.

Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.

Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.

Jennifer Koh

Jennifer Koh

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