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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus


The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), considered one of the world’s leading children’s choirs, has received Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s top award for choral music. This extremely prestigious, one-time award is presented annually to an ensemble that demonstrates artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure and a commitment to outreach, educational and culturally diverse activities. Music Director Anne Tomlinson, who studied with Hillis at Northwestern University, will accept the award on behalf of LACC at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., June 12. News of the award comes in conjunction with the chorus announcing the details of its Spring Concert on May 11 and 18, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Tomlinson, who served as an intern under Hills from 1976 to 1978, says, “Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is extremely honored to receive this incredible award. It is also particularly meaningful to me on a personal level because of my close relationship with Ms. Hillis, who was both a thoroughly professional musician and a female pioneer in the choral music field. Her approach to learning music and her determination to achieve her goals serve as deep inspirations to me. If LACC and I in some way pay tribute to her ideals of musical and personal excellence, I am ever humbled. To have this award announced just prior to our Spring Concert adds special significance to the upcoming performance.”

In additional news, two world premieres highlight Los Angeles Children’s Chorus popular Spring Concert, which features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional on May 11 and 18, 2014, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The new works are by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale Swan Family Composer in Residence, heralded as “a major choral composer” (Examiner) who is setting “a new standard for American chorale music” (Culture Spot LA), and prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, noted for her remarkable gift for melody and for sensitively interweaving text and music. Daley’s piece, an arrangement of the traditional French-Canadian Folk Song A la Claire Fontaine, was commissioned by LACC in honor of Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham’s 10th Anniversary with the chorus. Kirchner wrote A Mother’s Lament For the Death of Her Son, based on Robert Burns’ poem of the same name, on a commission from Antoinette Adams and Frederic Cohen for LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble (YME). Kirchner has also set the Burns poem Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes for YME.

In preparation for its tour to England and Germany this summer, the Concert Choir also performs several works by German composers, including J.S. Bach’s “Bist du bei mir,” a beautiful unison work, the text of which carries the spirit of comfort and peace at the close of life; and Mendelssohn’s Op. 39 No. 2, a striking motet for three-part treble voices. Other repertoire includes Brahms’s Op. 37 No. 3, a demanding setting for 4-part treble chorus with eloquent soprano and alto solos; “Liebe,” a three-part round in praise of music by Haydn; and Gamelan by Canadian composer Murray Schafer inspired by the sounds of the Javanese Gamelan.

Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.

LACC’s Spring Concert is made possible, in part, by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Cuban Choir Sine Nomine

Cuban Choir Sine Nomine


The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, launching the nine-member Havana-based choir’s first state-side tour. Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine performs jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices.

“It is an honor for Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”

Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine, which has become a vanguard among Cuban choirs, has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005), toured to Spain and Mexico, and been featured on several film soundtracks. In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir is being featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference. Sine Nomine’s tour is sponsored in part by ACFEA Tour Consultants.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral art throughout middle and high school. It offers quality vocal and choral training along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. Established in 2009, YME features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy and performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club.

Admission is free (suggested donation is $10). For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county, spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten and the English choral tradition and also performs a compelling array of music from around the globe at its popular annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 7, 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:30 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons and selections from his extensive collection of folksong settings, as well as a selection of English carols and cathedral anthems from Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter and others.

LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steve Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.

Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Jennifer C. Terry

Jennifer C. Terry


Attorney Jennifer C. Terry has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs. The La Canada resident has served on LACC’s Board of Directors since 2009 and is parent of two LACC choristers. A partner in the Labor & Employment group at the law firm Arent Fox LLP in Los Angeles, Terry succeeds Joanne Crawford-Dunér.

“I am truly pleased by Jenny’s appointment,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “Her deep commitment to LACC, both as a dynamic and incisive Board member and as an LACC parent, combined with her passion, strategic vision and exceptional leadership qualities will be invaluable in guiding LACC’s continued growth. The families, staff and Board of LACC also acknowledge Joanne, her predecessor, with tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service.”

“It is an honor to serve LACC in my new capacity as Chair,” says Terry. “The foundation of LACC’s phenomenal success and highly deserved international reputation is the exceptional training that Anne Tomlinson and her dynamic artistic staff provide LACC’s choristers. They spark in the young singers a passion for music while promoting healthy vocal techniques and fostering critical and transformative life skills. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated Board of Directors and staff to ensure LACC’s continued legacy of artistic excellence.”

JENNIFER TERRY’s civil litigation practice focuses on management side employment defense, particularly in California involving disability, race, age, and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She is also the commercial advisor to the food division of a major confectionary manufacturer, and has significant experience drafting commercial contracts. Terry previously served as a federal district court law clerk to the Honorable J. Thomas Greene in the US District Court for the District of Utah and is fluent in Spanish.

LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS is acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county. It has been lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics 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). Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC’s roster includes more than 375 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program. LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPs, Jacaranda, MUSE/IQUE, and Calder Quartet, and 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 Lee 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 LACC’s 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 was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits. Open auditions for LACC take place each June. First Experiences in Singing is a non-auditioned program for 6-7 year olds that serves as an enriching and fun music introduction for children.
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county – announces its 2013-14 season, entitled “Legacies Unleashed,” which spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten and the English choral tradition. The chorus also presents two world premieres and a broad range of other musical genres demanding remarkable vocal versatility and technical skill from LACC’s accomplished young choristers, who range in age from 6 to 18. It appears with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pasadena Symphony and POPs, the Harvard Glee Club and Scripps College Chamber Singers, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart and Orff to Britten and Bizet, and performs under the batons of famed conductors Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Grant Gershon and Grant Cooper. Additionally, the famed children’s chorus presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, one of Cuba’s premiere men’s choirs, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suarez Dulzaides, as part of the 12-member, Havana-based choir’s first U.S. tour.

Among its diverse engagements, LACC offers its signature Winter and Spring Concerts, which include two world premieres – one by Shawn Kirchner, Composer in Residence for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and one by prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley. LACC choristers appear in three LA Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Plácido Domingo, Mozart’s Magic Flute and Britten’s Billy Budd, both conducted by James Conlon. The chorus also joins the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, for back-to-back performances of Orff’s seminal Carmina Burana at Walt Disney Concert Hall; and performs with the Harvard Glee Club at Altadena Community Church and the Scripps College Chamber Singers at Garrison Theatre in Claremont. In addition, LACC makes its third appearance on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious “Sounds About Town” series, performing Britten’s War Requiem with the Colburn Orchestra and members of the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Conlon in the chorus’ Segerstrom Hall debut, followed by a second performance at Disney Hall; and rings in the season as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Christmas with Gustavo,” also at Disney Hall, and the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church.

Extending its artistic reach to other arts and civic organizations as well, LACC appears at the Pasadena Community Foundation Gala, performs at the grand opening of the 17,500-square-foot Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall at the Skirball Center, and joins Burt Bacharach and four other local choirs at the Community Interfaith Unity Choral Concert celebrating the completion of the extensive renovation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic sanctuary.

“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus continues to build upon its strong tradition of compelling collaborations with other organizations,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 21st season with the organization, the last 18 as Artistic Director. “These diverse partnerships, as well as LACC’s own concert programs and the world premieres we are presenting, require an extremely broad range of repertoire that showcases the choristers’ remarkable artistic abilities and strong commitment to musical excellence.”

The chorus’ level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC, which comprises children ages 6 to 18, as members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its elite Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus – lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics 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) – is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC’s roster includes more than 375 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program. LACC 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 Lee 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 LACC’s 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 was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.

PERFORMANCES DETAILED CHRONOLOGICALLY

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus makes it first of three LA Opera appearances this season in Bizet’s Carmen, a riveting drama of love and jealousy directed by Trevore Ross and conducted by Plácido Domingo (September 21, 29; October 1, 6, 2013) and Grant Gershon (September 26, 28; October 4, 2013) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

On September 29, 2013, LACC does double duty, performing with Burt Bacharach and four other local choirs at the Community Interfaith Choral Concert celebrating the completion of the extensive multi-million dollar restoration of the 1,658-seat circa 1929 sanctuary of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles.

LACC performs at two other notable community engagements – the Pasadena Community Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Gala on October 5, 2013, and the grand opening of the 17,500-square-foot Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall at the Skirball Center on October 19, 2013.

The chorus joins the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, for back-to-back performances of Orff’s seminal Carmina Burana on November 2 and 3, 2013, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and performs with the elite Scripps College Chamber Singers on November 10, 2013, at Garrison Theatre in Claremont.

LACC choristers appear in LA Opera’s production of Mozart’s enchanting Magic Flute conducted by James Conlon, which features the U.S. debut of a highly inventive staging created by director Barrie Kosky in combination with the British theatre group “1927.” The production runs for six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, November 23, 30; and December 5, 8, 11, 15, 2013.

On November 24, 2013, LACC makes its third appearance on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious “Sounds About Town” series, performing Britten’s masterpiece War Requiem with the Colburn Orchestra and members of the USC Thornton Symphony conducted by Conlon featured first at Segerstrom Hall, followed by a second performance on November 25, 2013, at Disney Hall.

LACC returns home to present its popular annual Winter Concerts at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where the chorus is based, December 7 and 8, 2013, at 7 PM and 7:30 PM respectively. The repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons and selections from his extensive collection of folksong settings, as well as a selection of English carols and cathedral anthems from Sir David Willcocks and John Rutter.

Adding a merry note to holiday festivities, LACC decks the hall in four performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new seasonal offering “Christmas with Gustavo,” under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, December 12-15, 2013, at Disney Hall.

The Pasadena Symphony also taps LACC for its sixth guest appearance in matinee and evening performances of its popular Holiday Candlelight concert led by conductor Grant Cooper on December 14, 2013, 4 PM and 7 PM, at Pasadena’s All Saints Church. The program, also featuring soprano Susan Egan, the beloved Donald Brinegar Singers and the LA Bronze Handbell Choir, rings in the holidays by candlelight in the church’s exquisite and acoustically sonorous setting.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble begins the New Year with a joint performance with the acclaimed Harvard Glee Club, under the director of Andrew Clark, at Altadena Community Church on Friday, January 17, 2014.

Continuing its string of prominent collaborations, on February 15, 2014, the famed children’s chorus presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine (CVSN), one of Cuba’s premiere men’s choirs, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suarez Dulzaides, as part of the 12-member, Havana-based choir’s first U.S. tour. LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices, hosts the concert and also performs with the Cuban choir. Since its concert debut in 2004, CVSN it has toured to Spain and Mexico, won prizes in the CUBADISCO 2005 and 2009 festivals, and been featured on several film soundtracks.

Britten’s Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville’ powerful novella, is the third LA Opera production featuring LACC this season. James Conlon conducts the production staged by Francesca Zambello, one of the most dynamic directors on the international opera scene, which runs for six performances February 22; and March 2, 5, 8, 13 and 16, 2014.

This spring Los Angeles Children’s Chorus hosts its annual Gala Bel Canto, which shines the spotlight on distinguished honorees from the worlds of the arts, philanthropy and the chorus’ alumni community, draws supporters from across the Southland and spotlights the remarkable talents of LACC’s choristers (date and other details TBA). Proceeds from the event benefit the chorus’ artistic, educational and scholarship programs.

Two world premieres highlight LACC’s popular Spring Concert, which features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional at Pasadena Presbyterian Church May 11 and 18, 2014. The new works, commissioned by LACC are by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale Composer in Residence, heralded as “a major choral composer” (Examiner) who is setting “a new standard for American chorale music” (Culture Spot LA), and prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, noted for her remarkable gift for melody and sensitively interweaving text and music. Other repertoire includes Holst’s Ave Maria for double choir; madrigals by British composers Weekles, known for his exquisite vocal works; pieces by Morley, the first of the great madrigalists; as well as folksongs and art works by Purcell and Vaughan Williams.

Next summer, LACC continues its proud tradition of touring nationally and internationally, reaching a global audience with its remarkable artistry. (Tour locations and dates to be announced.)

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble


Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) announces auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on August 21 and 28, 2013, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, the first choir in the Southern California and one of only a few in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral arts throughout middle and high school. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training in a supportive environment along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. One of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir, Kronauer notes, is being flexible with the repertoire, which he may change from week to week based on fluctuations in the singers’ voices to ensure the voices are never “pushed” or strained.

Established in September 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (4:45 – 7:00 PM), and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy, performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages eight (by September 1, 2013) to 12 on June 6 -9, 2013, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.

LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who are dedicated to achieving excellence in vocal technique, choral singing and classical music. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.

Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 27th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC is comprised of six choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 60 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s classes for six- and seven-year-olds, First Experiences in Singing, offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children take musicianship classes (a six level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music

High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating choral concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters. The choir was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, “SING!” which chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown periodically on PBS stations nationwide, as well as follow-up documentaries “SING OPERA!” and “SING CHINA!” In addition, LACC tours locally, nationally and internationally.

Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

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LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS HONORS
CONDUCTOR JAMES CONLON, ALUMNA ANNA CHRISTY AND NESTLÉ USA AT GALA BEL CANTO

Friday, March 9, 2012, 6 p.m.,
at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in Downtown Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) raises its voice in song to honor musical luminaries James Conlon, LA Opera Music Director, and Anna Christy, soprano and LACC alumna, as well as visionary corporate partner Nestlé USA, represented by Nestlé USA Chairman and CEO Brad Alford, at Gala Bel Canto on Friday, March 9, 2012, 6 pm, at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion’s Grand Hall in downtown Los Angeles. More than 150 LACC choristers – from some of its youngest members who began in LACC’s “First Experiences in Singing” class to its highly accomplished Chamber Singers – present a sparkling musical tribute to the honorees. The Gala also includes a delectable three-course sit-down dinner and dazzling live auction.

Noted opera singer Suzanna Guzmán, described as “a rarity” (New York Times) and “a fire-eating singing actress,” (Time Magazine), serves as Master of Ceremonies for the music-filled evening. Proceeds benefit Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ artistic, educational and scholarship programs.

“We are very pleased to recognize James Conlon, Anna Christy and Nestlé USA for their tremendous impact on LACC and beyond,” says gala Chair Mary Blodgett (San Marino).

In demand around the globe with the world’s leading musical organizations, Conlon has been hailed as “a miracle of equilibrium: his dramatic intuition never fails, nor betrays the transparency of the music” (La Monde de la Musique). In addition to a busy conducting schedule, he is dedicated to mentoring young artists and has conducted members of LACC in numerous LA Opera productions and, just five days prior to the gala, will lead LACC and the American Youth Symphony in a joint concert featuring the world premiere of The isle is full of noises by Icelandic composer Daníel Bjarnason as part of the LA Phil’s “Sounds About Town” series at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Praised as “nimble of voice, body and spirit” (New York Times), Christy, who has sung at the Metropolitan Opera, Santa Fe Opera, LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago, among other notable opera companies, has provided her stellar artistry to LACC both as a founding chorister and, more recently as a highly acclaimed professional opera star, though numerous benefit performances and workshops with LACC.

Corporate partner Nestlé USA has provided invaluable, leadership support to LACC’s newest program, First Experiences in Singing, which introduces six- and seven-year olds from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Generous funding from Nestlé USA has enabled LACC to sink deeper roots into the local San Gabriel Valley community by presenting its “First Experiences in Singing” program at Nestlé-adopted Daniel Webster Elementary School in Pasadena, where LACC will also offer satellite auditions for the school’s young students at the end of the spring semester.

In addition to Blodgett, gala committee members include Annie Yeager Higgins (Pasadena), Jill Westbrook Roberts (San Marino), Ann Sunshine (Pasadena), and Andrea Greene Willard (San Marino).

Gala tickets are $375 per person with special sponsorship packages available. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.

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