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On Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8 pm, the New York City Master Chorale, under the direction of Artistic Director Thea Kano, opens its eighth season with a “Holiday Concert,” featuring Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio and the New York City premiere of Paul Leavitt’s Magnificat. The concert, to be held at the Church of Saint Ignatius of Antioch (552 West End Avenue at 87th Street), features organist James Kennerley and phenomenal soloists from the Chorale. Tickets are $35 (general admission) or $25 (student/senior) and can be purchased atwww.nycmasterchorale.org or at the door, space permitting.

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LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS
MATINEE AND EVENING PERFORMANCES OF
CARL ORFF’S SEMINAL CARMINA BURANA FEATURING
NOTED GUEST ARTISTS SOPRANO STACEY TAPPAN,
BARITONE JOSÉ ADÁN PÉREZ AND
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, continues its year-long 50th anniversary season celebration with back-to-back performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular choral works of the 20th century, featuring the 115-voice chorus, noted guest artists Stacey Tappan, a “mellifluous” soprano (Wall St. Journal), José Adán Pérez, a “glorious baritone” (Bach Track), the ever-polished Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Chorale member Timothy Gonzales, tenor, and a symphonic orchestra on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 2 pm, and Sunday, November 3, 2013, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Verdi’s lush Te Deum, for double chorus and orchestra with roots in polyphony and Gregorian chant, opens the program.

A staple for the Chorale, Carmina Burana has been performed 16 times by the chorus and conducted by all four of its music directors over the past 50 years. A favorite in popular culture as well, it has been featured in such disparate films as The Last of the Mohicans, Speed and Excalibur and such television shows as Glee, The Simpsons and Survivor. The irreverent and dynamic work, based on a remarkable collection of 13th century writings by medieval poets, defrocked monks, vagabond scholars and minstrels, illuminates the bawdy and sensuous side of mankind. Written in 1936, when Orff was 41, it is perhaps the most recognized choral work of the 20th century. The majority of its movements are for chorus, which provides the musical heart of Carmina Burana and is a testament to Orff’s considerable skill in handling massed voices. Gershon last conducted the piece in 2005.

Tickets for Camina Burana 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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Digital Download & 7” Vinyl Release Date: October 15, 2013
Vinyl Available Exclusively at: www.christopherbono.com

VIDEO: The Inspiration Behind Unity & The Unexcelled Mantra
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On October 15, 2013, composer Christopher Bono releases two new singles, Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra, performed by The New York Virtuoso Singers led by music director Harold Rosenbaum. These choral works will be available on Bono’s label Our Silent Canvas, distributed digitally by Naxos and released on limited edition 7” vinyl. The recordings were made at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York by Grammy-winning producer Silas Brown.

Visual artist DZO Olivier has created original illustrations for the cover art for Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra recordings, intimately influenced by Bono’s music and the concepts it explores. Videos inspired by these works created by film artists Tobias Stretch (Radiohead, Deftones) and Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir (Sigur Rós) will be released on November 5, 2013.

Bono describes Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra as contemplating the search for a modern form of spirituality. He says, “Both works explore a path to transcendence or ‘true being’ through union with the cosmos – The Unexcelled Mantra from a Mahayana Buddhist point of view and Unity from the Western philosophical tradition of Plato.”

Unity is a choral piece based on some of the musical and philosophical concepts of Plato’s Republic. The chosen text was taken from a section of the Republic in which Plato discusses the power of mathematics, but Bono immediately saw it could also be viewed as a metaphor for the phenomenon of meditation. He says, “This multi-dimensional observation was a key inspiration for me when writing the work, both considering the mathematical qualities of music and the esoteric concepts of achieving union with the All.” In addition, Bono experimented with the power Plato claimed existed in the Dorian and Phrygian modes. According to Plato, the Dorian would “fittingly imitate the utterances and accents of a brave man who is engaged in warfare,” while the Phrygian was suitable “for a man engaged in works of peace.”

The Unexcelled Mantra is a setting of text from the Heart Sutra, a sacred text in Mahayana Buddhism on understanding Shunyata, or Emptiness, in order to realize Nirvana. The mantra reads “gaté gaté paragaté parasamgaté bodhi svaha,” which can be translated as “Go, go, go beyond, go totally beyond, be rooted in the ground of enlightenment.”

The release of Unity and The Unexcelled Mantra follows Bono’s first classical album, Invocations, a chamber music collection released in fall 2012 and on vinyl in August 2013. The originality and inventiveness of Invocations was noted by composer and writer Frank Oteri in NewMusicBox, who wrote, “While much of 21st-century contemporary composition is not beholden to any rules, to the extent that I could probably claim everyone to be an ‘outsider’ in some ways, Bono’s music sounds as though everything he writes is something he is discovering for the very first time, even if there are clear reference points throughout to the sound worlds of other composers from both our own time and other eras.”

Christopher Bono entered the world of classical music much later than most of his contemporaries. He spent his childhood and teenage years devoted to baseball; in 1999 he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners but an injury kept him from playing. Filling the void left by the end of his athletic endeavors, Bono began playing the guitar when he was 21, and for several years he toured, recorded, and performed in an alternative roots-rock style. In his mid-20s, he made the choice to learn classical composition techniques in order to more fully realize his music. For seven years, in nearly hermetic isolation, he taught himself to read music, and studied composition independently with Juilliard professor Kendall Briggs and at La Scola Cantorum in Paris.

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets can no longer 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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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets can no longer 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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