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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) concludes its year long 50th Anniversary Season celebration on Sunday, June 8, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with “Today, Tomorrow & Beyond,” a forward-looking program conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon featuring the world premieres of three works commissioned by the acclaimed choir in honor of its 50th jubilee. They include Iri da iri (“Rainbow by rainbow”), a piece commissioned by the singers themselves from eminent composer Esa-Pekka Salonen, with whom the Chorale has shared a rich history both in his capacity as a composer and Conductor Laureate of the Los Angeles Philharmonic; the national anthems, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, which features the masterful Calder Quartet; and Inscapes by LAMC Swan Family Composer in Residence Shawn Kirchner. The Chorale, joined by the 80-member LAMC High School Choir Festival Honor Choir, reprises Es Tu Tiempo by MacArthur Fellow Francisco Núñez led by the composer himself. Additionally, the Chorale reprises Gabriela Lena Frank’s Los Cantores de las Montañas (“The Singing Mountaineers”) performed with the innovative Latin American folk ensemble Huayucaltia and conducted by Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton. It was premiered by the Chorale in April 2012 and is the fifth work in the LAMC’s highly regarded LA is the World commissioning project, conceived by Gershon as a collaboration among American composers, master musicians and the choir to expand the choral repertoire with works that mirror LA’s vibrant multi-cultural fabric.

Salonen’s new work, Iri da iri, for a cappella chorus, is based on Dante’s Paradiso, the final section of Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. Drawn to the universal perspective in the poem’s conclusion, Salonen says, “It goes beyond the religious. At the end Dante has to admit that the only thing he knows is that love is what makes the planets and stars, the whole cosmos work.” Salonen took musical cues from the poem’s meter and three-line stanzas, which provided an inherent structure at times linear and others “densely contrapuntal.” He also says that, given his strong ties with Gershon and the Chorale, the commission, “is very personal for me — more so than usual.” The Chorale has sung under Salonen’s baton in more than 200 concerts. Additionally, the Chorale gave the US premiere of his choral works Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund (later retitled Two Songs from Kalendar Röd), of which the chorus also made the world premiere recording (RCM 2003) that earned a coveted four-star rating from the Philadelphia Inquirer and was hailed by critics as “razor sharp” (Daily News) and “ethereal and impelling” (Los Angeles Times).

Lang has set the national anthems to excerpts from national anthems worldwide. He describes the piece, composed for a large choir and string quartet, as a “meta-anthem of all the hopes and dreams that everyone in the world has in common.” With its range of just over one octave – consistent with the range of most anthems for relative ease of singing – Lang says it is “something that everyone can conceivably sing, from start to finish.” The piece was commissioned through the generous support of Lenore and Bernard Greenberg. The Calder Quartet, which is featured on this work, has been hailed as “superb” (The New York Times) and “one of America’s most satisfying – and most enterprising – quartets” (Los Angeles Times). Winner of the 2014 Avery Fisher Career Grant, the group continues to work and collaborate with artists across musical genres, spanning the classical and contemporary music world, as well as rock, and visual arts; and in venues ranging from art galleries and rock clubs to Carnegie and Walt Disney concert halls.

Núñez, founder and artistic director of the renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City, is acclaimed for seamlessly fusing a wide range of cultural and musical idioms. In keeping with the closing concert’s forward-looking theme, the Honor Choir from LAMC’s Annual High School Choir Festival – the next generation of singers – for whom Es Tu Tiempo was commissioned on the occasion of the 25th Festival in May 2014, reprises it with the Chorale members. Composed for mixed chorus, piano, percussion and electric bass, Núñez wrote the lyrics specifically for students about the milestone of transitioning from a youth in high school to adulthood. While there is a sense of loss about experiences that will never happen again, it also offers comfort to those to come that all will be fine, regardless of the path that journey takes. The piece was underwritten by Judi and Bryant Danner.

Kirchner’s Inscapes is an a cappella work for double choir set to the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, considered “a nature mystic” and one the Victorian era’s greatest poets. A longtime tenor in the Chorale, Kirchner describes the cycle of four settings of Hopkins’s poetry as “a grand and celebratory choral symphony that calls for the Chorale’s exulting voice.” Wishing to stay true to the poetry and the poet’s intent, he says, “I’m trying to connect with that level of awe in perceiving a part of nature, a tree or a kingfisher. These aren’t just pretty pictures of nature; they’re all part of the ‘royal perception’ of the intrinsic patterns of being.” Named the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Composer in Residence in July 2012, he is only the second Composer in Residence in the Chorale’s history, succeeding Morten Lauridsen. Kirchner’s works have been performed around the globe, including his popular arrangement of the Kenyan folksong Wana Baraka, which was performed at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle celebrating the 60-year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

Frank, who is based in California but whose family tree spreads from South America to China, set Los Cantores de las Montañas (“The Singing Mountaineers”) to the poetry of José María Argueda. The Los Angeles Times describes it as “fond, alluring music that sounds like a vivid memory of a place that doesn’t exist.” One of the most sought-after classical composers in the country, the Latin Grammy Award-winning composer has “clearly emerged as a major composer” (San Francisco Classical Voice). She has collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Kronos Quartet, soprano Dawn Upshaw and Chanticleer, among others. Born in Berkeley, California, to a mother of mixed Peruvian/Chinese ancestry and a father of Lithuanian/Jewish descent, Frank explores her multicultural heritage most ardently through her compositions. She has traveled extensively throughout South America, and her pieces blend Latin-American folklore, poetry, mythology and native musical styles into a Western classical framework that is uniquely her own. Huayucaltia, LA’s innovative Latin American folk jazz ensemble, is featured with the Chorale. Formed in 1985, the instrumental group, rooted in the ideals of Latin America’s nueva cancion (new song) movement of the 1970’s, skillfully fuses Andean, Afro-Peruvian, jazz, rock and classical influences. The piece was funded 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 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.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

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Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), heralded around the globe for its exceptional artistry and wide ranging repertoire, showcases “Minimalist Masterworks,” featuring works by celebrated American composers Steve Reich and David Lang, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert opens with Pérotin’s Sederunt principes featuring tenor soloists Pablo Corá, Michael Lichtenauer and Shawn Kirchner. The Chorale then reprises Reich’s You Are (Variations), commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Chorale in 2004 (Nonesuch), and Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, of which LAMC presented an extended choral version last season hailed as “a performance to remember” (Outwest Arts). ListenUp!, a pre-concert talk with Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman, is slated for 6 pm, in BP Hall. The concert is part of the second installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s citywide, multi-disciplinary Minimalist Jukebox Festival, curated by composer John Adams.

Critics across the country have lauded the little match girl passion, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story with additional text borrowed from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, as one of the most original choral compositions of the new century since its riveting premiere in Carnegie Hall. The Los Angeles Times described the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece as a “missive from heaven…a stunner” and credits Lang with finding “a radiantly hip spiritual core to a maudlin story that stubbornly refuses to go out of fashion.” The New York Times proclaims, “With this work – one of the most moving and original scores of recent years – Lang has solidified his standing as an American master.” The Washington Post declares, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so moved…(it) is unlike any music I know.”

Reich’s four-movement You Are (Variations), considered by the composer as one of his most important works, is written for 18 amplified voices, and an amplified instrumental ensemble. In addition, there are four virtuoso piano parts for which the Chorale has tapped noted pianists Gloria Cheng, Lisa Edwards, Bryan Pezzone and Vicki Ray, who also performed on the Chorale’s recording. Enthused the Los Angeles Times of the premiere, “Grant Gershon conducted a fearless performance…full of elation.” The LA Weekly called it “splendid…gleaming…fresh.” The text of You Are (Variations), written in both English and Hebrew, is drawn from the Talmud, the Psalms, and the writings of philosopher Paul Wittgenstein. Additionally, the title itself and the text of the first movement are taken from the phrase “you are wherever your thoughts are,” written by the 18th Century Jewish mystic Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Tickets range from $29 – $119. 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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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale, a cultural icon heralded around the globe for its exceptional artistry, pulls out the stops for an extraordinary 50th Anniversary Season Celebration the last weekend of January featuring two performances of Bach’s incomparable B Minor Mass, considered one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire and the first piece the Chorale performed on its inaugural concert in 1965, as well as a spectacular gala extravaganza, “Golden on Grand,” which celebrates the Chorale’s remarkable legacy over the past five decades. The Bach B Minor Mass concerts, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, are Saturday, January 25, 2 pm, and Sunday, January 26, 7 pm, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “Golden on Grand” is Saturday, January 25, 6 pm, at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Chorale’s home for 37 years until it moved to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003.

“The Los Angeles Master Chorale has been a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric for the past five decades,” states LAMC President and CEO Terry Knowles. “Given the choir’s tremendous reach and broad artistic impact, it is only fitting that we celebrate in grand style this ground-breaking musical organization and all those who have contributed to its growth and success.”

The performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass – an “astonishing work” that holds “a monumental place in music history” (New York Times) – bookend the weekend-long celebration and feature a musical force of 115 singers from the Chorale plus a symphonic orchestra. The Chorale has performed the masterpiece ten times in five decades, including, most notably, for the first time as a newly minted Music Center resident company at its first independent concert conducted by Founding Music Director Roger Wagner at the just-opened Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 27, 1965. Says Gershon of the musical homage, “This is where it all started for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. To be able to conduct Bach’s masterpiece with the Chorale almost 49 years to the day after Roger Wagner did at the choir’s inaugural concert is simply amazing. It is an honor to be a part of this incredible legacy.” Concert tickets range from $29 – $129.

The anniversary weekend celebration shifts into high gear on January 25, at 6 pm, with “Golden on Grand,” a spectacular black-tie gala honoring the Chorale’s 50 years of extraordinary music making. Cultural, political and business luminaries, including Gala benefactor BNY Mellon, as well as long-time friends of the Chorale will come together for this glamorous tribute and elegant evening of music and dining at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Chorale’s original home from 1964 to 2003. Gala highlights include the Chorale’s signature “Surround Sing”; live and silent auctions; a sumptuous dinner catered by Patina; and dancing to Wayne Foster Entertainment. KNBC’s Fritz Coleman is Master of Ceremonies. Gala tickets start at $650 per person.

For concert and/or gala tickets and information, please call 213-972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org.

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LA Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

LA Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble


The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) begins the New Year with a bang when its Young Men’s Ensemble (YME), conducted by Dr. Steven Kronauer, is featured in a joint performance with the acclaimed Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate choir, under the director of Andrew Clark, at Altadena Community Church on Friday, January 17, 2014, 8 pm. The choirs perform individually and jointly.

The Harvard Glee Club, widely considered to be the top collegiate men’s choir in America, has twice performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, appeared at the Vatican under the baton of alumnus Leonard Bernstein, and has sung with the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony and the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, among other ensembles. In addition to Bernstein, the Harvard Glee Club, founded in 1858, counts many prominent Americans among the ranks of its alumni, including composers Virgil Thomson, Irving Fine, John Harbison and Elliott Carter – a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner. Non-musical alumni include Theodore Roosevelt; Franklin Roosevelt; and former Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun.

LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, 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. 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.

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Angelenos are invited to belt out the “Hallelujah” chorus – and all of the other glorious choruses from Handel’s beloved Messiah – at the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 33rd Annual Messiah Sing-Along on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 7:30 pm, at the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Music Director Grant Gershon conducts the 2,200-member audience, which serves as the choir, a professional chamber orchestra and four professional soloists from the Chorale: Zanaida Robles, soprano, Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano, Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor, and Chung Uk Lee, bass. Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses of all skill levels – even those with absolutely no singing experience – are welcome. Messiah scores are available for $10 at the door.

“The Messiah Sing-Along is one of the highlights of the holiday,” says Gershon, “You can’t help but feel the spirit of the season when you’re literally surrounded by 2,200 people joined together in song.”

Reflecting the global popularity of Handel’s Messiah, Founding Music Director Roger Wagner brought the tradition to Los Angeles in 1980 after learning of the success of the “Do-It-Yourself Messiah” in Chicago. During its 50 year history, the Chorale has presented the Baroque masterpiece a record 70 times since its inception in 1964, with 57 of those performances sung by the community at large as part of the Chorale’s famed Messiah Sing-Along, which FOX-TV calls “the best around” and KABC-TV describes as “comforting and uplifting.”

Tickets range from $29 – $79. 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.

Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale

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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 Launches 50th Season with Retrospective Concert

Los Angeles Master Chorale Launches 50th Season with Retrospective Concert


The trailblazing Los Angeles Master Chorale launches its milestone 50th Season on Sunday, September 22, 2013, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, with a spectacular retrospective concert conducted by the Kiki & David Gindler Music Director Grant Gershon celebrating the rich history and inspiring artistry of the extraordinary musical organization that has been acclaimed for its “needle-sharp quality” (Financial Times) and hailed as “inspired” (New York Times), “adventurous” (Daily Variety), and “matchlessly polished” (Los Angeles Times). The concert, which comes on the heels of the Chorale’s highly anticipated Ravinia Festival debut in Chicago, features some of the most beloved and groundbreaking works in the chorus’s expansive repertoire and spotlights signature musical selections linked to each of the four music directors who have led the Chorale during its fifty-year history – including Renaissance motets for Roger Wagner, Scottish folk songs for John Currie, O Magnum Mysterium for Paul Salamunovich and Unclouded Day and Spem in alium for Grant Gershon – enriched by rare video footage, still photos and more from the choir’s annals. Literally bridging the past and present, more than 100 Chorale alumni are traveling from across the country to join the choir’s 115 current members for an emotional and memorable finale. KUSC’s Alan Chapman hosts the musical festivities. Additionally, BP Hall is transformed into a temporary gallery for a fascinating one-day historical exhibition about the Chorale drawn from its extensive archives as well as personal artifacts from some of the people who have helped shape the ensemble over the past five decades. The first phase of the Chorale’s extensive new interactive electronic archive is being debuted there as well. The magical evening concludes with a complimentary post-concert champagne toast for the entire 2,200-member audience with the Chorale.

“The Los Angeles Master Chorale is hitting on all cylinders,” says Gershon, who marks his 13th season at the helm of the Chorale. “Our concerts continue to sell out, our programming continues to win awards and generate excitement in the musical community, our singers have achieved ever-greater levels of artistry, and our education programs are making an enormous impact on young people’s lives. This is a time to celebrate the Chorale’s legacy as well as look ahead to a vibrant future for choral music. This organization leads the choral field in the United States through its strong example of artistic integrity and community engagement.”

Serving as the musical voice of Los Angeles for half a century, the Los Angeles Master Chorale holds a prominent place in the city’s cultural fabric as well as in the annals of classical music. Noted for its remarkable legacy as one of the world’s preeminent choirs, it is credited with expanding the choral literature with dozens of high profile commissions and world premieres, and is hailed as both a virtuosic symphonic chorus and a masterful a cappella tour de force. The dazzling year-long 50th season celebration features 10 programs, 4 of which are repeated, for a total of 14 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall with repertoire chosen from the Grammy®-nominated choir’s treasure trove of signature works. On November 2 and 3, 2013, the Chorale presents Carl Orff’s instantly recognizable Carmina Burana with soprano Stacey Tappan, tenor Timothy Gonzalez, baritone José Adán Pérez, and the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.

Tickets to the opening night concert 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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Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Famed Messiah Sing-Along,
Conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon,
Transforms Audience into Choir
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 2:00 P.M.,
and Sunday, December 20, 2L009,7:00 P.M.
at Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Los Angeles Master Chorale celebrates the 29th Anniversary of its popular Messiah Sing-Along with its first-ever matinee of the popular do-it-yourself version of Handel’s masterpiece on Saturday, December 12, 2009, 2:00 p.m. A second Messiah Sing-Along is slated for Sunday, December 20, 2009, 7:00 p.m., at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Music Director Grant Gershon conducts both performances, which each feature a different team of soloists from the Chorale. The audience itself sings the chorus parts, filling the landmark venue with an exuberant and robust sound.

Soloists for December 12 are Ayana Haviv, soprano; Amy Fogerson, alto; Daniel Chaney, tenor; and Steve Pence, bass.

On December 20, featured soloists include Karen Hogle Brown, soprano; Rose Beattie, alto; Pablo Cora, tenor; and Greg Geiger, bass.

“The Messiah Sing-Along is one of LA’s definitive holiday traditions,” says Gershon. “There is truly nothing like it. It’s become a must-do for any music lover or for anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit and enjoy Handel’s beautiful music.” Scores are available for sale at the door.

Tickets range from $24 – $74. Group rates are available. Messiah scores are available at the door for $10. 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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