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Frankenstein: Of Monsters and Men, a major new oratorio with powerful themes of rejection, misunderstanding and regret composed by 100 high school students from downtown Los Angeles’ Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts and based on Mary Shelley’s classic 1818 novel, is being premiere by the students in conjunction with the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, instrumentalists and soloists in free matinee and evening performances on Thursday, February 20, 2014, at noon, and Friday, February 21, and 7 pm, at the high school’s main auditorium. (Ample free on-site parking is available.) Compelling arias and rousing choruses tell the dark gothic tale of the eccentric scientist Victor Frankenstein, who creates a grotesque monster during a laboratory experiment, and then, horrified by the result, regrets giving life to the creature he just made. The students composed the melodies and lyrics for the oratorio, which is told in several musical movements. The performances are the culmination of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning “Voices Within” artists-in-residence program, designed to foster collaboration among students to create and perform their own original choral works.
Shelley’s novel, written when she was only 21 years old, resonates with students on a variety of levels. For the oratorio, students have focused on Shelley’s theme of being outcast as their libretto portrays the tale of a lonely creature shunned by his creator and misunderstood and feared by everyone else.
The 9th through 12th grade students worked closely over a 20-week period with the guidance and mentorship of singer Alice Kirwan Murray, lyricist Doug Cooney and composer Jonathan Beard, as well as their own choir teachers, Desiree Fowler and Stormy Sacks. They learned how to adapt a classic work of literature, write a libretto based on the adaptation and create the melodies and harmonic structure for each movement of the oratorio. They also learned techniques for capturing the “voice” of the characters and how to propel the momentum of the plot and paint the mood of a scene. After the work was completed, students auditioned for feature roles and received vocal coaching to prepare for the culmination performance. This is the fourth year LAMC has offered its “Voices Within” program at the school.
An oratorio is an extended musical composition with a text dramatic in character for solo voices, chorus and orchestra, performed with minimal action, costume and scenery. Complex and sophisticated musical works, they challenge even season composers, making the student’s accomplishments particularly noteworthy.
This massive undertaking is an extension of the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s award-winning music education program, “Voices Within,” which was originally designed to teach fifth graders collaborative and compositional skills by composing and performing their own original songs and has engaged over 25,000 children and created over 350 original songs since its launch in 2001.
Encouraged by previous successful collaborations involving elementary and middle school students, and with the support of the California Arts Council’s Artists-in-School Program, the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Los Angeles Master Chorale adapted the “Voices Within” curriculum to address the advanced maturity of high school students, specifically choral students at the new visual and performing arts high school in downtown LA.
The concert is free, and seating is first come, first served. Cortines High School for Visual and Performing Arts is located at 450 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Campus parking is free (enter on Cesar Chavez Avenue).
Acclaimed harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell, founder and music director of Cleveland’s Apollo’s Fire makes her Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra debut when she conducts concertos by Vivaldi, Bach and Boccherini at LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” series on Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Sorrell, who “forges a vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music,” according to BBC Music Magazine, leads Principal Cello Andrew Shulman, Cello Trevor Handy, Principal Violin II Josefina Vergara and Flute Sandy Hughes in Vivaldi’s Concerto grosso in B minor (arr. Sorrell) after Sonata in B minor, Op. 1, No. 12, RV 63 (“La Follia”), and Concerto in G minor for Two Cellos, RV 531; Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050; and Boccherini’s “Fandango” (arr. Sorrell) after Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G. 448.
LACO’s highly regarded “Baroque Conversations,” now it its eighth year, explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period. This year the series spotlights how Baroque composers transformed a simple theme or melody into grand, complex and intricate variations and great music. 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. A complimentary wine reception for all ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
Three additional “Baroque Conversations” concerts take place on March 27, April 17 and May 1, 2014.
Tickets for individual concerts (beginning at $55) 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. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office one hour before the 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.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s (LACO) enlightening “Baroque Conversations” series showcasing exceptional Baroque gems concludes with a program of works by Bach and two of his sons on Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7 pm, at Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. LACO Concertmaster Margaret Batjer leads the Orchestra from the first chair in all four works on the program and doubles as the violin soloist for the concluding work, Johann Sebastian Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042. A second JS Bach concerto, Oboe d’amore Concerto in A major (orig. Harpsichord Concerto No. 4), BWV 1055, features LACO Principal Oboe Allan Vogel. Also highlighted are the Sinfonia in D major, Op. 3, No. 1, by Bach’s 11th and youngest son, Johann Christian Bach, and the Sinfonia in D minor, “Adagio and Fugue,” FK 65, by his second son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach.
Critics have called Batjer an “impressive,” “world class” violinist who plays with “panache…spirit and mastery.” Vogel has been hailed as “an aristocrat of his instrument” and “undoubtedly one of a few world masters.”
In addition to the performance, the event includes an engaging discussion by the artists of the program and audience questions. A complimentary wine reception for ticket holders begins at 6 pm.
LACO’s “Baroque Conversations” explores the genesis of orchestral repertoire from early Baroque schools through the pre-classical period, this season spotlighting the musical legacy of JS Bach and his sons.
Tickets ($55) 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. Student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.
MARGARET BATJER has served as concertmaster of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1998. Throughout her successful career as soloist, chamber musician, teacher and concertmaster, she has established herself as a versatile and respected artist worldwide. Batjer made her first solo appearance at the age of 15 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO). She has since returned to the CSO and soloed with a succession of major orchestras, including The Philadelphia Orchestra and the St. Louis, Seattle and Dallas symphony orchestras. Batjer has performed with such European ensembles as the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Prague Chamber Orchestra and Berlin Symphony Orchestra. As an esteemed chamber musician, she appears regularly at the Marlboro Music Festival, La Jolla Summerfest, Salzburg Festival, and Italy’s Naples and Cremona festivals. In 2008, she developed LACO’s acclaimed chamber music series, Westside Connections. Among her many noteworthy recordings, Batjer has twice recorded Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins: for the Philips label with Salvatore Accardo and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, and in 2003, paired as soloist with Hilary Hahn for Deutsche Grammophon with Jeffrey Kahane conducting the LA Chamber Orchestra. Batjer is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music where she studied with Ivan Galamian and David Cerone. She joined the faculty of the USC Thornton School of Music in 2005.
Margaret Batjer Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Concertmaster
The Los Angeles Master Chorale opens the doors of the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the city free-of-charge for its 24th Annual Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival on Friday, April 26, 2013. One of the largest high school choir festivals in the nation, each year it showcases the remarkable vocal talents of nearly 1,000 high school students from 25 Southland schools in a massive choir conducted by Grant Gershon, the LA Master Chorale’s noted music director. The choral concert also includes several works performed by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers, which joins forces with the prestigious 80-voice Festival Honor Choir, also conducted by Gershon and comprised of students from the 25 participating schools nominated by their teachers. The community is welcome to enjoy the vitality and power of these young voices raised in song in the splendor of Disney Hall. For those who haven’t had the chance to peek inside architect Frank Gehry’s iconic concert hall in downtown Los Angeles, this is an amazing opportunity to hear and see the internationally acclaimed venue in action – for free!
The massed choir performs If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau set to text from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night; the spiritual Keep Your Lamps arranged by André Thomas; Son de Camaguey, a Cuban folk song arranged by Stephen Hatfield; The Promise of Light by Los Angeles-based composer Georgia Stitt; Johannes Brahms’s Der Gang zum Liebchen; and George Frideric Handel’s Baroque gem With Cheerful Notes Let All the Earth.
The Festival Honor Choir and Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers perform Sure on This Shining Night by National Medal of Arts recipient Morton Lauridsen; Ricky Ian Gordon’s New Moon, which features lyrics by American poet Langston Hughes; and Panda Chant II by avant-garde multi-disciplinary artist Meredith Monk.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale High School Choir Festival is one of the largest high school choir gatherings in the nation. It draws schools from the South Bay, San Fernando Valley and Westside to the San Gabriel Valley, Lakewood and Orange County.
Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), John Mosley, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Baldwin Park High School (Baldwin Park), Vicki Salmon, director; Bassett High School Chamber Singers (La Puente), Nona Watson, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Charter Oak High School Advanced Choral Ensemble (Covina), Rebecca Schmalzbach, director; Covina High School Voices (Covina), Susan Silver, director; Culver City High School Chamber Singers (Culver City), Dr. Tony Spano, director; Duarte High School Cantabile (Duarte), Clari Hsu, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union High School Vocal Ensemble (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Grant High School Vocal Ensemble (Valley Glen), Marsha Lynne Taylor, director; Hoover High School Chamber Singers (Glendale), Beth Richey-Sullivan, director; Lakewood High School Madrigal Singers (Lakewood), Ralph Siemsen, director; Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers (Alhambra), Tony Azeltine, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Nancy Schwartz, director.
Also featured are Narbonne High School Vocal Ensemble (Harbor City), Carol J. Levin, director; Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Varsity Singers (Rolling Hills Estates), Dan Doctor, director; Ramón C. Cortines High School for the Arts Music Academy Concert Choir (Los Angeles), Desiree Fowler, director; San Gabriel High School Matador Choir (San Gabriel), Cecilia Revilla, director; South High School Southland Singers (Torrance), Elizabeth Turner, director; St. Monica Academy High School Choir (Pasadena), Stephen Grimm, director; William Howard Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Kornbeck, director.
The yearlong in-school program presented by the Chorale has five components. Several months prior to the festival, all participating Choral Directors meet with Gershon to review the repertoire he has selected. Directors then work in the classroom with their choirs on the music. During the spring, members from the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, the Chorale’s outreach ensemble, visit participating choirs and conduct masterclasses for the students and directors. A month before the festival, each school attends one of two area rehearsals conducted by Gershon, who works with the singers on their musicianship, musical interpretation and tone balance. The joint rehearsals also provide an opportunity for the students to sing as part of a much larger choir in preparation for the festival, which is the final component of the outreach program. Then, on the day of the festival, all of the schools join together for the first time and Gershon conducts a final dress rehearsal and concert, which is free to the public.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s High School Choir Festival is FREE and seating is first come, first served. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in Los Angeles. For information, please call (213) 972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org/HSCF.
LA Master Chorale Presents Free Annual High School Choir Festival Concert
The first concert of Le Salon de Musiques’ 3rd season on October 14 will feature GLINKA’s Serenade for Piano Sextet on Theme from Bellini and LYAPUNOV’s Piano Sextet op 63, which is a US PREMIERE. The concert will be introduced by musicologist Julius Reder Carlson and performed by ROGER WILKIE and SARAH THORNBLADE on Violins, BRIAN DEMBOW on Viola, RON LEONARD on Cello, NICO ABONDOLO on Bass and GAVIN MARTIN on Piano. The performance will be followed by a one-hour informal conversation between the musicians and the audience where they can share ideas, concepts and impressions about the music performed while sipping French Champagne and enjoying a gourmet buffet prepared by Patina.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Fifth Floor
135 North Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
October 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm
GLINKA : Serenade for Piano Sextet on Theme from Bellini
LYAPUNOV: Piano Sextet op 63 USA PREMIERE
ROGER WILKIE (Violin), SARAH THORNBLADE (Violin),
BRIAN DEMBOW (Viola), RON LEONARD (Cello), NICO
ABONDOLO (Bass), GAVIN MARTIN (Piano)
Tickets: $65.00 per person $45.00 for students
There is a 10% discount if tickets are purchased for three or more concerts And a 20% discount for a full season subscription
Contact: www.leSalondeMusiques.com or (310) 498--0257
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.