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Concerts on the Slope presents the world premiere of Composer-in-Residence Robert Sirota’s Spindrift. Sandbox Percussion, the visually and aurally stunning percussion quartet that commissioned Spindrift, will be performing the piece, as well as works by ensemble members Jonathan Allen and Victor Caccesse, plus works by David Crowell, Thomas Kotcheff, Natalie Dieterrich, Jason Treuting, and Lukas Ligeti. Concerts on the Slope performances are open to the public and no tickets are required; a free will donation is suggested. Sandbox Percussion is Jonathan Allen, Victor Caccese, Ian Rosenbaum, and Terry Sweeney.

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) opens the doors of Walt Disney Concert Hall to the public on Friday, May 2, 2014, 11 am and 1 pm, for two free concerts culminating the Chorale’s highly regarded High School Choir Festival, which this year features the world premiere of Es Tu Tiempo composed for the Festival’s 25th anniversary by 2011 MacArthur Fellowship recipient Francisco Núñez, artistic director of the Young Peoples Choir of New York City who is acclaimed for seamlessly fusing a wide gamut of cultural and musical idioms. The 11 am performance features a concert by the professional Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers under the direction of Associate Conductor Lesley Leighton. At 1 pm, one of the largest high school choir festivals in the nation showcases the remarkable vocal talents of nearly 1,000 students from 28 Southland high schools in a massive chorus conducted by LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon. The afternoon concert also includes three songs performed by the prestigious 80-voice Festival Honor Choir, comprised of students from the participating high schools who were nominated by their teachers.

“This is an amazing concert showcasing the extraordinary talents of the next generation of singers,” says Gershon. “When I hear these students perform, I know that the future of choral music is very bright.”

In addition to Núñez’s premiere, the massed chorus performs Hanacpachap cussicuinin by Juan Pérez Bocanegra, National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen’s Dirait-on, the old American folk song Zion’s Walls arranged by Aaron Copland, Rosephayne Powell’s The Word Was God, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah.

The Festival Honor Choir performs David Dickau’s Awake, My Heart, Eric Whitacre’s i will wade out, and the spiritual Hold On! arranged by Jester Hairston.

Participating choirs include Agoura High School Mixed Choir (Agoura), Chad Bloom, director; Arleta High School Concert Choir (Arleta), Greg Broadous, director; Arroyo High School Chamber Singers (El Monte), Jennifer Stanley, director; Bellflower High School Vocal Ensemble (Bellflower), Carolyn Kelley, director; Birmingham Community Charter High School (Lake Balboa), Michael Sufolk, director; California High School Chamber Singers (Whittier), Dan Hawkins, director; Charter Oak High School Advance Choral Ensemble (Covina), Rebecca Schmalzbach, director; Covina High School Voices (Covina), Susan Silver, director; Duarte High School Cantabile Singers (Duarte), Clari Hsu, director; Eagle Rock High School Vocal Ensemble (Eagle Rock), Rachel Lee, director; El Monte High School A Cappella Choir (El Monte), Joel Whisler, director; Fullerton Union High School Concert Choir (Fullerton), Scott Hedgecock, director; Glendale High School A Cappella Choir (Glendale), Grace Sheldon-Williams, director; and Glendora High School Royal Stewarts (Glendora), Brian Trevor, director.

Also featured are Granada Hills Charter High School Honor Choir (Granada Hills), Sarah White, director; Louisville High School Ensemble Royale (Woodland Hills), Maura Crawley, director; Loyola High School of Los Angeles Choir (Los Angeles), Steven Speciale, director; Mark Keppel High School Aztec Singers (Alhambra), Tony Azeltine, director; Montebello High School Golden Keys (Montebello), Jessie Flasschoen, director; Norwalk High School Singers (Norwalk), Nancy Lanpher, 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; Taft High School Vocal Ensemble (Woodland Hills), Tom Pease, director; Torrance High School Troubadours (Torrance), C. David Wright, director; Venice High School Allegros (Los Angeles), Wendy Samoff, director; West Torrance High School Aristocracy (Torrance), Kathleen Jensen, director; Wilson High School Chamber Singers (Long Beach), Curtis Heard, director.

The High School Choir Festival is a yearlong in-school program presented by the Chorale that includes intensive teacher training; classroom rehearsals and master classes for students and choral directors led by members of the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers; area rehearsals; a dress rehearsal and the culmination concert at Disney Hall.

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

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The American Youth Symphony (AYS), led by Music Director Alexander Treger and noted for its innovative programming and inspiring performances, celebrates its legacy of training exceptional musicians over the past 49 years, with “The Alumni Project,” honoring the orchestra’s numerous illustrious “graduates” on Sunday, April 13, 2014, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The concert, which concludes the season, features the orchestra’s 106 current members and a host of alumni, including acclaimed former concertmaster Nigel Armstrong, finalist in the 2011 Tchaikovsky Competition, performing Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, one of his largest operatic works, which is scored for 125 players and depicts the spectacular climb up an Alpine mountain from twilight to dusk. Treger also conducts Debussy’s tone-poem An Afternoon of a Faun, Chausson’s Poème, Op. 25, and Saint-Saëns’s Introduction et rondo capriccioso, Op. 28.

Armstrong, hailed as “gifted” and “blazing” (Chicago Tribune), is a California native and recent graduate of The Colburn School Conservatory of Music. He trained with the American Youth Symphony from 2008 to 2011 while studying at the Colburn Conservatory and won Fourth Prize at the Tchaikovsky Competition in 2011. He continues his ascent to international fame sharing his many talents in tango, bluegrass and classical music performances around the world.

““It is an honor to have Nigel and so many other estemmed American Youth Symphony alumni join the orchestra for this special concert,” says Treger. “It provides a great mentorship opportunity for our current players to have the opportunity to share their stands with these top professionals.”

AYS has trained more than 2,300 musicians since it was founded, and many of its alumni hold principal positions with the world’s top orchestras, the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphony, among them. Additionally, AYS’s free concert series, which has drawn more than a quarter of a million people to the Royce Hall since its inception, provides vital music outreach to the community.

Reservations are recommended but not required for the American Youth Symphony’s free concert at Royce Hall. Royce Hall is located on the campus of UCLA at 10745 Dickson Plaza in Westwood, CA, 90095. For more information, please call (310) 470-2332 or log on to

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

Alex Treger, Music Director, American Youth Symphony

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Monday, November 5, 2012, 7:30 PM. Music Mondays presents In the Tempest: Music of Thomas Adès, hosted by Thomas Adès. Composer, conductor, pianist, and youngest ever winner of the Grawemeyer Award, Thomas Adès takes the podium at the Metropolitan Opera this fall to conduct his own opera The Tempest; come hear this fascinating exploration of his chamber music, hosted by the composer. Both “viscerally appealing” (New York Times) and full of bewitching sonorities, Adès’s artistic voice is admired the world over.

Adès | Court Studies from the Tempest
Adès | Cardiac Arrest
Adès | Catch
Adès | Life Story
Adès – Couperin | Les baricades mistérieuses
Debussy | Cello Sonata
Janáček | Violin Sonata
Performers include:
Todd Palmer, clarinets
Miranda Cuckson, violin
Julia Bruskin, cello
Taka Kigawa, piano
Aaron Wunsch, piano
Advent/ Broadway Church, 2504 Broadway at 93rd St., New York, NY 10025
Free concert

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Monday, October 25, 2010 at 8 p.m.

Frederick Loewe Theatre
35 West Fourth Street
New York, NY

This concert is presented by New York University as part of its Distinguished Faculty series.  It is open to the public and admission is free.

The program features the Sonata No. 1 in G Major, Op. 78 by Johannes Brahms, the Sonata for Violin and Piano by Leos Janacek, Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op. 7 by Anton Webern and the Sonata No. 9 (“Kreutzer”), Op. 47 by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Stephanie Chase is “one of the violin greats of our era.” — Newhouse Newspapers

“Pianist William Wolfram combined elegance and clarity in his playing, with the virile, propulsive energy and mercurial shifts of mood needed to make this music come to life.” — Jules Langert, San Francisco Classical Voice

For more information about this event, call (212) 998-5424 or visit the NYU calendar at  For more information about Stephanie Chase, please visit

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