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Los Angeles Master Chorale Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Los Angeles Master Chorale Celebrates 50th Anniversary


The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s year-long 50th anniversary season shifts into high gear with “Golden on Grand,” a spectacular black-tie gala extravaganza celebrating the Chorale’s remarkable musical legacy over the past five decade, on Saturday, January 25, 2014, at 6 pm. 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 for 37 years, from 1964 to 2003, until it moved to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 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.

“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.”

Gala Committee Co-Chairs are Annette Ermshar, Ph.D., and Joyce Nores. Patron Co-Chairs are Carol and Warner Henry, and Laney and Tom Techentin. Auction Co-Chairs are Marguerite Marsh, Ph.D., and Sonia Randazzo. Gala Committee Members include Carmen Apodaca, Alice Coulombe, Agnes Lew, Marjorie Lindbeck, Marian Niles, Susan Olsen and Katy Tucker.

The gala is part of a special weekend-long 50th anniversary celebration that also includes two performances of Bach’s incomparable B Minor Mass conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon and featuring a musical force of 115 singers from the Chorale plus a symphonic orchestra on Saturday, January 25, 2 pm, and Sunday, January 26, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Bach’s masterpiece, an “astonishing work” that holds “a monumental place in music history” (New York Times), is the first piece the Chorale performed on its inaugural concert in 1965 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Concert tickets range from $29 – $129.

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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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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