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Adding a final flourish to the holiday season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, presents two concerts of Handel’s Messiah on Wednesday, December 17, 7:30 pm, and Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Featuring 40 members of the acclaimed chorus, orchestra and four gifted soloists from the Chorale’s ranks, the concert provides the opportunity to hear this riveting oratorio – rich with soaring high notes, powerful bass, majestic brass and lush orchestrations – performed by what many critics consider to be the best chorus in the country. The soloists are Christina Bristow, soprano; Niké St. Clair, mezzo soprano; Arnold Livingston Geis, tenor; and Chung Uk Lee, baritone. Composed in a mere 24 days, Handel’s 1741 English-language oratorio continues to be the composer’s most popular work and may be the most performed classical work of all time.

“Handel’s Messiah is the ultimate musical stocking stuffer,” says Gershon. “It is universally beloved and is thrilling to conduct, especially in Disney Hall with its unparalleled acoustics.”

The Messiah concerts are the last of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall in December. The choir’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; “Festival of Carols,” December 13, 2 pm; and “Rejoice: A Cappella Christmas,” December 14, 7 pm.

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.

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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale adds a generous dash of yuletide cheer with a matinee performance of its popular “Festival of Carols,” on Saturday, December 13, 2014, 2 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. New arrangements of such cherished Christmas carols as Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels We Have Heard on High, White Christmas and Silent Night – sung to savory perfection by 100 members of the Chorale under Artistic Director Grant Gershon’s baton – set a joyful tone, making this concert a highlight of the season. Pianist Lisa Edwards and organist John West, who performs on Disney Hall’s iconic pipe organ, add delightful sonic flourish to the concert. The program also features the live performance premiere of Eric Whitacre’s Glow, part of the Grammy Award-winning composer’s innovative “Virtual Choir” series, a global phenomenon in which singers from around the world record themselves singing one of his choral works and upload their videos online, which are synchronized and combined into a single performance. Originally featured as part of Disneyland’s® 2013 World of Color Winter Dreams show at Disney California Adventure® Park, the virtual version of Glow captivated audiences with video projections of a massive choir comprised of self-submitted videos of 1,473 singers from all 50 American States performing the work.

Stage & Cinema calls “Festival of Carols,” the second of four holiday programs presented by the Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Hall, “a stocking stuffer of a concert” filled with “nuggets of Noel gold.” The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings include the 34th Annual Messiah Sing-Along,” December 7, 7 pm; Rejoice! A Cappella Christmas, December 14, 7 pm; and two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 17, 7:30 pm, and December 21, 7 pm.

Tickets for Festival of Carols range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. 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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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.

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Friday, December 6, 2013, 8pm at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St., NYC

Sunday, December 8, 2013, 3pm at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W 71st St., NYC

FRANZ BIEBL Ave Maria
ROBERT S. COHEN I See
OLA GJELIO Ubi caritas
EDVARD GRIEG How Fair Is Thy Face
JOHN KARL HIRTEN Child of Sweetness
MOSES HOGAN Glory, Glory, Glory to the Newborn King
ROBERT SCHUNEMAN Do I Not Deal With Angels
ERIC WHITACRE A Boy and a Girl
ENGLISH CAROL ARR. J DAVID MOORE Gaudete
TRADITIONAL ARR. YOSEF HADAR Erev Shel Shoshanim
TRADITIONAL ARR. BOB CHILCOTT The Gift to Be Simple

Deborah Simpkin King (Artistic Director and Founder, Schola Cantorum on Hudson, and Co-Chair of the New York Choral Consortium) guest conducts the Manhattan Choral Ensemble in a holiday program centered around the theme of love, as realized through a diverse selection of readings and choral works, as well as Christmas carols to be sung by the audience and the choir.

Tickets: $30 Premium Reserved, $20 General, $15 Senior/Student

Purchase at the door or at ManhattanChoralEnsemble.org

 

 

 

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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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Sunday, December 18 at 3 pm, the Garden State Philharmonic will be presenting our Holiday Pops Spectacular.

Enter the spirit of the holidays with the Garden State Philharmonic, under the direction of Maestro Anthony LaGruth, featuring the vocal talents of Tenor Christopher Macchio. Holiday classics, old & new, performed in true POPS style.

This concert will be held at the Strand Theater in Lakewood N.J., a Historic National Landmark, built in 1922. Tickets start  $45 for a family of four (4).

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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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