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The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) continues its epic 50th Anniversary Season with a heartfelt two-part tribute to National Medal of Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen, the choir’s Composer In Residence from 1995 to 2001, the composer most closely associated with the renowned chorus and the most frequently performed American choral composer in modern history. The tribute begins with an exclusive screening of the award-winning documentary film “Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” and post-screening conversation with Lauridsen, film director Michael Stillwater and LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon on Friday, March 14, 2014, 8 pm, at the historic Alex Theatre in Glendale. The tribute concludes with the Chorale’s highly anticipated all-Lauridsen concert featuring some of his most well known works conducted by Gershon with one work accompanied by composer himself on piano on Sunday, March 16, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Lauridsen has been hailed for composing “radiantly beautiful music,” (Wall St. Journal) with “freshness and an affecting emotional pull to it that explains its popularity with singers and audiences across the pond” (Daily Telegraph).

The concert repertoire reflects the extremely fruitful relationship between the composer and the Chorale, which produced such sublime Lauridsen “hits” as O Magnum Mysterium and Lux Aeterna, resulting in the Chorale’s Grammy®-nominated best-selling recording Lux Aeterna (RCM 1998). The Chorale performs O Magnum Mysterium as well as such Lauridsen gems as Mid-Winter Songs, Ave Dulcissima Maria, Canticle/O Vos Omnes, Nocturnes, Madrigali and Les Chansons des Roses.

“Shining Night: A Portrait of Composer Morten Lauridsen” documents this LA-based living legend who spends summers composing on the remote Waldron Island in the Pacific Northwest, and features intimate interviews with him in California, Scotland and Washington, interwoven with performances of his masterworks and commentaries by music contemporaries. Revealed through the lens of his passion for nature and music, Lauridsen expresses a presence of fierce compassion and unwavering dedication to the craft of composition. Winner of two Best Documentary awards and an Audience Choice Award, the film was praised as ‘a heartening rarity’ by Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal.

Concert tickets ($29-$129) and film tickets ($15) are available at www.lamc.org or (213) 972-7282. The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The Alex Theatre is located at 216 North Brand Boulevard, Glendale, CA 91203.

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LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE PRESENTS
MATINEE AND EVENING PERFORMANCES OF
CARL ORFF’S SEMINAL CARMINA BURANA FEATURING
NOTED GUEST ARTISTS SOPRANO STACEY TAPPAN,
BARITONE JOSÉ ADÁN PÉREZ AND
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS

The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, continues its year-long 50th anniversary season celebration with back-to-back performances of Orff’s Carmina Burana, one of the most popular choral works of the 20th century, featuring the 115-voice chorus, noted guest artists Stacey Tappan, a “mellifluous” soprano (Wall St. Journal), José Adán Pérez, a “glorious baritone” (Bach Track), the ever-polished Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, Chorale member Timothy Gonzales, tenor, and a symphonic orchestra on Saturday, November 2, 2013, 2 pm, and Sunday, November 3, 2013, 7 pm, at Disney Hall. Verdi’s lush Te Deum, for double chorus and orchestra with roots in polyphony and Gregorian chant, opens the program.

A staple for the Chorale, Carmina Burana has been performed 16 times by the chorus and conducted by all four of its music directors over the past 50 years. A favorite in popular culture as well, it has been featured in such disparate films as The Last of the Mohicans, Speed and Excalibur and such television shows as Glee, The Simpsons and Survivor. The irreverent and dynamic work, based on a remarkable collection of 13th century writings by medieval poets, defrocked monks, vagabond scholars and minstrels, illuminates the bawdy and sensuous side of mankind. Written in 1936, when Orff was 41, it is perhaps the most recognized choral work of the 20th century. The majority of its movements are for chorus, which provides the musical heart of Carmina Burana and is a testament to Orff’s considerable skill in handling massed voices. Gershon last conducted the piece in 2005.

Tickets for Camina Burana 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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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. 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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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. 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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