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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual “Discover” program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Mozart’s incomparable and deeply moving Requiem in D minor with special guests Alison King, soprano; Emily Fons, alto; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Aubrey Allicock, bass; and the Los Angeles Master Chorale, on Thursday, February 19, 2015, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding of Mozart’s musical capstone and to appreciate the work with “new ears.” Kahane, lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times), explores a different work each year for LACO’s annual Discover concert. According to LA Opening Nights, “Some conductors are born educators, and Jeffrey Kahane is one of them.” Adding a special flourish to Kahane’s introduction to the work are Antaeus Company actors John Sloan (Mozart) and JD Cullum (Salieri).
After Mozart left his final work—a Requiem mass—in a tantalizing state of incompleteness at his death, his widow, Constanze, desperate for the full commission fee, turned to Franz Süssmayr, the composer’s friend, who delivered a completed score. Noted fortepianist and Mozart scholar Robert Levin published a new edition of the Requiem in the 1990s, about which The New York Times proclaimed, “Where Süssmayr was timid, Mr. Levin is bold. [His] daring approach makes Mozart’s Requiem sound more convincing structurally and more vibrant musically.” Kahane explores the chilling legend and score of the masterpiece Mozart wrote on his deathbed. After intermission, Kahane conducts Levin’s innovative completion of this heart-wrenching work, followed by a question and answer segment with the audience.
Tickets (starting at $25) are on sale now and may be purchased 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 ($12), based on availability, may be purchased at the box office the day of the concert.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), building upon its long history of presenting other children’s choirs from the U.S. and abroad, hosts the highly anticipated Southern California debut of the illustrious German boys and mens choir Windsbacher Knabenchor on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The exchange is part of Windsbacher’s 13-day U.S. tour, its first in 23 years, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s subsequent reunification. Noted for its distinctive soaring sound and invigorating performances, the choir, which hails from the town of Windsbacher, Germany, is under the direction of Martin Lehman. The concert also features LACC’s acclaimed Concert Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble. The three choirs perform separately, then combine forces for the finale to sing James Erb’s moving arrangement of Shenandoah. Last summer, LACC’s Concert Choir participated in a workshop and performance with Windsbacher Knabenchor while touring Germany.
Windsbacher Knabenchor’s broad repertoire spans the Baroque era to contemporary music, but for the performance, the choir performs mostly German a cappella sacred and secular music, selecting from such works as Pachelbel’s Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, Bach’s Ich Lasse Dich Nicht, and Bruckner’s Os justi, as well as German “hiking songs,” love songs and madrigals, among others.
LACC’s Concert Choir, conducted by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, highlights the season’s theme Celebrating American Song with performances of Copland’s Ching-a-ring chaw; a haunting setting of the prayer Ave Maria sung in Spanish composed by Bay Area artist, Henry Mollicone; and Guide Me as I Walk Along, a work sung by the Cherokee Nation during their displacement on the Trail of Tears, which the chorus will sing in Cherokee.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steven Kronauer, adds a Germanic touch performing such works as Bach’s Der Herr segne Euch, and Brahms’ Lass Dich nur nichts nicht dauren, as well as Jonah by renowned American composer Henry Leck.
“We are pleased to host this international choral exchange and welcome the esteemed Windsbacher Knabenchor to Southern California for the first time,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “These amazingly talented boys have captivated audiences around the globe.”
Founded in 1946 by Hans Thamm, Windsbacher Knabenchor, a “cultural ambassador“ of Nürnberg’s Metropolitan Region and a “trademark” of Franconia, acheived national and international renown under his successor, Karl-Friedrich Beringer. In 2012, Martin Lehmann was named conductor of the choir. Hailed for its musicality, precision and purity of sound, it regularly performs with such leading orchestras as the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, the Bamberger Symphoniker and the Akademie füralte Musik Berlin, and has appeared at such music festivals as the Rheingau Musikfestiva and the Bachwoche Ansbach. It has also toured Europe, Japan, North and South America, Israel, Australia, Taiwan, Singapore and the Peoples Republic of China. Its numerous CDs, radio broadcasts and television appearances have garnered raves from music critics and audiences alike.
In addition to its Southern California appearance, Windsbacher’s tour this fall includes performances in San Francisco and Berkeley, CA; Groton and Boston, MA; New Haven, CT; Philadelphia and Gettysburg, PA; and Washington, D.C. Windsbacher’s tour is supported by the Bavarian Ministry of Culture (“Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kultur”). The choir previously made its U.S. debut at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in 1986, returning there in 1991 for the Center’s German Festival.
The concert is free (suggested donation $10) and reservations are not required. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101. For more information about the concert and LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), led by highly regarded Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its agile bel canto sound that has made it one of the nation’s most in-demand children’s choirs, announces its 2014-15 season, entitled “Celebrating American Song…California and Beyond.” It spotlights the music of American composers, including several with strong California ties, among them John Adams, Philip Glass, Kirk Meechem, Terry Riley, David Montoya, Nick Strimple, Mark Grey, Wayne Brisbee, Abbie Betinis, David Brunner, Charles Ives, Brian Holmes and David Conte. The chorus also appears in a series of high profile engagements, continuing to build upon its longtime partnerships with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Jacaranda and Pasadena Symphony. Further expanding its reach, LACC makes its debut at Stanford University’s recently opened Bing Concert Hall, considered one of Northern California’s most outstanding new venues, celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beloved musical Fiddler on the Roof with Los Angeles’s historic Wilshire Boulevard Temple, and hosts Windsbacher Knabenchor, Germany’s famed boys choir. LACC, which serves children ages 6 to 18 from 50 Southland communities, is lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described as “hauntingly beautiful” (Los Angeles Times), “astonishingly polished” (Performances Magazine), “extraordinary in its abilities” (Culture Spot LA), and “one heck of a talented group of kids” (LA Weekly).
Among numerous season highlights, LACC offers its signature Winter Concert (December 7 and 14, 2014) and Spring Concert (May 3 and 10, 2015) at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, featuring works by eminent American composers from Boston’s William Billings, who lived and composed during the nation’s infancy from 1746 to 1800 and is considered America’s first choral conductor, to Abbie Betinis, a Minnesota-based 2009 McKnight Fellow whose music has been hailed by The New York Times as “inventive” and “richly melodic.” The programs’ a cappella pieces and works with minimal accompaniment provide a special opportunity
to hear the choir’s striking sound in its purest form.
With the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the chorus is featured at the Hollywood Bowl this summer in “John Williams: Maestro of the Movies,” conducted by five-time Academy Award-winner John Williams (August 29 and 30, 2014). In the second half of the season, LACC collaborates with the orchestra and guest conductor Susanna Mälkki on the West Coast premiere of a new multi-media production of Alice in Wonderland by Unsuk Chin with libretto by David Henry Hwang, crafted from Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, and multi-media component by innovative artist Netia Jones at Walt Disney Concert Hall (February 27, 2015).
LACC also hosts a choral exchange and concert with the illustrious German boys choir Windsbacher Knabenchor, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church (October 26, 2014). It also joins forces with the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Los Angeles’s oldest temple, to celebrate the 50th anniversary the hit musical Fiddler on the Roof (November 16, 2014), and appears with the renowned Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon, and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra in back-to-back historically informed performances of Bach’s seminal St. Matthew Passion at Walt Disney Concert Hall (January 31 and February 1, 2015). With Jacaranda, the celebrated music series presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, LACC is featured on its “Winter Dreams” program, singing Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols (December 6, 2014). It also rings in the season as part of the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church (December 13, 2014). Continuing to expand its reach, LACC presents the world premiere of a commission by Mark Gray, with libretto by Niloufar Talebi, at its highly anticipated debut at Stanford University’s Bing Concert Hall (April 19, 2015). It is also involved in a number of significant community partnerships with Verdugo Young Musicians Association, Kidspace Children’s Museum and ArtNight Pasadena, among others.
“These incredible artistic collaborations in conjunction with LACC’s own concert series provide a remarkable opportunity for our young singers to perform an extremely broad range of repertoire with some of the world’s leading conductors,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 22nd season with the organization. “These appearances go hand-in-hand with LACC’s comprehensive music education program that encourages a deeper appreciation of the choral art and the shared experience of creating fine choral music.”
The chorus’s level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC as its members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its premier Concert Choir, elite Chamber Singers and innovative Young Men’s Ensemble.
For children interested in joining LACC’s ranks, open auditions for the renowned chorus take place on June 4-7, 2015, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. No previous training in music or singing or audition preparations are required. Auditions for the Young Men’s Ensemble take place in mid-August.
LACC also offers its popular program First Experiences in Singing, eight- to ten-week, non-auditioned, non-performing classes that introduce six- and seven-year-old children to the wonders and excitement of singing and music. Classes are held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church each fall, spring and summer.
LACC’s 2014-2015 concert season and core educational program are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division. LACC is also deeply grateful to generous lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains the chorus’s annual choral music program for children.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, founded in 1986 and led by Tomlinson since 1995, LACC serves more than 400 children through six choirs and a First Experiences in Singing program. LACC, recipient of Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s highest choral honor, has toured North and South America, Africa, China, Australia and Europe. It appears on the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s critically acclaimed Decca recording A Good Understanding, and Plácido Domingo’s Deutsche Grammophon recording Amore Infinito (“Infinite Love”). The subject of a trilogy of documentaries by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Freida Mock, LACC is featured in the Academy Award-nominated Sing!, about a year in the life of the choir; Sing Opera!, documenting the production of the LACC-commissioned family opera Keepers of the Night; and Sing China!, chronicling its groundbreaking tour to China just prior to the Beijing Olympics. LACC has performed with John Mayer on NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and has also been featured on BBC Radio, and Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
For additional information on LACC, please call (626) 793-4321 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) is holding auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on Thursday, August 21, 2014, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, with appointments beginning at 4:30 pm. Candidates must prepare one solo art or folk song and will also be gauged on their ability to sing as part of an ensemble. Those interested in auditioning should be proficient in the fundamentals of music theory and musicianship. The vocal audition also includes a written music theory test and a sight-singing evaluation.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble is one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training, providing boys with essential tools to help them sing through their vocal transition and a forum where they can learn more about the healthy development of their maturing voices at their own pace in a fun, understanding and encouraging environment.
Kronauer notes that one of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir is adjusting to the needs of each individual voice to ensure that each boy sings in a range that is healthy for him.
Established in 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (5:30 – 7:15 pm) and features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards.
Among numerous highlights, YME has toured Germany, Austria, Italy and Alaska; performed with Cuba’s celebrated Sine Nomine and the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club; attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music; and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels and world famous tenor Ben Hepner.
Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Posted by s21concerts in Concert Announcement, tags: Aleck Karis, ayano kataoka, border issues, chamber music, classical music, concert, contemporary music, Cuatro Corridos, Downtown Los Angeles, human rights, human trafficking, LAFLA, legal aid foundation, new music, Pablo Gomez, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Susan Narucki, UCSD, US Mexico border
On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) will present Cuatro Corridos, a chamber opera addressing one of the most critical human rights issues of our time: human trafficking. Based on true events, the one-hour production tells the stories of women trapped in a cycle of prostitution and slavery in and around the San Diego/Tijuana border region and represents an unprecedented collaboration between internationally acclaimed Mexican and US-based creative artists.
The benefit event will take place at 7:30 p.m. at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles. Ticket price for the benefit is $100 and includes general admission to the performance and to the post performance reception. $75 of the ticket price is a tax-deductible contribution to LAFLA and will help support its services to victims of human trafficking who are forced to work in the sex trade, sweatshops, fields and even private homes under exploitative and abusive conditions and for meager or non-existent wages.
Celebrating its 85th anniversary as Los Angeles’ frontline law firm for poor and low-income people and communities, LAFLA’s services include a range of specialized legal services to aid and empower human trafficking victims to escape exploitation and pursue their legal rights. LAFLA’s Executive Director Silvia R. Argueta says of the event, “We feel that Cuatro Corridos is a beautiful, engaging, and innovative way for LAFLA to draw attention to this critical issue and rally support to help fight against this form of modern-day slavery and a humanitarian crisis that affects those most vulnerable among us.”
Led by Grammy Award winning soprano Susan Narucki and noted Mexican author Jorge Volpi, Cuatro Corridos features original music by composers Hilda Paredes, Arlene Sierra, Lei Liang and Hebert Vázquez. Three distinguished performers of new music, percussionist Ayano Kataoka, pianist Aleck Karis, and guitarist Pablo Gomez, accompany Narucki in sharing the compelling stories of four women whose lives are scarred by human trafficking.
Cuatro Corridos had its first performance at the Conrad Prebys Music Center at the University of California, San Diego in May, 2013, with subsequent performances in Tijuana, Dallas, and Albuquerque. The innovative project seeks to heighten public awareness about human trafficking by offering public forums in conjunction with performances. Cuatro Corridos has been the recipient of support from the MAP Fund for the Performing Arts/Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, UC MEXUS, and most recently, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 8 (by September 1, 2014) to 12 on June 5-8, 2014, in Pasadena. Previous singing experience is not necessary, but audition appointments are required.
LACC’s program focuses on training children who may not necessarily have had previous singing experience, but who love to sing. Successful candidates will demonstrate the ability to match pitch, follow instructions, and thrive in a structured, but supportive learning environment. Children audition in groups of five to ensure their comfort, and no preparation is necessary.
Under the artistic direction of Anne Tomlinson, Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, currently in its 28th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC comprises 6 progressively experienced choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 50 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s First Experiences in Singing classes for 6- and 7-year-olds offered in Pasadena.)
Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children starting in Apprentice Choir take musicianship classes (a seven level curriculum) and receive individual vocal training. They receive mid- and end-of-year evaluations as well. Repertoire is selected to fit each choir’s skill level and focuses on classical works, but also encompasses folk music from around the world, spirituals, gospel songs and jazz, as well as new music.
High-profile performance opportunities are an important and integral part of the program and include two culminating Winter and Spring concerts each year, plus performances at major civic events. LACC’s premier choirs perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, among other prestigious music presenters.
There is a $50 charge per audition. Audition scholarships are need-based and scholarship applications are available upon request. Auditions will be held at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, located at 585 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, California 91101. For more information or to make an audition appointment, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), considered one of the world’s leading children’s choirs, has received Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s top award for choral music. This extremely prestigious, one-time award is presented annually to an ensemble that demonstrates artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure and a commitment to outreach, educational and culturally diverse activities. Music Director Anne Tomlinson, who studied with Hillis at Northwestern University, will accept the award on behalf of LACC at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., June 12. News of the award comes in conjunction with the chorus announcing the details of its Spring Concert on May 11 and 18, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Tomlinson, who served as an intern under Hills from 1976 to 1978, says, “Los Angeles Children’s Chorus is extremely honored to receive this incredible award. It is also particularly meaningful to me on a personal level because of my close relationship with Ms. Hillis, who was both a thoroughly professional musician and a female pioneer in the choral music field. Her approach to learning music and her determination to achieve her goals serve as deep inspirations to me. If LACC and I in some way pay tribute to her ideals of musical and personal excellence, I am ever humbled. To have this award announced just prior to our Spring Concert adds special significance to the upcoming performance.”
In additional news, two world premieres highlight Los Angeles Children’s Chorus popular Spring Concert, which features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional on May 11 and 18, 2014, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The new works are by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale Swan Family Composer in Residence, heralded as “a major choral composer” (Examiner) who is setting “a new standard for American chorale music” (Culture Spot LA), and prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley, noted for her remarkable gift for melody and for sensitively interweaving text and music. Daley’s piece, an arrangement of the traditional French-Canadian Folk Song A la Claire Fontaine, was commissioned by LACC in honor of Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham’s 10th Anniversary with the chorus. Kirchner wrote A Mother’s Lament For the Death of Her Son, based on Robert Burns’ poem of the same name, on a commission from Antoinette Adams and Frederic Cohen for LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble (YME). Kirchner has also set the Burns poem Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes for YME.
In preparation for its tour to England and Germany this summer, the Concert Choir also performs several works by German composers, including J.S. Bach’s “Bist du bei mir,” a beautiful unison work, the text of which carries the spirit of comfort and peace at the close of life; and Mendelssohn’s Op. 39 No. 2, a striking motet for three-part treble voices. Other repertoire includes Brahms’s Op. 37 No. 3, a demanding setting for 4-part treble chorus with eloquent soprano and alto solos; “Liebe,” a three-part round in praise of music by Haydn; and Gamelan by Canadian composer Murray Schafer inspired by the sounds of the Javanese Gamelan.
Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steven Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.
LACC’s Spring Concert is made possible, in part, by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for LACO’s annual Discover program, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, “Eroica,” on Saturday, February 22, 2014, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s historic Ambassador Auditorium. The evening is designed to lead patrons to a greater understanding and appreciation of a musical touchstone that forever changed the nature of the symphony and to help them hear the work with “new ears.” Kahane begins by discussing how Beethoven’s innovative tour de force revolutionized the symphony form, illustrated by the Orchestra. After intermission, he conducts a performance of the full work, followed by a question and answer segment with the audience.
Kahane, lauded for his “eloquence” (The New York Times), explores a different work each year for LACO’s annual Discover concert. According to LA Opening Nights, “Some conductors are born educators, and Jeffrey Kahane is one of them.”
Tickets (starting at $25) are on sale now and may be purchased 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.
Equally at home at the keyboard or on the podium, JEFFREY KAHANE has established an international reputation as a truly versatile artist, recognized around the world for his mastery of diverse repertoire ranging from Bach, Mozart and Beethoven to Gershwin, Golijov and John Adams. The 2013-14 season marks Kahane’s 17th season as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s music director. He previously served as music director of the Colorado and Santa Rosa symphonies. He has garnered tremendous critical acclaim for his innovative programming and commitment to education and community involvement and received multiple ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming for his work in both Los Angeles and Denver. In addition to his programs and projects with LACO, recent and upcoming engagements include appearances at the Aspen, Mostly Mozart, Ravinia, Blossom, Music@Menlo, Chamber Music Northwest and Oregon Bach festivals; recitals in Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Carmel and at the Laguna Beach Festival; concerto performances with the Toronto, Indianapolis, Houston, Oregon and Colorado symphonies and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; play/conduct engagements the Philadelphia Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the San Francisco, National, Vancouver, Seattle and New Jersey symphonies; and conducting the New England Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Juilliard Orchestra at Lincoln Center. Kahane’s recent and upcoming European engagements include play/conduct programs with the Camerata Salzburg, Hamburg Symphony and the Real Filharmonía de Galicia in Spain as well as appearances at the Meck-Pomm Chamber Music Festival in Germany.
LOS ANGELES CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Since 1997, LACO has performed under the baton of acclaimed conductor and pianist Jeffrey Kahane, hailed by critics as “visionary” and “a conductor of uncommon intellect, insight and musical integrity” with “undeniable charisma.” Under Kahane’s leadership, the Orchestra maintains its status as a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. During its 45-year history, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming. Headquartered in downtown Los Angeles, LACO presents its Orchestral Series on Saturdays either at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium or Glendale’s Alex Theatre and on Sundays at UCLA’s Royce Hall; Baroque Conversations at downtown Los Angeles’ Zipper Concert Hall; Westside Connections chamber music series, designed to illustrate the relationship between music and other artistic disciplines, at the Moss Theater in Santa Monica; and an annual Discover concert, which features an in-depth examination that sheds new light on a single piece of music, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium. LACO also presents a Concert Gala, an annual Silent Film screening and several fundraising salons each year. Additionally, LACO outreach programs Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.
Cuban Choir Sine Nomine
The famed Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, launching the nine-member Havana-based choir’s first state-side tour. Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine performs jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices.
“It is an honor for Los Angeles Children’s Chorus to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”
Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine, which has become a vanguard among Cuban choirs, has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005), toured to Spain and Mexico, and been featured on several film soundtracks. In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir is being featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference. Sine Nomine’s tour is sponsored in part by ACFEA Tour Consultants.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, one of only a few choirs in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral art throughout middle and high school. It offers quality vocal and choral training along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. Established in 2009, YME features a specially tailored musicianship course and individualized vocal coaching sessions that adhere to LACC’s exceptionally high standards and rigor. Among numerous highlights, YME has toured to Germany, Austria and Italy and performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club and Harvard Glee Club.
Admission is free (suggested donation is $10). For information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county, spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten and the English choral tradition and also performs a compelling array of music from around the globe at its popular annual Winter Concert on Saturday, December 7, 7 PM, and Sunday, December 8, 2013, 7:30 PM, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The repertoire includes Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Friday Afternoons and selections from his extensive collection of folksong settings, as well as a selection of English carols and cathedral anthems from Sir David Willcocks, John Rutter and others.
LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham leads the Intermediate Choir, Diana Landis leads the Apprentice Choir, and Dr. Steve Kronauer conducts the Young Men’s Ensemble. The choirs will perform separately and combined.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. For tickets and information, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.