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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.
Jennifer C. Terry
Attorney Jennifer C. Terry has been named Chair of the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs. The La Canada resident has served on LACC’s Board of Directors since 2009 and is parent of two LACC choristers. A partner in the Labor & Employment group at the law firm Arent Fox LLP in Los Angeles, Terry succeeds Joanne Crawford-Dunér.
“I am truly pleased by Jenny’s appointment,” says LACC Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “Her deep commitment to LACC, both as a dynamic and incisive Board member and as an LACC parent, combined with her passion, strategic vision and exceptional leadership qualities will be invaluable in guiding LACC’s continued growth. The families, staff and Board of LACC also acknowledge Joanne, her predecessor, with tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service.”
“It is an honor to serve LACC in my new capacity as Chair,” says Terry. “The foundation of LACC’s phenomenal success and highly deserved international reputation is the exceptional training that Anne Tomlinson and her dynamic artistic staff provide LACC’s choristers. They spark in the young singers a passion for music while promoting healthy vocal techniques and fostering critical and transformative life skills. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated Board of Directors and staff to ensure LACC’s continued legacy of artistic excellence.”
JENNIFER TERRY’s civil litigation practice focuses on management side employment defense, particularly in California involving disability, race, age, and gender discrimination, retaliation, sexual harassment and wrongful termination. She is also the commercial advisor to the food division of a major confectionary manufacturer, and has significant experience drafting commercial contracts. Terry previously served as a federal district court law clerk to the Honorable J. Thomas Greene in the US District Court for the District of Utah and is fluent in Spanish.
LOS ANGELES CHILDREN’S CHORUS is acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county. It has been lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics 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). Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC’s roster includes more than 375 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program. LACC performs with such leading organizations as LA Opera, LA Phil, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, LA Master Chorale, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Pasadena Symphony and POPs, Jacaranda, MUSE/IQUE, and Calder Quartet, and 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 Lee 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 LACC’s 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 was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits. Open auditions for LACC take place each June. First Experiences in Singing is a non-auditioned program for 6-7 year olds that serves as an enriching and fun music introduction for children.
For more information on Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, please call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org.
Mezzo-Soprano Laurie Rubin
The Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, led by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane, presents the highly anticipated U.S. premiere of the orchestral version of Bruce Adolphe’s Do You Dream in Color?, a powerful work set to a poem about living without sight written by rising mezzo-soprano Laurie Rubin. Born blind, Rubin, a 1997 Music Center Spotlight Awards winner, joins LACO for the premiere, marking her LACO debut, on Saturday, October 19, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, October 20, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. French cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras, who wowed audiences and critics alike at USC’s 2012 Piatigorsky International Cello Festival, makes his LACO debut in Haydn’s exceptionally demanding Cello Concerto in C major, believed lost until discovered in Prague in 1961. Kahane also conducts Mozart’s light-hearted Serenata Notturna, K. 239, and opens the program with Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, the work that catapulted Britten into the international limelight. The concert is part of the noted citywide “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration” curated by LA Opera.
Adolphe, a great admirer of Rubin’s voice who approached her about a possible collaboration, explains the genesis of Do You Dream in Color?: “I asked Laurie to express in words what it feels like to live without sight so I could set it in music.” Rubin wove her singular experiences into the poem, ranging from how she applies make-up and makes jewelry to her joy at a young fan’s request that she sign a program. Rubin recorded Adolphe’s song with solo piano for Bridge Records.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists. In conjunction with the Britten centenary celebrations, Kahane discusses Benjamin Britten and his musical legacy. Additionally, composer Bruce Adolphe speaks about his composition for Rubin and a representative from Braille Institute, one of LACO’s community partners, talks about Braille music notation. Braille Institute is also providing a special display of collograms, a type of textural printmaking, inspired by Rubin’s poem and Adolphe’s work. The Royce Hall concert is sponsored, in part, by the Sidley Austin Foundation.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established as well as notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.
Tickets, starting at $25, are on sale now and may be purchased online at laco.org, by calling LACO at 213 622 7001. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral series concerts, Discover Beethoven’s Eroica and three Westside Connections concerts.
MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, deconstructs Beatles music through classical, alt-country, gospel, rock and soul filters when it launches its 2013-14 “Uncorked” series with “Self/Titled: The Beatles, The White Album, The Rose Palace,” featuring GLEE star Kevin Michael McHale on Monday, October 14, 2013, 7:30 pm, at Phoenix Decorating Company’s Rose Palace Warehouse in Pasadena, which houses up to a dozen mammoth Rose Parade floats in various states of construction. Artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby curates an evening of Beatles music under MUSE/IQUE’s entertaining “microscope” with such classics as “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da!,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Rocky Raccoon,” “Blackbird,” and “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Joining McHale, who plays wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams in FOX’s award winning TV show, on the roster of special guests is the Charlie Greene Band, noted for its soulful swamp pop and alt-country; a string quartet led by MUSE/IQUE Violinist Julie Rogers; electric guitarist Michael Brook; and a sextet from Pasadena’s Selah Gospel Choir, acclaimed for its “emotive and bewitching” performances. A complimentary pre-concert cocktail hour for ticket holders begins at 6:30 pm followed by the 7 pm concert.
“The Rose Palace’s industrial space, with its looming floats-in-progress, and our eclectic group of guest artists casting contemporary light on Beatles’ music perfectly frame MUSE/IQUE’s ‘take’ on the Beatles as we examine the brilliant construction of their songs and the counter-conventional influences that inspired their music towards the later stages of the band’s career,” says Worby.
The Beatle’s White Album, hailed by critics as one of the greatest albums of all time, has sold more than 20 million copies since the double recording was released in 1968 when the British pop group was at the pinnacle of its global influence.
MUSE/IQUE’s “Uncorked” series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts and Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.
The Rose Palace is located at 835 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena California 91103. Parking is available at the Fillmore Station parking structure at 750 South Raymond Avenue (about 1/2 block away with an entrance on the east side of Raymond Avenue just sound of Fillmore Street). Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets are also free with MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $125 to $1,000 and includes a variety of special benefits. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
“Glee” star Kevin Michael McHale
MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events curated by noted artistic director/conductor Rachael Worby, launches its 2013-14 season with “Free For All,” a free family-friendly concert in which jazz, hip hop and orchestral music collide to create a rocking dance party held in conjunction with “ArtNight Pasadena,” on Friday, October 11, 2013, 6 to 9 pm, on the plaza of the Pasadena Civic Center. The annual evening features members of the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra and Double G NineNet, comprised of members of the daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, a genre-bending, culture-blending “United Nations of music” led by Geoff Gallegos (Double G). Adding to the lively musical mix of jazz, hip hop, Beatles tunes and more, are a crew of dancers, as well as face painting and other special activities for children. Parsons Corporation is sponsoring all of MUSE/IQUE’s education and community programs, including this concert.
“Double G NineNet will have people dancing in the street, literally, perfectly embodying MUSE/IQUE’s own unique sensibilities with its tremendous energy, genre-defying sound and infectious music that appeals to people of all ages,” says Worby.
The LA-based daKAH Hip Hop Orchestra, founded in 1999, presents hip-hop in symphonic form by musicians from wildly diverse musical backgrounds, cultural experiences, artistic tastes and lifestyles who share outstanding musical dexterity and a spirit of curiosity and collaboration. They include formally trained musicians as well as those who are self-taught and others from jazz and contemporary traditions. The orchestra’s first studio album is Unfinished Symphony.
Reservations for “Free for All” are not necessary. The Pasadena Civic Center Plaza is located at 300 E. Green Street, Pasadena, CA, 91101. For more information about MUSE/IQUE, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) – led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson and acclaimed for its pure, agile, bel canto sound that has made it one of the most in-demand children’s choirs in the county – announces its 2013-14 season, entitled “Legacies Unleashed,” which spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten and the English choral tradition. The chorus also presents two world premieres and a broad range of other musical genres demanding remarkable vocal versatility and technical skill from LACC’s accomplished young choristers, who range in age from 6 to 18. It appears with such leading music organizations as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Pasadena Symphony and POPs, the Harvard Glee Club and Scripps College Chamber Singers, performing repertoire ranging from Mozart and Orff to Britten and Bizet, and performs under the batons of famed conductors Plácido Domingo, Gustavo Dudamel, James Conlon, Grant Gershon and Grant Cooper. Additionally, the famed children’s chorus presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, one of Cuba’s premiere men’s choirs, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suarez Dulzaides, as part of the 12-member, Havana-based choir’s first U.S. tour.
Among its diverse engagements, LACC offers its signature Winter and Spring Concerts, which include two world premieres – one by Shawn Kirchner, Composer in Residence for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and one by prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley. LACC choristers appear in three LA Opera productions at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion – Bizet’s Carmen, conducted by Plácido Domingo, Mozart’s Magic Flute and Britten’s Billy Budd, both conducted by James Conlon. The chorus also joins the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, for back-to-back performances of Orff’s seminal Carmina Burana at Walt Disney Concert Hall; and performs with the Harvard Glee Club at Altadena Community Church and the Scripps College Chamber Singers at Garrison Theatre in Claremont. In addition, LACC makes its third appearance on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious “Sounds About Town” series, performing Britten’s War Requiem with the Colburn Orchestra and members of the USC Thornton Symphony, conducted by Conlon in the chorus’ Segerstrom Hall debut, followed by a second performance at Disney Hall; and rings in the season as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s “Christmas with Gustavo,” also at Disney Hall, and the Pasadena Symphony’s popular “Holiday Candlelight” concert led by conductor Grant Cooper at Pasadena’s All Saints Church.
Extending its artistic reach to other arts and civic organizations as well, LACC appears at the Pasadena Community Foundation Gala, performs at the grand opening of the 17,500-square-foot Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall at the Skirball Center, and joins Burt Bacharach and four other local choirs at the Community Interfaith Unity Choral Concert celebrating the completion of the extensive renovation of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s historic sanctuary.
“Los Angeles Children’s Chorus continues to build upon its strong tradition of compelling collaborations with other organizations,” says Tomlinson, currently in her 21st season with the organization, the last 18 as Artistic Director. “These diverse partnerships, as well as LACC’s own concert programs and the world premieres we are presenting, require an extremely broad range of repertoire that showcases the choristers’ remarkable artistic abilities and strong commitment to musical excellence.”
The chorus’ level of excellence is particularly notable because, unlike adult choirs, each fall marks a new beginning – literally – for LACC, which comprises children ages 6 to 18, as members advance through LACC’s training ensembles to its elite Concert Choir and Chamber Singers.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus – lauded as “one of the world’s foremost children’s choirs” (Pasadena Star News), and described by critics 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) – is recognized throughout the country for its exceptional artistic quality and technical ability. Founded in 1986 and led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson since 1996, LACC’s roster includes more than 375 children ages 6 to 18 from more than 50 communities across Los Angeles in six choirs and First Experiences in Singing program. LACC 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 Lee 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 LACC’s 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 was featured on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated show “From the Top,” among other credits.
PERFORMANCES DETAILED CHRONOLOGICALLY
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus makes it first of three LA Opera appearances this season in Bizet’s Carmen, a riveting drama of love and jealousy directed by Trevore Ross and conducted by Plácido Domingo (September 21, 29; October 1, 6, 2013) and Grant Gershon (September 26, 28; October 4, 2013) at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.
On September 29, 2013, LACC does double duty, performing with Burt Bacharach and four other local choirs at the Community Interfaith Choral Concert celebrating the completion of the extensive multi-million dollar restoration of the 1,658-seat circa 1929 sanctuary of the Wilshire Boulevard Temple, the oldest Jewish congregation in Los Angeles.
LACC performs at two other notable community engagements – the Pasadena Community Foundation’s 60th Anniversary Gala on October 5, 2013, and the grand opening of the 17,500-square-foot Guerin Pavilion and Herscher Hall at the Skirball Center on October 19, 2013.
The chorus joins the Los Angeles Master Chorale, led by Grant Gershon, for back-to-back performances of Orff’s seminal Carmina Burana on November 2 and 3, 2013, at Walt Disney Concert Hall, and performs with the elite Scripps College Chamber Singers on November 10, 2013, at Garrison Theatre in Claremont.
LACC choristers appear in LA Opera’s production of Mozart’s enchanting Magic Flute conducted by James Conlon, which features the U.S. debut of a highly inventive staging created by director Barrie Kosky in combination with the British theatre group “1927.” The production runs for six performances at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, November 23, 30; and December 5, 8, 11, 15, 2013.
On November 24, 2013, LACC makes its third appearance on the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s prestigious “Sounds About Town” series, performing Britten’s masterpiece War Requiem with the Colburn Orchestra and members of the USC Thornton Symphony conducted by Conlon featured first at Segerstrom Hall, followed by a second performance on November 25, 2013, at Disney Hall.
LACC returns home to present its popular annual Winter Concerts at Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where the chorus is based, December 7 and 8, 2013, at 7 PM and 7:30 PM respectively. 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 and John Rutter.
Adding a merry note to holiday festivities, LACC decks the hall in four performances of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s new seasonal offering “Christmas with Gustavo,” under Maestro Gustavo Dudamel, December 12-15, 2013, at Disney Hall.
The Pasadena Symphony also taps LACC for its sixth guest appearance in matinee and evening performances of its popular Holiday Candlelight concert led by conductor Grant Cooper on December 14, 2013, 4 PM and 7 PM, at Pasadena’s All Saints Church. The program, also featuring soprano Susan Egan, the beloved Donald Brinegar Singers and the LA Bronze Handbell Choir, rings in the holidays by candlelight in the church’s exquisite and acoustically sonorous setting.
LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble begins the New Year with a joint performance with the acclaimed Harvard Glee Club, under the director of Andrew Clark, at Altadena Community Church on Friday, January 17, 2014.
Continuing its string of prominent collaborations, on February 15, 2014, the famed children’s chorus presents the highly anticipated Los Angeles debut of Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine (CVSN), one of Cuba’s premiere men’s choirs, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suarez Dulzaides, as part of the 12-member, Havana-based choir’s first U.S. tour. LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices, hosts the concert and also performs with the Cuban choir. Since its concert debut in 2004, CVSN it has toured to Spain and Mexico, won prizes in the CUBADISCO 2005 and 2009 festivals, and been featured on several film soundtracks.
Britten’s Billy Budd, based on Herman Melville’ powerful novella, is the third LA Opera production featuring LACC this season. James Conlon conducts the production staged by Francesca Zambello, one of the most dynamic directors on the international opera scene, which runs for six performances February 22; and March 2, 5, 8, 13 and 16, 2014.
This spring Los Angeles Children’s Chorus hosts its annual Gala Bel Canto, which shines the spotlight on distinguished honorees from the worlds of the arts, philanthropy and the chorus’ alumni community, draws supporters from across the Southland and spotlights the remarkable talents of LACC’s choristers (date and other details TBA). Proceeds from the event benefit the chorus’ artistic, educational and scholarship programs.
Two world premieres highlight LACC’s popular Spring Concert, which features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional at Pasadena Presbyterian Church May 11 and 18, 2014. The new works, commissioned by LACC are by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale 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 sensitively interweaving text and music. Other repertoire includes Holst’s Ave Maria for double choir; madrigals by British composers Weekles, known for his exquisite vocal works; pieces by Morley, the first of the great madrigalists; as well as folksongs and art works by Purcell and Vaughan Williams.
Next summer, LACC continues its proud tradition of touring nationally and internationally, reaching a global audience with its remarkable artistry. (Tour locations and dates to be announced.)
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra launches its 2013-14 season with “Beethoven, Mozart, Lutosławski & Kodály,” a dynamic program brimming with youth conducted by Music Director Jeffrey Kahane and featuring 24-year-old violinist Benjamin Beilman, lauded by The New York Times for his “handsome technique,” on Saturday, September 21, 8 pm, at Pasadena’s Ambassador Auditorium, and Sunday, September 22, 7 pm, at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Beilman, making his LACO debut, performs Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219, “Turkish,” written when the composer was just 19 years old. Kahane also conducts Beethoven’s Twelve Contredanses for Orchestra, Wo0 14, composed after Beethoven studied the art of dance music with Haydn and which contains fragments that appear in some of the composer’s later great masterworks. The program concludes with two works rooted firmly in the 20th Century – Kodály’s masterful and deeply personal Dances of Galánta, rich in folk melodies that reflect the composer’s idyllic childhood in the Hungarian countryside in Galánta, and Lutosławski’s Chain 2, the title of which is based on a musical form invented by the preeminent Polish composer and consists of two structurally independent strands linked together like chains. Beilman is also the featured soloist on Chain 2.
Concert Preludes, pre-concert talks held one hour before curtain and free for ticket holders, provide insights into the music and artists.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra is considered one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras as well as a leader in presenting wide-ranging repertoire and adventurous commissions. Its 2013-14 season, the Orchestra’s 45th, features a compelling mix of beloved masterpieces and genre-defying premieres from firmly established and notable up-and-coming composers programmed by Jeffrey Kahane, one of the world’s foremost conductors and pianists, who marks his 17th season as LACO’s music director.
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. Discounted tickets are also available by phone for seniors 65 years of age and older and groups of 12 or more. College students may purchase student rush tickets ($10), based on availability, at the box office the day of the concert. Also available for college students is the $25 “Campus to Concert Hall All Access Pass” – good for all seven of LACO’s Orchestral Series concerts at either Ambassador Auditorium, Alex Theatre or UCLA’s Royce Hall, LACO’s Discover Beethoven’s Eroica at Ambassador Auditorium, and all three Westside Connections concerts at the Moss Theater.
MUSE/IQUE Expands Slate of Unexpected Events in Surprising Locations for 2013-14 Season
MUSE/IQUE, known for counter-conventional presentations that feel more like parties than formal concerts, announces its 2013-14 season featuring inspired live performances in surprising locations that connect master artists with new voices across a limitless range of musical styles. A total of nine musical events are slated, reflecting MUSE/IQUE’s growth in the two years since it was founded by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, including a free family hip-hop dance party launching the season, five concerts in the adventurous “Uncorked” series, three outdoor concerts in MUSE/IQUE’s popular “Summer of Sound” series at Caltech’s Beckman Mall, and its first major fundraiser, “RAIL-BOUND SOUND!,” a musical rail-bound adventure from Pasadena to LA’s Union Station. MUSE/IQUE also continues KIDSIQUE!, its ongoing interactive music outreach program for San Gabriel Valley’s network of foster care services. MUSE/IQUE, founded in 2011, has expanded from one performance with a handful of devoted followers to a major cultural presence that reaches large audiences.
“Uncorked” evenings, in venues accommodating 200 to 400 people, spotlight the Beatles’ White Album, “Girl” bands, mid-century country music, Aaron Copland, and Beatbox-accented string music, and they take place in such improvised Pasadena “concert halls” as a lumber yard, the Jacob Maarse Flower Warehouse, the Rose Palace float decorating warehouse and Pasadena’s A Noise Within Theatre. “Summer of Sound” performances, which attract 1,100+ audience members who picnic at tables under the stars to savor a diverse range of music enhanced by the site’s clear acoustics, features top artists and unexpected twists.
For season information, tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus Young Men’s Ensemble
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) announces auditions for middle school- and high school-aged boys with changing or changed voices for its Young Men’s Ensemble on August 21 and 28, 2013, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. 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, the first choir in the Southern California and one of only a few in the country to serve young male vocalists with changing voices, is designed for boys who wish to pursue singing and the choral arts throughout middle and high school. Led by Dr. Steven Kronauer, it offers quality vocal and choral training in a supportive environment along with essential tools needed to bridge the gap between treble and young men’s choral singing. One of the fundamental considerations for working with the choir, Kronauer notes, is being flexible with the repertoire, which he may change from week to week based on fluctuations in the singers’ voices to ensure the voices are never “pushed” or strained.
Established in September 2009, Young Men’s Ensemble holds rehearsals weekly on Sunday evenings (4:45 – 7:00 PM), and 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, performed with the esteemed University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club, attended a retreat at USC Thornton School of Music and participated in a special seminar with acclaimed counter-tenor David Daniels.
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.
MUSE/IQUE, known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, wraps “Summer of Sound” 2013 with “Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall” featuring Hall, Tower of Power’s lead singer and keyboardist who electrifies with his five octave range and tears it up with the Selah Gospel Choir to unchain the soul sounds of great musicians like Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and even Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 7:30 pm, outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena. They join Caltech physicist Sean Carroll and MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, who conducts the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra for a pure out-of the-box adventure that also celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are” with a world premiere of a dance set to the score of Spike Jonze’ critically acclaimed film adaptation of the beloved children’s book. Gates open at 5:30 pm for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics, with table seating and plentiful free parking.
In signature MUSE/IQUE fashion, Worby adds a twist to the 90-minute concert. “The thrust is pure Motown energy laid down by the master, Ellis Hall, who is blind, like his mentor Ray Charles,” Worby explains. “We are infusing the repertoire with works by some of Ellis’s classical music influences, the hearing impaired Beethoven among them, as we link earlier classical music to the best of American Motown.”
From the vast library of Motown favorites, Ellis performs such Ray Charles hits as Georgia on My Mind, You Don’t Know Me, I Can’t Stop Loving You, Let the Good Times Roll and Hit the Road, Jack, as well as America the Beautiful, Marvin Gaye’s I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Stevie Wonder’s My Cheri Amour, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson. The Selah Gospel Choir presents an a cappella version of the traditional spiritual Swing Down Chariot, popularized over the years by such diverse artists as Elvis Presley, Randy Travis and Ronnie Milsap, and the MUSE/IQUE orchestra performs works by Bach, Beethoven and Vivaldi. The evening also pays tribute to Sendak’s classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” which has touched millions of souls around the globe since it was published in 1963, with the world premiere of a new dance commissioned for the occasion and set to Carter Burwell’s score for Spike Jonze’ film adaptation of the fanciful and much-loved work. Finally, Caltech scientist Sean Carroll adds his own spin on the science of soul. A gifted science communicator, Carroll is theoretical cosmologist specializing in dark energy and general relativity who has appeared on such notable television programs as History Channel’s The Universe, Science Channel’s Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report,
MUSE/IQUE, known for its inspired, unexpected live music events, connects master artists with new voices across a limitless range of styles. Its counter-conventional performances, which feel more like parties than formal concerts, link musicians with great thinkers and compelling visual, cinematic and dance artists. In the two years since MUSE/IQUE was founded by Artistic Director Rachael Worby, it has grown from one performance with a handful of devoted followers to a major cultural presence that reaches vast audiences. Its considerable membership currently numbers more than 500 people. In the fall and spring, MUSE/IQUE presents “Uncorked” evenings at unconventional locations, and in the summer MUSE/IQUE features three outdoor “music parties” at Caltech’s Beckman Mall, all curated by the innovative and visionary Worby. Among MUSE/IQUE’s guest artists are Jessye Norman, Charlie Haden, Patti Austin, Mary Wilson, Flea, Rickie Lee Jones, Ellis Hall, Matt Haimovitz, Angela Bassett, Arturo Sandoval and more. Uncorked’s “pop-up” venues have included Pasadena’s Phoenix Decorating Center (where Rose Parade floats are constructed), Art Center College of Design Sculpture Garden, Castle Press (one of the nation’s largest printing presses), backstage at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and others. KIDS/IQUE!, a primary element of the organization, serves boys and girls, ages 12 to 18, in the San Gabriel Valley’s network of foster care services by presenting ongoing interactive experiences with professional musicians and other artists designed to compliment the service goals of the foster care facilities even as they allow MUSE/IQUE to reach otherwise underserved youth. Other outreach programs include free and low-cost tickets for students and community groups, and “Free For All,” a free annual concert featuring a fusion of music with family friendly surprises.
Caltech’s Beckman Mall is located at 332 S. Michigan Ave. Pasadena CA 91106. Plentiful parking is free. To reserve a catered dinner that can be picked up on site, please contact Perfect Equation Catering at (626) 529-5585. Concert tickets begin at $10 per person with top tier seating, $96 per person, available to MUSE/IQUE members at the $1,000+ contribution level; students with ID are $10. MUSE/IQUE membership, which ranges from $250 to $2,500, includes a variety of special benefits including priority seating and services. For tickets and membership information, please call 626-539-7085 or visit www.muse-ique.com.