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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.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus

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.

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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.)

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Benjamin Beilman

Benjamin Beilman


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.

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MUSE/IQUE Expands Slate of Unexpected Events in Surprising Locations for 2013-14 Season

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.

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Los Angeles Children's Chorus Young Men's Ensemble

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.

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Ellis Hall

Ellis Hall


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.

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MUSE/IQUE, known for its counter-conventional performances that feel more like parties than formal concerts, continues “Summer of Sound” 2013 with “Moving Pictures” featuring groundbreaking cellist Matt Haimovitz and Emmy Award-winning actress Wendie Malick (“Hot in Cleveland”) in a fresh take on motion picture scores by Elmer Bernstein, Jerry Goldsmith, Vangelis, Ennio Morricone, John Williams, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Erich Korngold as well as the world premiere of Sleepwalking, a concerto for cello and chamber orchestra with images by Peter Golub, prolific composer and director of Sundance’s Film Music Program, on Saturday, July 27, 2013, 7:30 pm, outdoors at Caltech’s Beckman Mall in Pasadena. They join MUSE/IQUE Artistic Director Rachael Worby, who conducts the MUSE/IQUE Orchestra, for a pure out-of the-box adventure in sound and cinema. Highlights include Malick narrating a humorous new presentation of Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, reimagined by writer Matt Nix, creator of the critically acclaimed television show “Burn Notice,” as well as guest appearances by “American Idol” eighth season finalist Allison Iraheta and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow John Dabiri, director of Caltech’s Biological Propulsion Laboratory. Gates open at 5:30 pm for dinner (ordered in advance) or bring-your-own picnics, with table and bleacher seating and plentiful free parking.

“This is ‘movie music night’ the MUSE/IQUE way,” says Worby, who founded MUSE/IQUE in 2011. “We wanted to turn the ‘orchestra goes to the movies’ genre of outdoor summer fare on its head to foster new thinking about what our eyes and ears tell us. From suspense thrillers and Korngold’s Concerto in C to Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, it’s one of MUSE/IQUE’s most ambitious curatorial adventures to date.”

The 90-minute concert is built on the visceral sounds of the cello as awakened by virtuoso Matt Haimovitz and the classic 1946 film noir Deception, starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains, about a war-torn love affair between a cellist and pianist from which Haimovitz performs Erich Korngold’s brilliant work for cello, Concerto in C, the film’s musical cornerstone. Sleepwalking, Golub’s new work MUSE/IQUE is premiering, was inspired, he says, by “the idea of sleepwalking as both an image and as a state of mind.” Malick narrates Benjamin Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, loved anew thanks to its prominence in Moonrise Kingdom, delivering writer/producer/director Nix’s new libretto, and Worby turns Claude-Michel Schönberg’s show-stopping Bring Him Home for tenor from Les Miserables into a showcase for the soaring talents of Allison Iraheta, whose voice Idol judge Kara DioGuardi exhorted “comes from God…you can’t teach that!” Also performed are selections from other film scores, ranging from the iconic to the lesser known, including Chariots of Fire by Vangelis; Elmer Bernstein’s Summer and Smoke; Jerry Goldsmith’s Russia House; Love Theme from “Heidi” by John Williams; Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone, the theme for the 1986 film The Mission; and Chris Young’s Killing Season; and whimsically thought-provoking remarks by Caltech’s Dabiri, a signature MUSE/IQUE performance element, top off the evening.

MUSE/IQUE’s “Summer of Sound” concludes August 17 with “Lose Your Senses with Ellis Hall,” which brings together celebrated vocalist/pianist virtuoso Ellis Hall, former Tower of Power lead singer, with the MUSE/IQUE orchestra, the Selah Gospel Choir, and scientist Seal Carroll, to unchain the soul sounds of Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Beethoven, Vivaldi and Bach.

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.
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Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC), one of the nation’s leading children’s choirs, is holding auditions for boys and girls ages eight (by September 1, 2013) to 12 on June 6 -9, 2013, 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 are dedicated to achieving excellence in vocal technique, choral singing and classical music. 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 27th season, provides a comprehensive music education and performance program for children of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds in Los Angeles County. LACC is comprised of six choirs with choristers ranging in age from 8 to 18 who hail from 60 communities throughout Southern California. (Younger singers are encouraged to enroll in LACC’s classes for six- and seven-year-olds, First Experiences in Singing, offered in Pasadena.)

Rehearsals for entry-level choirs are once a week at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. In addition, all children take musicianship classes (a six 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 choral 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. The choir was also featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, “SING!” which chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown periodically on PBS stations nationwide, as well as follow-up documentaries “SING OPERA!” and “SING CHINA!” In addition, LACC tours locally, nationally and internationally.

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

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

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The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus, considered one of the world’s leading children’s choirs, spotlights the music of Benjamin Britten at two performances of its annual Spring Concert on two consecutive Sundays, May 5 and 12 (Mother’s Day), 2013, 7 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The renowned chorus, led by Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson, performs selected works from Britten’s Friday Afternoons, which Britten composed for school children, as well as various titles from his folk song arrangements, and selected movements from Ceremony of Carols, written for treble voices, solo voices and harp, and Missa Brevis, a beautiful work noted for its poignant plea for peace, which also illustrates Britten’s considerable skill at writing for children’s voices. The program is part of Britten 100/LA: A Celebration, a year-long festival honoring the 2013 centenary of the British composer curated by LA Opera.

Other featured works include Herbert Howells’ My Eyes for Beauty Pine, a piece in which Britten found inspiration, Handel’s aria Non lo diro from his early opera Tolomeo, two-time Oscar-winner Richard Sherman’s Hushabye Mountain from the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and an arrangement of To Music by LACC Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham. Also on the program are Jean-Baptiste Lully’s rarely heard French Baroque piece Regina coeli, Sir David Willcocks’ Psalm 150, Canadian composer Surl Glick’s Psalm 23, Schubert’s compelling art song Du bist die Ruh, and the haunting Celtic folksong Óró Mo Bháidin. In addition, LACC presents Come Let’s Be Merry by American composer James Mulholland, William Brown’s Puisque tout passé, set to a poem by Rilke and featuring percussionist Robert Fernandez, the Newfoundland folksong The Star of Belle Isle, and the spirituals Ain’-a that Good News, My Lord What a Morning and The Storm is Passing Over.

Tomlinson conducts the chorus’ renowned Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. 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.

Los Angeles Children's Chorus

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus

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Music Director Jeffrey Kahane serves as musical “tour guide” for Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra’s annual “Discover” concert on Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 pm, at Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena, which this season features a special one-night-only exploration of Bach’s Magnificat, a pinnacle of choral literature. Performing with the Orchestra are The University of Southern California Thornton Chamber Singers, the school’s premier choir, directed by Jo-Michael Scheibe, and five exceptional young soloists: Charlotte Dobbs, soprano, Zanaida Robles, soprano, Janelle DeStefano, mezzo soprano, Ben Bliss, tenor, and Daniel Armstrong, baritone. Providing the audience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this seminal masterwork, Kahane begins the evening by illustrating the intricacies of Bach’s first oratorio and how the composition illuminates the text, which is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke. After intermission, the Orchestra, soloists and chorus perform the full work. The purpose of the discussion component for the annual “Discover” concert is to help audiences hear major works with new “ears.”

Bach’s Magnificat also holds special meaning for Kahane, who is currently celebrating his 15th annviersary with LACO, since it is one of the pieces that initially drew him to a conducting career. In addition, the concert highlights LACO’s ongoing commitment to collaborate with LA-based cultural institutions by featuring rising singers from LA Opera Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program as well as the talented chorus of the USC Thornton School of Music, both among the nation’s top training programs for musical artists.

Tickets ($25-$110) 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.

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