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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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8pm January 14th, 2012 at the Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena.

The Music of: Messiaen, Haydn, Charlie Parker, Brian Ferneyhough and Andrew Bird.

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the L.A.-based classical wunderkinds wild Up take over the intimate Armory Center for the Arts in Pasadena with a one-of-a-kind show about birds and flight.
“We want to know how flight works and what it sounds like,” said the group’s artist director and conductor Christopher Rountree. “We want to figure out how to take off.” The audience need not prepare for a lecture about Newton’s laws and lift; the program gets off the ground with composer/ornithologist Olivier Messiaen’s magnum opus “Oiseaux Exotiques.” From there, the group takes on pieces by Brian Ferneyhough, Charlie Parker, Joseph Haydn, Chris Kallmyer and Andrew Bird.
Tickets: $20 at the door, $15 online pre-sale: http://ornithology.eventbrite.com/

As always, there will be plenty of booze and no tuxedos.

Who: wild Up

What: “Ornithology” The music of Messiaen, Haydn, Charlie Parker, Brian Ferneyhough and Andrew Bird

Where: The Armory Center for the Arts, 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91103

When: Saturday 1/14/12  at  8 PM

About wild Up:

wild Up is a 24-member experimental classical/contemporary ensemble comprised of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else. wild Up projects bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences. For free mp3 downloads: wildup.bandcamp.com.

Contact press@wildup.la

Cost: $20 at the door, $15 online pre-sale – to purchase, go to http://ornithology.eventbrite.com/

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