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Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale

Grant Gershon, Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC), heralded around the globe for its exceptional artistry and wide ranging repertoire, showcases “Minimalist Masterworks,” featuring works by celebrated American composers Steve Reich and David Lang, on Sunday, April 6, 2014, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert opens with Pérotin’s Sederunt principes featuring tenor soloists Pablo Corá, Michael Lichtenauer and Shawn Kirchner. The Chorale then reprises Reich’s You Are (Variations), commissioned, premiered and recorded by the Chorale in 2004 (Nonesuch), and Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning the little match girl passion, of which LAMC presented an extended choral version last season hailed as “a performance to remember” (Outwest Arts). ListenUp!, a pre-concert talk with Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman, is slated for 6 pm, in BP Hall. The concert is part of the second installment of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s citywide, multi-disciplinary Minimalist Jukebox Festival, curated by composer John Adams.

Critics across the country have lauded the little match girl passion, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story with additional text borrowed from Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, as one of the most original choral compositions of the new century since its riveting premiere in Carnegie Hall. The Los Angeles Times described the Pulitzer Prize-winning piece as a “missive from heaven…a stunner” and credits Lang with finding “a radiantly hip spiritual core to a maudlin story that stubbornly refuses to go out of fashion.” The New York Times proclaims, “With this work – one of the most moving and original scores of recent years – Lang has solidified his standing as an American master.” The Washington Post declares, “I don’t think I’ve ever been so moved…(it) is unlike any music I know.”

Reich’s four-movement You Are (Variations), considered by the composer as one of his most important works, is written for 18 amplified voices, and an amplified instrumental ensemble. In addition, there are four virtuoso piano parts for which the Chorale has tapped noted pianists Gloria Cheng, Lisa Edwards, Bryan Pezzone and Vicki Ray, who also performed on the Chorale’s recording. Enthused the Los Angeles Times of the premiere, “Grant Gershon conducted a fearless performance…full of elation.” The LA Weekly called it “splendid…gleaming…fresh.” The text of You Are (Variations), written in both English and Hebrew, is drawn from the Talmud, the Psalms, and the writings of philosopher Paul Wittgenstein. Additionally, the title itself and the text of the first movement are taken from the phrase “you are wherever your thoughts are,” written by the 18th Century Jewish mystic Rebbe Nachman of Breslov.

Tickets range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets cannot be purchased at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office except on concert days starting 2 hours prior to the performance.) The Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.

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On August 7 at 7:30PM at (le) poisson rouge in NYC, GRAND BAND will perform a captivating program of music for six pianos by composers including Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Philip Glass, and Kate Moore.

Fresh off the heels of its ‘awesome’ (Sequenza21) debut at the 2012 Bang on a Can Marathon, this ‘super-group of soloists’ (The Glass) provides another rare opportunity to hear a live performance of contemporary music for six pianos. With a program including Steve Reich’s iconic ‘Six Pianos,’ Julia Wolfe’s Aretha Franklin-inspired ‘my lips from speaking…,’ and a new version of an immersive work by up-and-coming composer Kate Moore, this concert promises to be a new music highlight of the summer.

August 7, 2012
@ (le) poisson rouge
158 Bleecker St. (btw Sullivan & Thompson)

7:30PM (doors at 6:30)
$20 day of show/$15 advance

http://lepoissonrouge.com/events/view/3529

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GRAND BAND is a new piano sextet featuring six of New York City’s top pianists: Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell. Described as “awesome” (Sequenza21) following their performance of Steve Reich’s Six Pianos at this year’s Bang on a Can marathon in June, this stunning collection of performers creates a powerful sonic force. Of the group’s debut performance, Lucid Culture wrote: “Grand Band had a ball [in the Wolfe], each wearing an ear monitor so as to catch the innumerable, suspenseful series of cues as the gospel licks grew from spacious and minimalist to a joyously hammering choir,” and The Glass declared “the 6 pianists are a super-group of soloists that played what sounded kind of like classical pop-crossover meets post-minimal.” A thoroughly modern ensemble, Grand Band is a champion of new music and living composers.

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Join us as we collaborate with the Boulder Symphony on their firt ever chamber music series.
Featured works include Libra, Scorpio and Saggitarius from Tierkreis by Karlheinz Stockhausen, Henryk Gorecki’s Little Fantasia and Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.
First Presbyterian Church
1820 15th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.402.6400
Tickets: http://bouldersymphony.org/tickets

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On April 27th, New Music Raleigh, a brand new performing arts group, will return to Meymandi Theater at the Murphey School (224 Polk St.) for a performance of Pulitzer Prize winning composer Steve Reich’s Different Trains. The program will also feature the world premiere of Lick by Brett William Dietz and Trilogy by Dave Maric. The concert begins at 7:30pm and tickets will be available at the door for $10.00. Performers include Karen Strittmatter Galvin, Jeremy Preston, Maria Evola, Violins; David Marschall, viola; Brian Howard, cello; and Shawn Galvin, percussion.

New Music Raleigh is a collective of the area’s most dynamic classical musicians, dedicated to performing the works of living composers. By presenting this living music in unique venues and through collaboration with other artists, NMR offers a fresh musical perspective to Raleigh by providing captivating yet casual concerts in which the audience and performers are connected. In its first year of existence, NMR has proven to be one of Raleigh’s most forward-thinking arts organizations, performing with indy rock band Lost in the Trees in addition to giving modern edgy composition a voice in the city. New Music Raleigh’s upcoming projects will feature more cross-genre collaboration, intimate audience experiences, and exceptional musical performances.

For more information contact us at www.newmusicraleigh.com.

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