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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Los Angeles Master Chorale


The Los Angeles Master Chorale, a cultural icon heralded around the globe for its exceptional artistry, pulls out the stops for an extraordinary 50th Anniversary Season Celebration the last weekend of January featuring two performances of Bach’s incomparable B Minor Mass, considered one of the greatest works in the choral repertoire and the first piece the Chorale performed on its inaugural concert in 1965, as well as a spectacular gala extravaganza, “Golden on Grand,” which celebrates the Chorale’s remarkable legacy over the past five decades. The Bach B Minor Mass concerts, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, are Saturday, January 25, 2 pm, and Sunday, January 26, 7 pm, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. “Golden on Grand” is Saturday, January 25, 6 pm, at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Chorale’s home for 37 years until it moved to Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2003.

“The Los Angeles Master Chorale has been a vital part of the city’s cultural fabric for the past five decades,” states LAMC President and CEO Terry Knowles. “Given the choir’s tremendous reach and broad artistic impact, it is only fitting that we celebrate in grand style this ground-breaking musical organization and all those who have contributed to its growth and success.”

The performances of Bach’s B Minor Mass – an “astonishing work” that holds “a monumental place in music history” (New York Times) – bookend the weekend-long celebration and feature a musical force of 115 singers from the Chorale plus a symphonic orchestra. The Chorale has performed the masterpiece ten times in five decades, including, most notably, for the first time as a newly minted Music Center resident company at its first independent concert conducted by Founding Music Director Roger Wagner at the just-opened Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on January 27, 1965. Says Gershon of the musical homage, “This is where it all started for the Los Angeles Master Chorale. To be able to conduct Bach’s masterpiece with the Chorale almost 49 years to the day after Roger Wagner did at the choir’s inaugural concert is simply amazing. It is an honor to be a part of this incredible legacy.” Concert tickets range from $29 – $129.

The anniversary weekend celebration shifts into high gear on January 25, at 6 pm, with “Golden on Grand,” a spectacular black-tie gala honoring the Chorale’s 50 years of extraordinary music making. Cultural, political and business luminaries, including Gala benefactor BNY Mellon, as well as long-time friends of the Chorale will come together for this glamorous tribute and elegant evening of music and dining at the Eva and Marc Stern Grand Hall of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, the Chorale’s original home from 1964 to 2003. Gala highlights include the Chorale’s signature “Surround Sing”; live and silent auctions; a sumptuous dinner catered by Patina; and dancing to Wayne Foster Entertainment. KNBC’s Fritz Coleman is Master of Ceremonies. Gala tickets start at $650 per person.

For concert and/or gala tickets and information, please call 213-972-7282 or visit www.lamc.org.

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets can no longer 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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The Los Angeles Master Chorale, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, presents the Walt Disney Concert Hall debut of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, considered one of Western Civilization’s greatest pieces of music, on Sunday, March 7, 2010, 7:00 p.m., in the famed concert venue. Members of the Chorale will sing the solo roles, and joining the choir are special guest ensembles Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and Musica Angelica Baroque Orchestra, performing on period instruments and regarded as one of the nation’s foremost Baroque ensembles. Gershon and KUSC’s Alan Chapman participate in Listen Up!, the pre-concert talk at 6:00 p.m.

The featured soloists are Pablo Cora, as the Evangelist; Steve Pence as Jesus; Kristen Toedtman, Adriana Manfredi and Leslie Inman, altos; Tamara Bevard and Deborah Mayhan, sopranos; Jon Lee Keenan, tenor; and Abdiel Gonzales, baritone.

The performance marks the early music ensemble’s third appearance with the choir in four years. Previous collaborations included Bach’s B Minor Mass in 2008 and a program of Mexican Baroque gems in 2006.

Gershon describes St. Matthew Passion as one of the top five choral masterworks and says, “It is an honor to be the first person to conduct Bach’s famed work in Disney Hall, with its stellar acoustics and intimate setting.”

Composed in 1727 and set to chapters 26 and 27 from the Book of Matthew, Bach’s deeply emotional work also incorporates choruses and arias to recount the story of the capture and crucifixion of Christ, interrupted by the poetic interjections of the chorus. Intensely dramatic, lyrical and contemplative, St. Matthew Passion has been used over the years to great effect in numerous films, including The Talented Mr. Ripley staring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett.

Concert tickets to range from $19 to $124. Student Rush seats are $10 and are available at the box office two hours before the performance. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. (Tickets can no longer 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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