We’d bet that at least some of you didn’t even know that such an entity existed, but the American Classical Music Hall of Fame is coming to Los Angeles tomorrow night to induct one of our own homegrown organizations into their hallowed membership. The Los Angeles Master Chorale, under various directors and over several decades, has proven itself over and over as a force to be reckoned with in the choral community, and this honor belongs to everyone who helped build that legacy. Kudos, choral people.
Press release follows.
Los Angeles Master Chorale to be Industed Into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame This Week
Artistic Director Grant Gershon and the choir to receive the Hall of Fame Medallion at concert Thursday, June 22 at Walt Disney Concert Hall
(Los Angeles, CA) June 21, 2017 – The Los Angeles Master Chorale will be inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame on Thursday night during its Lux Aeterna 20th Anniversary celebration concert. This honor will be accepted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and President & CEO Jean Davidson on behalf of the Master Chorale from the stage of their iconic home, the Walt Disney Concert Hall. It joins previous esteemed inductees in the ensembles category such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Handel and Haydn Society.
The American Classical Music Hall of Fame (ACMHF) was founded in 1996 and is based in Cincinnati. It seeks to build and sustain enthusiasm for classical music in America by celebrating diverse facets of classical music excellence. Over 100 ensembles and individual musicians and composers have been inducted. The Los Angeles Master Chorale was selected by the Board of Directors earlier this month in recognition of its contributions to classical music.
Thursday’s presentation will be made by Catherine Dehoney, the CEO of Chorus America, which is currently holding its annual conference in Los Angeles hosted by the Los Angeles Master Chorale. “It is an honor for the Master Chorale to accept this recognition, and it is fitting that our induction will be made during the last of our three concerts celebrating the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna on a concert program filled with Los Angeles composers. It is also wonderful to receive this in front of so many of our peers from Chorus America,” said Artistic Director Grant Gershon.
Members of the public are invited to celebrate this honor at the Master Chorale’s inaugural Big Sing L.A. event on Saturday, June 24 at 1 PM in Grand Park. The giant group singing event is free to attend, giving Angelenos the opportunity to sing well-known and easy-to-learn songs with members of the Master Chorale — regardless of experience.