Griffith Observatory features Whitacre/space mash-up

One of the most spectacular things that can happen in astronomy is when two things collide. This Friday, June 7 at 7:30pm, the monthly All Space Considered will discuss an artistic collision: how composer Eric Whitacre received profound inspiration from the Hubble Space Telescope’s jaw-dropping “Deep Field” image. The image is an epic ten-day exposure … Read more

Season announcement: LA Master Chorale’s 2018-19 lineup

We wait with bated breath until our Lister blogger finishes the review of last weekend’s Israel in Egypt. (OK, it’s me — I’m percolating!  Stay tuned…) But in the meantime, LA Master Chorale has recovered from their most recent visit into their Hidden Handel project, taken a deep breath, and announced their next season! With connections firmly … Read more

Lauridsen’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ at 20

By Steven Ottományi, Lister Reviewer The third in a series of commemorative concerts celebrating the twentieth anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s seminal work for chorus and orchestra, Lux Aeterna, featured a new offering: Choir Night, with plentiful opportunities for audience participation. Composers Moira Smiley and Eric Whitacre led the assembled singers, gathered from choirs local and distant, including … Read more

Big season coming for LA Master Chorale

With momentum growing and vision expanding, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has announced their 2017-18 season, featuring several unusual events and landmark projects.  With ticket subscriptions starting at just $111, this is a good year to claim your regular seats. Press release follows. LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE TO EXPAND ITS REACH BEYOND WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL … Read more

Whitacre and the big “why”

This quote comes to us from the well-followed and much-liked Twitter account of epic choral composer Eric Whitacre.  If you’ve ever wondered why singing is unlike just about any other activity in the universe, try this on for size: I believe now more than ever that singing is a universal, built-in mechanism designed to cultivate empathy … Read more

LA Master Chorale’s 2016-17 season chock full of big-name splash

Big news aplenty for LA Master Chorale today:  their season announcement is peppered with big names and exciting announcements, and outlines a very busy schedule.  For now, we’ll let the press release speak for itself: [Press release] LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE LED BY ARTISTIC DIRECTOR GRANT GERSHON ANNOUNCES 2016-17 SEASON AT WALT DISNEY CONCERT HALL … Read more

Two maverick composers wrap LAMC’s finale in splendor

A Soviet-trained Estonian and a USC grad from Reno, Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre couldn’t be much more different.  But the parallels within their music and in their audiences are astonishing, as both composers have risen to enviable heights of fame, in and out of the classical community.  They both write music that is easily … Read more

Hear the chorus roar

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights Choral music brings out the big guns this weekend, as the Southland’s two largest pro choruses perform a total of five of my very favorite composers: LA MASTER CHORALE offers two performances of music by Eric Whitacre and Arvo Pärt at Disney … Read more

LA Master Chorale soars through two world premieres with ‘Songs of Ascent’, 3/8/15

Attending a concert of the Los Angeles Master Chorale is about the closest thing to a rock concert experience you’ll find in classical music.  We almost expect to hear conductor Grant Gershon cry, “Hello, Cleveland!” when he first turns to greet us.  Few artistic organizations enjoy such a fervent following, and for good reason:  most … Read more

Forward to spring

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights This week is huge, with a packed calendar and performers scurrying all over Southern California to meet their commitments.  In other words, it’s just the way we like it.  So don’t stay home: First thing, plan NOW for the time change on … Read more

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