Big staffing announcements (plural!) at LA Opera

After 14 years, this is Grant Gershon’s last season at LA Opera. With Conlon’s contract extended and a new baton-wielder from Columbia taking over as Resident Conductor, there are big changes afoot. No announcement yet as to who will take over as chorusmaster, a role which Mr. Gershon also holds through this 2021-22 season. But … Read more

Review: LA Master Chorale launches season at full throttle with Mozart and Kirchner pairing

It was another sold-out evening on September 23rd, and the excitement was palpable. Even on the Los Angeles Master Chorale‘s second night of the season, it felt like a gala or the night of a grand premiere. But the massive crowd settled into their seats at some length, and after a quick and gregarious intro by … Read more

The Democratic Voice of the L.A. Master Chorale and Brahms’ Requiem

It’s been said that Los Angeles is in the middle of a cultural renaissance, and that the best art in the world is being produced right here. What some might not realize is that one of the finest choral ensembles in the world has been here for over 50 years. But it can be argued … Read more

Art and artist collide with Handel for LAMC’s ‘Israel in Egypt’

It was heartwarming to see a nearly full house at Walt Disney Concert Hall on Sunday night (Feb 11), with very few empty seats and fewer latecomers coming to hear the Los Angeles Master Chorale and their excellent orchestra. The audience was unusually pumped, discussing the image already projected on the hall’s giant screen behind … 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

Can you hear the voices behind those light sabers?

Zhoop, zhoop…. It’s a big day for Star Wars fans, and an especially big day to celebrate for many members of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.  At the express invitation by master film composer John Williams, LAMC is a featured part of the latest installment of one of the most closely-watched and beloved film series of all … Read more

LAMC delivers stunning musical message

by Natalie Mann, Lister contributor There are many concerts available to listeners these days, but few deliver such a memorable performance as the LA Master Chorale and Orchestra this past Sunday night. Listeners were able to delight in some of the finest renditions of the Chichester Psalms and Carmina Burana, as well as contemplate music … 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

LAMC honored this week by Hall of Fame

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, … Read more

Bowl report: What’s up in Hollywood this summer?

Single tickets for the Hollywood Bowl went live in early May, so if you haven’t grabbed the seats you want, it would be wise to get moving. To help you maneuver the extensive schedule through the time-honored favorites like the Playboy Jazz Fest, movie-themed events like the annual Sound of Music sing-along and fandom-milking Harry Potter events, and stunt-casting spectacles … Read more

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