‘The Russian Evolution’ comes to SoCal, courtesy of LA Master Chorale’s season kick-off

by Norge Yip, Lister reviewer On Saturday, September 26, Los Angeles Master Chorale and conductor Grant Gershon opened the 2015-2016 season with “The Russian Evolution” at Walt Disney Concert Hall. The concert featured compositions by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Grechaninov, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Andrei Ilyashenko, and Sofia Gubaidulina. Grechaninov’s The Cherubic Hymn opened the program as … 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

Liquid music: LA Master Chorale and Tan Dun’s ‘Water Passion’

A very excited crowd gathered on April 11, for the first of two return performances of Tan Dun‘s Water Passion After St. Matthew at Walt Disney Concert Hall.  This work first came to L.A. in 2005, part of Los Angeles Master Chorale‘s second season in the new performance space and a harbinger of the many … 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

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