Wading in with LA Master Chorale

On Sunday, April 30, the Los Angeles Master Chorale treated audiences to a concert almost entirely of American spirituals. Entitled “Wade in the Water”, the program served both as homage to a beloved spiritual of the same title, but also as invocation of water, naturally flowing expressions of the soul, and communal spirit. It included … Read more

Stravinsky’s wedding and bits of John Adams with the LA Master Chorale

by Natalie Mann, Lister reviewer Groundbreaking. Indefinable. Accessible. All these words have been used to describe American composer John Adams, but they also increasingly tell us about the work of Los Angeles Master Chorale artistic director Grant Gershon. It is fitting that these two classical luminaries have had a long working relationship, dating back to the … Read more

Made in L.A.: Local focus reveals the heart of LA Master Chorale

“Made in L.A.“ is both a new initiative and a special concert program presented on Nov 15 by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at downtown’s iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall.  With the aim of drawing attention to the considerable talents of our local choral composers, this concert definitely hit the mark. Artistic director Grant Gershon‘s remarks … Read more

‘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

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

Jubilant July

Vocal focus from CCMN* SOUTHERN CA VOCAL EVENTS Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights July is rich with vocal music goodies!  This weekend brings another ‘Amici della Musica‘ from CENTER STAGE OPERA, a concert from INSPIRAVI CHAMBER CHOIR (with a reputation growing like mad), and the ALL-AMERICAN BOYS CHORUS.  See the calendar for the 411. On … Read more

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