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

Can branding be encapsulated in a font?

This has been on my mind for the last several days, as a recent article by Fast Company seems like an encouraging foray into the business of classical music, but offers an awfully narrow scope of reporting within the piece. Check out Feb 10’s “Can branding save classical music?”, which we first encountered through this … 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

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

One dramatic stage after another

Vocal focus from CCMN Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights The vocal calendar holds both heralded and out-of-the-box events this week. How about some California history? A dance of veils? A lecherous lush? A little-seen Weill gem? Here’s a list of things that are much better than a couch and burgeoning potatohood: If … 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

Hope and chaos: LAMC shows Beethoven’s relevance amid downtown protests

After a week of jazzy contemplation and the never-ending loop of the La La Land soundtrack in my head (see it!), I was looking forward to hearing the Los Angeles Master Chorale perform Beethoven’s substantial Missa Solemnis on Saturday, January 21.  When artistic director Grant Gershon programmed and scheduled the work, however, he could not have known what … Read more

LAMC promotes from within for new COO

Andrew Brown is a familiar face to the SoCal singer community, as he was an active singer (and Lister) in the area for several years, but has worked his way up through the administrative ranks at the Los Angeles Master Chorale in more recent years, becoming a valued fixture and member of their administrative team.  … Read more

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