‘Lacrimosa’ builds intense filmmaking on Mozart foundation

What happens when an award-winning filmmaker melds beloved Mozart with powerful themes, tense drama, actors, dancers, and a few members of the LA Master Chorale? Something very unique, and very intense. Check out the video below. Press release follows. FILM AND MUSIC COMBINE IN LACRIMOSA, A SHORT FILM FEATURING MEMBERS OF THE LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE … 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

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

Christmas old and new with Angeles Chorale

This year’s Christmas concert from Angeles Chorale was a real holiday treat, especially since I haven’t heard them myself in quite a few years.  This historic and impressively well-organized choral organization is now led by artistic director John Sutton, and it’s clear that the group is thriving, with a well-crafted program and a crowd that enthusiastically filled … Read more

A brand-new orchestra emerges into the future

It’s not as uncommon as September’s supermoon eclipse, but it’s not often we get to see the launch of a new orchestra — even here in SoCal, where classical life is bustling.  This Sunday brings such a debut for the Young Artists Symphony Orchestra (YASO), led by artistic director Alexander Treger, and there’s no ramping … Read more

A diva returns, a new orchestra, and a chance to sing with a living legend

Vocal focus from CCMN* Southern CA Vocal Events Lauri D. Goldenhersh’s Weekly Highlights One beautiful event after another tells us that it’s fall, the season is in full swing, and there will be no sitting at home with your favorite Netflix binge.  Get yourself to one of these choice musical happenings, or pick one from … 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

Very now, very local: Hear Now Festival returns for a 5th year

Collaborating with a diverse group of composers and presenting well-known regional performers, the Hear Now Music Festival is coming up with three days of contemporary classical (with premieres galore), May 1-3.  The festival is crafted in the spirit of building community and supporting one another (just what we love to see, of course), and this … Read more

Making choral history for 50 years

In light of last weekend’s big doings for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, we’d like to send a heartfelt congratulations to director Grant Gershon, the LAMC Board and all of this weekend’s performers.  LAMC has been a consistent force for excellence and innovation in Los Angeles and well beyond, and this is a milestone that … Read more

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