SONOROUS VOICES, BLAZING BRASS AND MAJESTIC PIPE ORGAN
SHINE IN LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE’S
“REJOICE! BRASS TIDINGS”
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm
at Walt Disney Concert Hall
Program Includes John Rutter’s Gloria, Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata,
Willcocks’ Carols for Brass and Choir as well as
Works by Shawn Kirchner, Nico Muhly, Paul Gibson, Handl and Gabrieli
Blazing brass, majestic pipe organ and soaring voices add sonorous sparkle to the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s “Rejoice! Brass Tidings,” which heralds the season with such classics as Willcocks’ Carols for Brass and Choir, Daniel Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata for chorus and double brass, and John Rutter’s Gloria, on Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm, at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Conducted by Artistic Director Grant Gershon and featuring 62 Chorale members, the program also includes Shawn Kirchner’s Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas, composed as a companion piece to Rutter’s jubilant opus, Nico Muhly’s Senex puerum, Paul Gibson’s Rejoice in the Lord Alway and two Christmas motets by Giovanni Gabrieli for double and triple choirs.
The Chorale’s other seasonal offerings at Disney Hall include “Festival of Carols,” December 5 and 12, 2 pm; two concert performances of Handel’s Messiah, December 6 and 20, 7 pm; and the 35th Annual “Messiah Sing-Along,” a do-it-yourself version, December 16, 8 pm.
Tickets range from $29 – $119. Group rates are available. Children under six not admitted. For tickets and information, please call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org. Walt Disney Concert Hall is located at 111 South Grand Avenue at First Street in downtown Los Angeles.
Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE is led by Artistic Director Grant Gershon. Proclaimed “the nation’s most pioneering major chorus” (Los Angeles Times), it has also been hailed as “inspired” (The New York Times), “magnificent” (Chicago Tribune) and “a superb vocal ensemble” (The New York Observer). The Chorale is currently in its 52nd season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 13th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall. Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions. To date, the choir has commissioned 47 and premiered 94 new works, of which 64 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. The Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City. It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland. Its discography includes five commercial CDs under Gershon’s baton. In addition, in 2013, as part of its 50th anniversary season celebration, the Chorale released a digital recording featuring signature a cappella works available online-only at LAMC.org, iTunes and Amazon.com. LAMC previously released three CDs under former Music Director Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna. The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as Lady in the Water and License to Wed. Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 9,000 students each year.
GRANT GERSHON is currently in his 15th season as the Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera. The Los Angeles Times declares that the Chorale “has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon” and Opera News proclaims him “a first-rate conductor.” During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire. A champion of new music as well, Gershon has led world premiere performances of major works by John Adams, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Morten Lauridsen, Ricky Ian Gordon, Gabriela Lena Frank, Shawn Kirchner and Chinary Ung, among many others. His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); five commercial CDs with the Chorale: Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch), Daniel Variations (Nonesuch), A Good Understanding (Decca), and Miserere (Decca); and a digital recording featuring some of the Chorale’s signature a cappella works available online-only at LAMC.org, iTunes and Amazon.com.
EDITORS, PLEASE NOTE:
Los Angeles Master Chorale
“Rejoice! Brass Tidings”
Grant Gershon, conductor
Sunday, December 13, 2015, 7 pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall
111 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
JOHN RUTTER Gloria
HANDL Resonet in laudibus
SHAWN KIRCHNER Behold New Joy: Ancient Carols of Christmas
DANIEL PINKHAM Christmas Cantata
NICO MUHLY Senex puerum
PAUL GIBSON Rejoice in the Lord Alway
GABRIELI Hodie Christus natus est
GABRIELI Angelus ad pastores
WILLCOCKS Carols for Brass and Choir
$29 – $129
Student Rush seats available at box office two hours before the performance;
Tickets can be purchased by phone or in-person at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion Box Office Monday – Saturday, 10am – 6 pm. On concert days, box office staff can be reached at 213-972-7282 beginning at 10 am and the Disney Hall Box Office will be open for will-call and sales beginning at 12 noon for matinees and 5 pm for evening concerts.
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Artists, program and ticket prices subject to change.