March 15, 2013 Leave a comment
The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced their 2013/2014 season, a year which celebrates a pair of anniversaries:
- 50 years since it’s founding by the legendary Roger Wagner as one of the Los Angeles Music Center’s resident companies.
- 10 years since it moved into Walt Disney Concert Hall
By all accounts, it’s an excellent looking season, with classics (including Carmina Burana, Bach’s B minor Mass, Verdi’s Te Deum), favorites from former Composer-In-Residence Morten Lauridsen, and newer works including four world premieres from Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang, Francisco Núñez, and Shawn Kirchner (current Composer-In-Residence).
The Master Chorale will also be participating in four big festivals:
- The 2013 Hollywood Bowl season, with three performances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic
- Chicago’s 2013 Ravinia Festival:
- August 26, 2013: The quartet version David Lang’s the little match girl passion with soprano Elissa Johnston, mezzo-soprano Adriana Manfredi, LAMC Music Director Grant Gershon singing tenor, and bass-baritone Cedric Berry.
- Sept 7, 2013: Mr. Gershon conducts the Master Chorale in a performance of John Adams’s The Gospel According to the Other Mary with the original soloists and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra.
- The Los Angeles city-wide “Britten 100/LA: A Celebration” with Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols as part of “Rejoice!,” one of four Holiday Programs
- The LA Phil’s second “Minimalist Jukebox Festival.”
There’s much more to like in the details below after the jump. If I were to nitpick, I would have loved to have seen some Stravinsky or Mozart or even some Haydn, but hey, a wise man once sang that, “You can’t always get what you want,” so I’ll just have to deal with all the cool stuff actually being offered.
Here’s the full press release: