Classical Music News for September/October 2018


The Los Angeles Master Chorale will present two major concerts this Fall, commencing with two performances of THE MOZART REQUIEM on Saturday, Sept 22 at 2 pm and Sunday, September 23 at 7 pm at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each performances will feature the entire 100-voice Master Chorale and Orchestra and will be conducted by Grant Gershon. Guest soloists include Liv Redpath, J’Nai Bridges, David Portillo and Rod Gilfry.

The September concerts will open with Shawn Kirchner’s “Songs of Ascent”–-a setting of Psalms sung by pilgrims journeying to Jerusalem-–commissioned and premiered by the Master Chorale in 2015 when Kirchner was the Swan Family Composer-in-Residence. The performances will include three Psalms Kirchner has since added to the piece.

MOZART’S REQUIEM–-the last piece of music he composed and infamous for its mysterious origins and posthumous completion–-has been performed by the Master Chorale under each of its directors, most recently at the Hollywood Bowl in 2017 with Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
There have been several versions of the Requiem published. The Master Chorale will perform the Franz Xavier Sussmayr version. Sussmayr (1766-1803) is the Austrian composer and conductor credited with completing the Requiem after Mozart’s death in 1791.

Featured in the Requiem is “Lacrimosa,” a short film by director Arnaud Uyttenhove which was shot especially for the company, scored by composer Adam Crystal with a sampled orchestral track by Jeff Beal and conducted by the Master Chorale’s Associate Conductor, Jenny Wong.
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On Sat. Oct 20 and Sun. Oct. 21 at 7.30 pm, The Master Chorale will once again mount a production of AGRIME DI SAN PIETRO/TEARS OF ST. PAUL by Orlando Di Lasso, this time (it was last seen at Disney Hall in 2017) at Bram Goldsmith Theatre at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills in a first a capella staging. Jenny Wong conducts.

Twenty-one Master Chorale singers have committed this 75-minute Renaissance masterpiece to memory. Dramatically staged by Peter Sellars, AGRIME is a biblical parable of St. Peter’s disavowal of Jesus Christ and a contemporary allegory for our fractious times.

The L.A. Times called the 2017 production “a major accomplishment for The Master Chorale–and a major accomplishment for music history.”
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The Music Guild will present Piano Trio Tuscany in three recitals (Oct. 22, 23 & 24) at its usual venues: University Synagogue Brentwood, Daniel Recital Hall, Cal State Long Beach and Adat Ari El Temple North Hollywood. Starting time is 8 pm.

Piano Trio Tuscany will explore works by Rachmaninov, Schubert and Ravel at each of these venues, incelebration of The Music Guild’s 2018/2019 season, its 74th.

Complimentary Peet’s coffee, Nate ‘n Al’s bagels, cookies and cheese will be served on Mondays and Wednesdays, 7.30 to 8 pm, and at intermission.

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