October 7, 1987 |
Music director John Currie and the Los Angeles Master Chorale will open a five-program series with Bach's Mass in B-minor at 8 p.m. on Friday at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 600 St. Andrews Road, Newport Beach. Soloists and a chamber choir of 30 will be drawn from the 140-member chorale. The size of the choir for the remaining concerts in the Friday series will vary from 16 to 24 members. The series will continue: --Jan.
March 10, 1986 |
Scorn not the steadily developing musical life of Orange County. On a good weekend, genuine sophistication thrives in that region. It certainly did Friday night, when the Pacific Chorale, conducted by its music director, John Alexander, gave the first of two performances of a program devoted to Hungarian composers in the large, airy and acoustically gratifying sanctuary at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach.
November 6, 1986 |
It was a bizarre juxtaposition--"An Evening of Romance" on election night--but the mellifluous and superbly flexible William Hall Chorale pulled it off with only the slightest of glitches Tuesday night at Ambassador Auditorium. For the 100-voice group, romance was more a state of mind--and of sound--than of style or period.
June 26, 1986
Eight different concerts in 15 separate performances comprise the 1986-87 Music Center season of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, its 23rd season in residence at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. John Currie, incoming music director of the choral organization, will lead six of the eight programs. A single performance of the Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi opens the season Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. Currie will conduct and vocal soloists will be Deborah Ford, Alice Baker, Richard Leech and Richard Cowan.
June 14, 1992 |
Conductor Mark Barville has a great idea for Father's Day. Bring dad and a picnic to the bluffs overlooking the Pacific and listen to the Long Beach Chamber Chorale sing pops tunes that will bring back the old man's youth. "I'm bringing my dad," Barville said. "It's my present to him."
October 23, 1988 |
The new season for the Los Angeles Master Chorale begins Saturday, and music director John Currie promises it will be festive. "It's the 25th year of the Music Center and the Master Chorale, so we've gone for quite an upbeat season and, on the whole, quite a light-hearted celebration," says the ebullient Scot.
February 5, 2002 |
The audience applauds. The performer smiles. It is a natural, probably Pavlovian reaction. But Sunday night, seated close to the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, I noticed only a few weak smiles on the faces of the many singers in the Master Chorale following the performance of Henryk Gorecki's "Miserere." Most members of the chorus looked emotionally drained; a few were close to tears.
December 6, 1986 |
Since composer Gian-Carlo Menotti wrote "Amahl and the Night Visitors" in 1951, he has turned out more ambitious operas. But "Amahl" remains one of his best known works. The opera's Christmas themes of generosity and redemption have made it a seasonal staple. Members of the Master Chorale of Orange County will give the opera two fully staged performances Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, with 14-year-old soprano Mitch Lowe of Riverside playing Amahl.
October 5, 2004 |
Grant Gershon, the personable, boyish, enterprising music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, doesn't follow a predictable line. It would have been tempting and entirely natural for him and the chorale to break in Walt Disney Concert Hall's new pipe organ with music that would spotlight as many of the instrument's sounds and tricks as they could get away with.
November 14, 2006 |
Most concertgoers know the glories of Eastern Orthodox Church music only as filtered through the choruses in Mussorgsky's "Boris Godunov." A more direct -- though still mediated -- experience comes perhaps unexpectedly from Sergei Rachmaninoff, whose "All-Night Vigil" (also known as Vespers) must be the composer's crowning achievement and the summit of sacred Russian choral music.