May 19, 2008 |
More than 100 years and a gulf of history separated the two big-thinking American works on Pacific Chorale conductor John Alexander's agenda at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall on Saturday night. First, he gave the West Coast premiere -- and only the second performance anywhere -- of a recent piece by David Del Tredici, whom some call a "conservative."
May 12, 2008 |
Pacific Chorale winds up its spring series of American music with a bang in "Revelations, Revolutions" on Saturday at the Orange County Performing Artscenter. The program pairs the West Coast premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Del Tredici's pyrotechnic "Paul Revere's Ride" with "Hora Novissima," American composer Horatio Parker's rarely performed, redemptive Victorian-era masterwork. Performed with the Pacific Symphony and conducted by chorale artistic director John Alexander, it features Lori Stinson (amplified soprano)
April 17, 2008 |
VOICES will be raised throughout the Southland next week, many in unison. Two choral festivals -- the first a one-day affair and the second covering three days -- showcase (largely) youthful performers from throughout the Southland, each sharing a fierce commitment to a vital and healthy future for choral music-making in America. Call it harmonic divergence. "You can never have enough of a good thing," says Grant Gershon, in his seventh season as music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the conductor for Friday's High School Choir Festival, which draws its participants mainly from Los Angeles County.
November 5, 2007 |
The Pacific Chorale offered a mostly soothing, acoustically satisfying program spanning nearly a century and a half of High Renaissance and early Baroque music Saturday to open the choral group's 40th season, its 36th under artistic director John Alexander. As much of the music was written for the Basilica San Marco in Venice, Italy, Alexander could have taken more advantage of the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall's vaunted acoustics.
April 25, 2007 |
The Pacific Chorale and the organizers of "Craft in America," a seven-city touring exhibition that opened recently in Little Rock, Ark., are the only L.A.-area recipients reaping six-figure support in a round of federal grants announced Tuesday by the National Endowment for the Arts.
October 24, 2006 |
The climax to the season-opening concert Sunday by the Pacific Chorale in the new Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Orange County Performing Arts Center was a double premiere: first hearings of new works by important, internationally acknowledged American composers Morten Lauridsen and Jake Heggie. But first, the 180-voice chorale, celebrating its move into its new home, gave performances that served as a reminder of its high achievement over a 39-year history in Orange County.
October 21, 2003 |
John Adams' "On the Transmigration of Souls," which was given its West Coast premiere Sunday night by the Pacific Chorale at the Orange County Performing Arts Center, is music meant to stay out of a listener's way. Commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center towers, the score is, in the most solemn and profoundly affecting sense, what Erik Satie once described as "furniture music."
April 1, 2003 |
Dvorak's Stabat Mater is an unjustly neglected masterpiece that may be coming into its own. A new Naxos CD by the Washington Chorus and Orchestra led by Robert Shafer joins the slim ranks of previous recordings by Czech music specialists such as Vaclav Talich and Rafael Kubelik. John Alexander, music director of the Pacific Chorale, made the work the major part of a chorale concert Sunday at the Orange County Performing Arts Center and, as on the Naxos disc, paired it with Dvorak's Psalm 149.