This morning, 48 singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale took the stage of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center for our final dress rehearsal of the tour. This tour has been quite a magical and memorable journey for the Chorale. Tonight, we present the last and final performance on Tour to a sold out house audience. As we prepare for this final performance, and reflect on the artistic high points of the tour it is also important for us to take the opportunity to thank and acknowledge the Los Angeles Philharmonic for asking us to collaborate on this incredible project with them and for our organization to be able to lend our artistic contribution – our voices – to this monumental work.
It has been such a pleasure for all of us to have spent the past two and half weeks collaborating on such a high artistic level with such an incredible team of friends and artists – old and new – Gustavo Dudamel, Peter Sellars, John Adams, our very own Grant Gershon, all the players of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, 6 fabulous principal singers – Kelly O’Connor, Tamara Mumford, Russell Thomas… the Three (Counter)Tenors! – Daniel Bubeck Brian Cummings, and Nathan Medley… 3 majestically beautiful dancers – Michael Schumacher, Troy Ogilvie, and Anani Sanouvi, and a small army of incredibly talented, patient, and reliable artistic and production staff that have kept all of the cogs of this artistic machine moving in the right direction (across an ocean and four countries!)
Tomorrow morning we board a jet at JFK Airport to head back to Los Angeles, where many of our singers will “hit the ground running” preparing for Easter Services this coming weekend.
Hopefully, our singers will get a little bit of post-tour, post-Easter weekend rest, and a few loads of laundry done before Grant and the singers begin the process all over again, next Tuesday, as they begin preparations for our next concert in a few weeks, bringing you the music of Poulenc and Vaughan Williams.
We hope you have enjoyed our updates along the way. We will try to put together a post-tour wrap-up – with more pictures from the Tour when we get back next week. Thanks for following along!