LA Master Chorale's European Tour

Follow the LA Master Chorale on Tour with the LA Philharmonic – March 2013


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Los Angeles Master Chorale

Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale is led by Music Director Grant Gershon.  The New York Times calls the choir “inspired,” and The New York Observer declares it “a superb vocal ensemble.”  The Chorale is currently in its 49th season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 10th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions.

Music Directors:

  • Grant Gershon, since 2001
  • Paul Salamunovich, 1991–2001
  • John Currie, 1986–1991
  • Roger Wagner, 1964–1986

Accomplishments: 34 commissions; 83 premieres of new works, of which 44 are world premieres; winner of the prestigious 2012 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America; ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming (1995, 2003 and 2010); Chorus America Education Outreach Award (2000 and 2008) for Voices Within

In the community: a 12-week residency program, Voices Within, that teaches songwriting and collaborative skills to more than 300 students each year; an annual High School Choir Festival celebrating its 24th year in 2013; the LA Master Chorale Chamber Singers, an ensemble from the Chorale that sings at culmination performances and the High School Choir Festival; master classes; invited dress rehearsals

On disc: with Music Director Grant Gershon includes Górecki: Miserere, Nico Muhly’s A Good Understanding (Decca); Philip Glass’ Itaipú and Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund (RCM); and Steve Reich’s You Are (Variations) and Daniel Variations (both on Nonesuch); with Music Director Emeritus Paul Salamunovich include the Grammy Award®-nominated Lauridsen – Lux Aeterna, Christmas, and a recording of Dominick Argento’s Te Deum and Maurice Duruflé’s Messe “Cum Jubilo”; Shostakovich’s Orango with Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic


On film: Motion picture soundtracks with Grant Gershon include Lady in the Water, Click and License to Wed; soundtracks with Paul Salamunovich include A.I. Artificial Intelligence, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Sum of All Fears, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Waterworld

Grant_58D4166hGrant Gershon

The Kiki & David Gindler Music Director

Now in his twelfth season as Music Director, Grant has led more than 100 performances with the Chorale at Disney Hall. In addition to conducting acclaimed performances of the classics, he has expanded the choir’s repertoire significantly by conducting a number of world premieres: Los Cantores de las Montañas by Gabriela Lena Frank; Mugunghwa: Rose of Sharon by Mark Grey; You Are (Variations) by Steve Reich; Requiem by Christopher Rouse; City of Dis by Louis Andriessen; Sang by Eve Beglarian; A Map of Los Angeles by David O; Spiral XII by Chinary Ung; Dream Variations by Andrea Clearfield; Music’s Music by Steven Sametz; Voici le soir by Morten Lauridsen; Messages and Brief Eternity by Bobby McFerrin and Roger Treece; Broken Charms by Donald Crockett; Rezos (Prayers) by Tania León

Other appearances: LA Philharmonic, LA Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Santa Fe Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Minnesota Opera, Utah Opera, Juilliard Opera Theatre, Lincoln Center, Zankel Hall, Teatro Colón and music festivals in Edinburgh, Vienna, Helsinki, Ravinia, Rome, Madrid and Aspen; world premiere performances of The Grapes of Wrath by Ricky Ian Gordon and Ceiling/Sky by John Adams

Other current assignments: Resident Conductor at LA Opera; made his Santa Fe Opera debut in 2011 conducting Peter Sellars’ new production of Vivaldi’s Griselda; led the world premiere performances of Daniel Catán’s Il Postino with LA Opera in September 2010 and on tour in Santiago, Chile in 2012; led LA Opera performances of La Traviata in 2009 and Madame Butterfly in 2012

Previous assignments: Assistant Conductor for the LA Philharmonic, Berlin Staatsoper, Salzburg Festival, Festival Aix-en-Provence

Member of: USC Thornton School of Music Board of Councilors, Chorus America Board of Directors

On disc: Two Grammy Award®- nominated recordings: Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s Grand Macabre (Sony Classical); Górecki: Miserere (Decca), A Good Understanding (Decca), Glass-Salonen (RCM), You Are (Variations) (Nonesuch) and Daniel Variations (Nonesuch) with the Master Chorale; The Grapes of Wrath (PS Classics)

Prepared choruses for: Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Simon Rattle, Esa-Pekka Salonen

On film/tv: PBS Great Performances production and DVD of Il Postino, released October 16, 2012; vocal soloist in The X-Files (I Want to Believe); conducted choral sessions for films I Am Legend, Charlie Wilson’s War, Lady in the Water, and License to Wed; accompanied Kiri Te Kanawa and José Carreras on The Tonight Show


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