May 17, 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
A MUSICAL TRAVELOGUE AND SNEAK PREVIEW IN ONE
Angeles Chorale concludes its 40th season by looking ahead:
offering ‘sneak previews’ of ‘blockbuster concerts’ to come
Audience will hear excerpts from Mozart’s Requiem, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Leonard Bernstein’sChichester Psalms, and The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett, plus songs by the Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, U2 and more
Angeles Chorale concludes its 40th season with NEXT!
A sneak preview of blockbuster seasons to come:
O Fortuna from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff
Lacrymosa from Mozart’s Requiem
Down to the River to Pray (traditional)
Movement 1 from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms
Gloria from The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass
Plus songs made famous by The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin, and U2
Saturday, June 13
First United Methodist Church
500 East Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA. 91101
$25 in advance/ticket
$30 at the door (day of the concert)
Student price: $20 (day of the concert only) with valid ID
Tickets available online or by phone:
LOS ANGELES, Calif. If it works for the movies, why can’t it work for music, too? Just as moviegoers are treated to sneak previews of upcoming releases, music lovers who attend “NEXT!” on Saturday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at United Methodist Church in Pasadena will hear excerpts from upcoming performances of the Angeles Chorale.
Better yet, fans of the renowned choral ensemble – which is celebrating its 40th season of music making this year – will hear musical ‘trailers’ highlighting not only the 2015-2016 season but the following four as well.
“NEXT! will be a very eclectic concert,” Artistic Director John Sutton admits with a smile. “But that’s the whole point. We want to leave the audience with a definite sense of what great music we’ll be offering them for the next five years. And if these ‘trailers’ work the way movie trailers work – if they leave people saying, ‘that concert is going to be a blockbuster, I have to go hear it!’ – all the better. They won’t be disappointed.”
NEXT! will be more than a sneak preview, however. It will offer the audience a chance to travel the world musically. For example, when the Angeles Chorale ‘visits’ Nashville, it will present the “Gloria” from The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass by Carol Barnett, complete with a bluegrass band, as well as Moses Sun’s arrangement of Dolly Parton’s cover of the iconic rock song, Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.
Other ‘stops’ on NEXT!’s itinerary include New York City (Leonard Bernstein’s “Movement 1 from Chicester Psalms), Los Angeles (selections by The Beach Boys plus “Down to the River to Pray,” a traditional song that played a key ‘role’ in the Hollywood film Oh, Brother Where Art Thou?), Tokyo (the most popular choral song in Japan - "Rain"), and Dublin (Sun’s arrangement of U2’s I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For).
The Chorale even promises some time travel. It will return to Mozart’s Vienna with “Lacrymosa” from Requiemand to Carl Orff’s Munich, with the instantly recognizable and exhilarating opening to Carmina Burana, “O Fortuna.”
“Building a concert like this is a challenge; you want it to be cohesive. But it is also a lot of fun,” says Sutton. “It’s a wonderful way to showcase how incredibly versatile the Angeles Chorale is. They are breathtaking in their encounters with classical icons like Mozart yet, at the same time, they are masters of the unique harmonies, structures and rhythms found in the music of today and other cultures. They literally do it all.”
A case in point: the women of the Chorale performed last September with the LA Children’s Chorus at the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s John Williams Gala, singing “Dry Your Tears, Afrika” from the film Amistad – a work that required singing in Mende, one of Sierra Leone’s major languages.
Tickets are available in advance for $25/person and $30/person at the door on the day of the concert. Student tickets may be purchased for $20, with a valid ID, at the door only. Either visit Angeles Chorale atwww.angeleschorale.org or call (818) 591-1735.
First United Methodist church is located at 500 East Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena, 91101.
The Angeles Chorale thanks the Los Angeles County Arts Commission for its help in supporting this performance.
ABOUT THE CHORALE
The Angeles Chorale is a 100-voice, auditioned, professional-level, volunteer choir rehearsing and performing in the Los Angeles area. Its mission is to engage, enrich and inspire our audiences, singers, and our diverse community by performing great choral music with a passionate commitment to excellence, and to increase access to and appreciation of choral music in greater Los Angeles.
The Chorale was founded in 1975 by Bill and Ada Beth Lee, who led the organization until 1987 when John Alexander assumed the mantle of Artistic Director. In 1996, Donald Neuen, Director of Choral Activities at UCLA, stepped to the podium and led the Chorale for the next thirteen years. Under his direction, the Angeles Chorale became best known for its productions of classical masterworks for chorus and orchestra. The 2014-2015 concert season, the Chorale’s 40th season and the fifth under the direction of Dr. John Sutton, will kick off with a rousing encore performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass (September 13), followed by An AmericanChristmas celebration (December 13), Dvorak’s Stabat Mater (March 29), and NEXT: A Preview of What’s To Come (June 13), featuring works by musicians ranging from Orff and Mozart to Led Zeppelin, U2 and the Beach Boys.
The Angeles Chorale has performed with many local orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony.
The Chorale appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2012 under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel as he conducted Mahler’s 8th Symphony, the Symphony of a Thousand, at the Shrine Auditorium. That season, the Angeles Chorale also was honored to perform with Barbra Streisand at the Hollywood Bowl and with Julie Andrews at the annual Holiday Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, part of the LA Philharmonic’s “Deck the Halls” concert series. In summer 2014, 30 members of the Angeles Chorale returned to the Hollywood Bowl to appear with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance entitled “An Evening of Chinese Splendor,” featuring Song Zuying, one of China’s most prominent and best-established artists, and pop singer Wang Leehom. Additionally, the Chorale will again lead the LA Philharmonic’s annual Holiday Sing-Along at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on December 20, 2014.
For the past six years, the Angeles Chorale has worked with Immediate Music, one of the largest leasing libraries for movie previews and television commercials, as well as many other similar organizations. Chorale voices can be heard in many Hollywood movie trailers, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,Tangled, Meet the Parents: Little Fockers, and Prince of Persia.
ABOUT ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JOHN SUTTON
John Sutton’s professional choral career spans over four decades of work in the community, church, academic, and professional settings. From major choral and instrumental works, concert and chamber choirs, to music for television and movies, John is recognized for his work with children, youth, adults, and with amateurs and professionals alike. Today is one of the most active professional conductors in the nation, conducting over 400 singers and orchestra members weekly.
As a student, Dr. Sutton has studied with some of the most distinguished conductors in the field of choral music. John holds degrees from Northwest University (B.A. in Sacred Music and Biblical Literature), San José State University where he was a student of Dr. Charlene Archibeque (MA in Choral Conducting), and the University of California at Los Angeles, where his mentoring professor was Donald Neuen (DMA in Choral Conducting). He continues to actively study with both Dr. Archibeque and Professor Neuen.
Beyond his focused choral training in the university setting, John has studied and performed with notable choral luminaries such as Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson, Weston Noble, Frank Pooler, Howard Swan, Paul Salamunovich, Anton Armstrong, Eph Ely, Jerry Blackstone, and others. In addition, he has performed extensively throughout the United States and abroad in choral concert tours and recording projects which include performances at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and Constitution Hall. He has conducted international concert tours with church and university choirs thoughout Canada, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South Korea. In 2011, Dr. Sutton led choirs on concert tours of Argentina and the Southern United States. In 2012, John prepared choirs from the United States and United Kingdom for performances at the Brittania Music festivities in Birmingham and London, England.
His enthusiasm for the choral art and his commitment to excellence has made him a popular choral clinician, festival conductor and adjudicator, leading workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the National Association of Church Musicians, American Christian Schools International, Choristers Guild, the national Conference on Liturgy and Worship, the Mount Herman Summer Choral Camp, and many others. In January of 2010 he was the featured speaker at the National Association of Church Musicians, Mid-Winter Conference. In 2011, John was the featured clinician for the Lake Tahoe “Summer Sing,” and in June 2013, Dr. Sutton was the featured clinician and guest conductor at the Exultate Deo Choral Festival in Buenas Aires, Argentina. In 2014-’15, John will be conducting concerts, adjudicating choral festivals, and leading choral workshops throughout Texas, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Since moving to Los Angeles in 2000, John has conducted choral music heard on weekly television series, and national ad campaigns for major motion pictures such as the Harry Potter series, the Spider Man series, The Divinci Code, Fantastic Four, and countless others. In 2005, he was appointed as the Music Director/Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual Christmas Holiday Sing-a-Long. His relationship with the L.A. Phil has resulted in Hollywood Bowl performances with pop singer Barry Manilow (2009) the legendary Italian composer Ennio Morricone (2009), Barbara Streisand (2012), and Walt Disney Concert Hall performances with Julie Andrews (2012-13). Most recently, Dr. Sutton prepared the Angeles Chorale for a Hollywood Bowl concert with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in an evening of music dedicated to the composers of China (July, 2014).
2010 marked Dr. Sutton being named as the Artistic Director of the Angles Chorale, and being selected as the Azusa Pacific University (APU) nominee for the national Arlin G. Meyer Award for Outstanding Musical Performance. In May, 2014, Dr. Sutton was the inaugural recipient of the Faith & Fine Arts Award, presented by the APU’s College of Music and the Arts.
John is an Associate Professor at APU in the College of Music and the Arts, where he leads and gives vision to the entire choral program as the Director of Choral Activities. He conducts the Oratorio Choir and the University Choir and Orchestra, in addition to teaching classes in conducting, and Church Music. He has served the students of APU since Fall, 2000. Dr. Sutton continues to lead and consult with the choral and worship programs at Lake Avenue Church in Pasadena, where he has served since Fall, 2000.
John resides in Altadena, California with his wife, Dr. Cecilia Patiño-Sutton.
Publicist: Jenine Baines
Executive Director: Rae Macdonald
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