ďA FEAST FOR THE EARS AND BALM FOR THE SOULĒ
The Angeles Chorale presents music from the life of Englandís Royal Family, featuring John Rutterís This is the Day, composed for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and John Tavenerís Song for Athene, sung at the funeral of Princess Diana, along with music by Handel, Henry Purcell, Gustav Holst, Benjamin Britten, and many more.
Classical music radio host Kimberlea Daggy, creator of KUSCís popular choral music program Soul Music, joins Artistic Director and conductor John Sutton, organist Julian Revie and the Chorale as Master of Ceremonies and Music Commentator
LOS ANGELES, Calif. In recent times, England’s royal family has without question functioned as a kind of ongoing economic stimulus package for British tourism and the tabloid media. But long before the era of Charles and Diana sparked the frenzy of media coverage that led to the young Princess’s death in 1997, the Royals inspired a ‘frenzy’ of great music making, as fans of choral music will discover when the Angeles Chorale presents “A Royal Affair” on Saturday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pasadena.
“A Royal Affair is a historical look at music from the British Isles that has been performed at– and often written specifically for – events revolving around the life of the royal family,” explains Artistic Director and Conductor John Sutton. “We’ll present songs for times of celebration like birthdays and weddings, for times of loss and mourning, and for normal times, when the royal family is doing what they do, going all the way back to the Renaissance and all the way up to just a few years ago.”
As Sutton promises, the program is indeed a journey through the ages of Britain’s musical history. Works performed include: O Lord Make Thy Servant Elizabeth by Byrd, composed for Queen Elizabeth I; Handel’s Zadok the Priest, performed at every British coronation from the time Handel composed it; Purcell’s Thou Knowest, Lord, the Secrets of Our Hearts, performed at the funeral of Queen Mary II; Charles Standord’s Gloria, presented at the coronation of George V; Britten’s Jubilate Deo, commissioned by the Duke of Edinburgh; Matthias’ Let People Praise Thee, O God, performed at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana; Tavener’s Song for Athene, performed at the funeral of Princess Diana; and the Ukranian Kontakian for the Departed, performed on “Remembrance Day,” when the Queen lays a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
The Angeles Chorale will also perform the following works, led by the ensemble’s assistant conductor, Amber Kim: Wesley’s Thou Wilt Keep him in Perfect Peace, written for Elizabeth II’s coronation; I Was Glad, composed by Hubert Parry in 1916 for the right for women to vote; and John Rutter’s This is the Day, written for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Joining the Angeles Chorale for “A Royal Affair” is choral music expert extraordinaire Kimberlea Daggy. Daggy is perhaps best known as the creator and host until 2012 of KUSC’s Sunday morning program, Soul Music, which explored the history, traditions and impact of choral music throughout the ages. She is also a familiar face at many preconcert lectures series for organizations ranging from LA Opera to the Ojai Music Festival.
“Kimberlea is one of the most knowledgeable people of choral music that I know, so we’re thrilled she has agreed to host the concert,” says Sutton. “We’ll learn how each piece of music connects to the others and how the composers connect and how it all ultimately connects to the events that make up the lives of the Royal Family. The evening will be something like a live radio broadcast, with Kimberlea doing what she would normally do on the air – except, instead of listening to the music on the radio, you’ll hear it live with the Angeles Chorale.”
Adds Daggy: “We’ll also explore the public and private sides of the Royal Family. Some of the music is full of the pomp and circumstance so often associated with British pageantry while other pieces reveal poignant moments in the lives of the Royal Family. The music takes us on an aural tour of three iconic structures as well, with pieces written specifically for St. Paul’s Cathedral, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor, and Westminster Abbey. It’s a feast for the ears and a balm for the soul!”
Also performing with the Chorale that evening is Canadian composer and organist Julian Revie, a first place winner in the Canadian Music Competitions who not only graduated from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto but who holds degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Yale University and Caltech. Pasadena music lovers may have experienced Revie’s artistry firsthand as well during his tenure, from 2002 to 2011, as organist at Lake Avenue Congregational Church, where he played a 7,072-pipe Casavant organ.
“So much of the music was written for the organ and chorus together,” Sutton explains. “At First United Methodist Church, we’ve not only got great acoustics – there isn’t a poor seat in the house – but we have a magnificent pipe organ for Julian to bring to life. It will really fill the place up and give people a true experience of what the Royal Family would have heard when the work was first performed.”
Tickets for “A Royal Affair” are available for $25, general seating, and for $20 for students with a valid ID at the door. (Student tickets are not available online.)For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.angeleschorale.org or call 818.591.1735. The First United Methodist Church is located at 500 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, 91101.
TO WATCH A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH JOHN SUTTON ABOUT THE UPCOMING PERFORMANCE, VISIT ANGELES CHORALE’S WEBSITE, WWW.ANGELESCHORALE.ORG
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
KIMBERLEA DAGGY is one of LA’s most popular classical music radio hosts. Audiences love her beautiful, soothing voice, her welcoming presence, and her joyful enthusiasm for music. Daggy spent the last eleven years on Classical KUSC, presenting a wide array of programs, from daily afternoon shows to quarterly specials celebrating composers’ birthdays to her highly successful contemplative choral music program, Soul Music. For the last eight seasons, she co-hosted live broadcasts of LA Opera performances, providing commentary and interviewing international artists, including Plácido Domingo, James Conlon, and Marilyn Horne. Daggy shares the joy of classical music in the frequent pre-performance talks she gives throughout Southern California, at venues such as LA Opera, the Ojai Music Festival, and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. She also presents seminars and lectures on various aspects of music history and appreciation, from the history of the symphony to choral traditions throughout Europe and the Americas. Daggy frequently sings with the choir of the Parish of St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, both in California and abroad. Tours included performances in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Wales, and England, where the choir sang a weeklong residency at Winchester Cathedral in 2011.
JULIAN REVIE, ORGAN
Canadian composer and organist Julian Revie served at Lake Avenue Congregational Church in Pasadena, California, where he played the 7,072-pipe Casavant organ from 2002 to 2011. He formerly served as Organist at the St. Thomas More Chapel at Yale University and at the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica in Ottawa, Canada.
Born in Ottawa in 1979, Julian began his musical life at age four as a pianist. At age ten, he began studies in organ and clarinet, and he later also studied the carillon. He has won several national awards, including first place in the Canadian Music Competitions in 1999. Julian holds a diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as well as degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics from Yale University and the California Institute of Technology. He has also studied at the Netherlands Carillon School and the Royal Carillon School of Belgium.
Julian has studied composition with Bruce Reich at UCLA and Veronika Krausas at the University of Southern California. His compositions for solo instruments, voice, chamber ensembles, and orchestra have been performed in North America and in Europe. Julian was honored to be a finalist in the 2005 International BMI Student Composer Competition.