November 7th, 2016
November 7, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AN L.A. CHRISTMAS:
Angeles Chorale presents
AN L.A. CHRISTMAS: Music from the City of Angels…
the opening concert of its 42nd Season, entitled
Made in America, The Sound of the American Spirit
LOS ANGELES, Calif. Pack your bags and join the Angeles Chorale on a musical road trip across America! The first stop of their season, aptly named Made in America, starts right here in Los Angeles. On Saturday, December 10 at 7:30pm in Pasadena, you won’t want to miss An L.A. Christmas: Music from the City of Angels.
“This concert features the music of L.A. composers, and people who live and work in our great city” says John Sutton, Conductor and Artistic Director. Sutton is excited to “make our audience proud of where we live, and introduce them to a rich tapestry of music created right here in our backyard.”
The audience will experience unique, beautiful works like Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs which is described by Sutton as “absolutely stunning, and makes you really feel the spirit of winter.” Lauridsen is a Los Angeles treasure, and was the first ever Composer in Residence at the L.A. Master Chorale. His cornerstone piece will be complemented with works by fellow L.A.M.C. residents past and present; Shawn Kirchner and Eric Whitacre. Kirchner’s brand new, just published piece, Brightest and Best will especially impress audiences with its fresh sound. The Angeles Chorale is honored to perform this new work.
Also on the program are works by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Stravinsky, Alfred Burt, Benjamin Britten, Ken Neufeld and Tom Lehrer.
In addition to newer works, patrons will also experience the joy and warmth of the holidays with classic songs of the Christmas season, including a holiday sing-along. This concert also features Angeles Chorale’s tradition of passing the light of a candle to each audience member. Says Sutton, “it’s worth the price of the concert just to see the church lit up with over 1,000 candles.”
The Angeles Chorale is proud to feature Pip Clarke as a violin soloist on Duane Funderburk's One Small Child and the classic Silent Night. A leading violinist of our generation, Clarke is “thrilled to perform with the Angeles Chorale, especially on these gorgeous pieces.” Having toured all around the world, Clarke is happy to make her Angeles Chorale debut close to home.
This concert will be dedicated to the memory of Rae Macdonald, the Angeles Chorale’s long-time Executive Director. Rae was an important contributor to the Los Angeles choral community for many, many years, and passed away the end of October. This concert will be a part of the Chorale’s tribute to her and the legacy of music and leadership that Rae brought to Los Angeles.
Mark your calendar for this incredible concert filled with holiday classics and new seasonal works. Says Sutton, “This is the Christmas concert in the San Gabriel Valley to go to. You don’t want to miss this.”
Saturday, December 10, at 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church
500 East Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA. 91101
$30 if purchased in advance online
$35 at the door
Group discounts available
About Guest Violinist Pip Clarke
During the past decade, Pip Clarke has established herself as one of the leading violinists of her generation. A highly expressive and romantic artist, her concert touring has taken her all over the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. Pip is a unique musician at the very peak of her talent, and it is said that her tone warms and haunts the listener long after the music has ended. Loved by audiences wherever she goes, critics have described her playing as “dazzling,” demonstrating “incredible emotion” and often noting an “audience spellbound.”
During recent seasons her concert performances took her across the United States and into Canada with appearances with the Calgary Philharmonic (Stefan Sanderling) and the Regina Symphony (Victor Sawa). Highlights in America included three performances with the Florida Orchestra and Stefan Sanderling, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Hege and six performances with the Utah Symphony Orchestra and Keith Lockhart in Salt Lake City and on tour in Southern Californian performing in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Pip also toured Scotland with critically acclaimed "sell out" concerts with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. She was also the featured violin soloist in the major motion picture '15 Minutes' (with Robert De Niro and Edward Burns). She is also featured in the 2007 book, 'The World of Women in Classical Music' by Dr. Anne Gray and the revised 2004 edition of 'The Great Violinists' by Margaret Campbell. Pip’s latest recording “Amidst a Fantasy” collaborating with Pianist Tavit Tashjian is due to be released this fall.
About the Angeles Chorale
The Angeles Chorale is an all-volunteer, professional-level, auditioned group of 100 Angelenos from all walks of life, aged 21 to over 80, brought together by our shared passion for great choral music. Our mission is 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. Recent Angeles Chorale performance highlights include A John Williams Celebration with the LA Phil at Disney Hall in 2014, and Barbra Streisand’s Back to Brooklyn concert at the Hollywood Bowl in 2012. In 2014 the chorale appeared with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in An Evening of Chinese Splendor and in 2015 the Angeles Chorale performed in Distant Words: Music from Final Fantasy at the Microsoft Theater. In December 2015 the Angeles Chorale released An American Christmas, recorded live in concert and featuring works by Morten Lauridsen, Alfred Burt, and Randol Alan Bass.
2016-2017 Concert Season: Made in America
In our 42nd season, Made in America, the Angeles Chorale brings to life the diverse musical tapestry of America with works both familiar and new. In December, we explore homegrown holiday music by local composers with An L.A. Christmas. This cornerstone piece of our performance include Morten Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, and our annual candlelight sing-along, a crowd favorite full of the most beloved holiday carols and tunes. Then, in March, we celebrate the American Heartland with Sounds of the Smoky Mountains featuring early American folk music like Oh Shenandoah, and a contemporary bluegrass interpretation of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven. Finally, we close out the season with A Musical Bite of the Big Apple. We’ll perform notable pieces by Leonard Bernstein, including Chichester Psalms and selections from West Side Story, as well as other crowd-pleasing Broadway selections.
About Artistic Director John Sutton
The chorale’s 2016-2017 concert season marks the seventh under Artistic Director Dr. John Sutton. John’s artistic vision for the Angeles Chorale rests on a foundation of choral excellence in performing music of diverse expressions and styles including major works for choir and orchestra, shorter works from the classical choral canon, works by contemporary choral composers, and folk, gospel, world and pop music. He is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University in the College of Music and the Arts, where he is Director of Choral Activities.
Executive Director: Rae Macdonald
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