Next week, the Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC) conducted by Music Director, Grant Gershon will perform one of the most popular and exciting choral works of the 20th century, Carmina Burana, by Carl Orff. This dynamic scenic cantata of 24 secular songs and choruses is based on a collection of 13th century Latin texts by various secular medieval poets. Also on the concert will be Verdi’s powerful religious piece, Te Deum, a choral work based on Gregorian Chant, for double chorus and orchestra. The inclusion of works requiring a symphonic orchestra, adds to this season's theme of grand concerts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Chorale's existence.
The LA Master Chorale will give two performances, a matinee performance on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 2 pm, and a performance on Sunday, November 3, 2013, at 7 p.m. The concerts will take place at the Walt Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles.
All 115 members of the LA Master Chorale will be on stage for these massive works. Joining them will be the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus along with noted guest artists, Stacey Tappan, soprano and José Adán Pérez, Baritone. The challenging tenor solos in Carmina Burana, will be performed by Chorale member, Timothy Gonzales.
With its complex choral movements, colorful orchestrations and thrilling solos, music from Carmina Burana has been heard in films, such as The Last of the Mohicans, Speed and Excalibur and in television shows such as Glee, The Simpsons and Survivor. Composed by Carl Orff in 1936, it remains his most popular work. This German composer also gained fame for creating the Orff Shulwerks or Orff Approach, an educational music system for children.
Guest artist, STACEY TAPPAN, received praise for her “coloratura bright and well-focused" in a recent performance of Adele in Die Fledermaus, at the Glyndebourne Festival Opera. This season, she stars as young Stella in LA Opera's production of a new opera, A Streetcar Named Desire, with Renée Fleming performing as Blanche.
Guest artist, baritone, JOSÉ ADÁN PÉREZ, is an alumnus of the LA Opera's Domingo-Thornton Young Artist Program, and has sung numerous roles with the company. A native of Mexico, Pérez has sung with the New York City Opera, and made his Hollywood Bowl debut as Dancaïro in Carmen with the LA Philharmonic, conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.
The Los Angeles Children's Choir, under the direction of Anne Tomlinson, Artistic Director, is recognized as a leading children's choir of classical music. The Chorus includes children aged 6-18 from 60 communities across Los Angeles, and regularly performs with prestigious musical organizations including the LA Opera.
Tickets range from $29 - $129. Group rates are available. For tickets and information: call (213) 972-7282, or visit www.lamc.org.
(Tickets at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office can only be purchased on concert date, starting 2 hours prior to the performance.)
The Walt Disney Concert Hall, 111 South Grand Avenue, 90012. Corner of First Street and South Grand Ave, in downtown Los Angeles.