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Los Angeles Master Chorale delivers an ardent B Minor Mass

Los Angeles Master Chorale delivers an ardent B Minor Mass
Los Angeles Master Chorale delivers an ardent B Minor Mass
John Hively

Choral concert

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The Los Angeles Master Chorale resurrected Bach’s B Minor Mass for the group’s grand anniversary in Walt Disney Concert Hall on January 25 and 26, 2014.

Powered by 115 singers and a symphonic orchestra, this was the Chorale’s eleventh performance of the monumental work. The first was at the Music Center 49 years ago under the direction of Roger Wagner, the very first concert performed by the group.

Music Director Grant Gershon conducted with his signature fluid style. Of special note was the Domine Deus: Elissa Johnston, soprano and John Lee Keenan, tenor. The two were perfectly paired, producing a clarion sound - matched by Geri Rotella, flute. Rotella is also a soundtrack regular: Blades of Glory, Bruce Almighty, Panic Room, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more.

Pablo Cora sang the Benedictus, another standout who handled the soaring score with deft mastery. Cora is also a staff singer at Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pacific Palisades.

The Master Chorale performs choral music that spans antiquity to modern compositions. Gershon has led more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, helping earn the Chorale three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming. The Chorale is in its 11th season as resident chorus of Disney Hall, and 50th season as resident chorus of the Music Center.

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