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50th Season Celebration Concert

by Los Angeles Master Chorale

This album celebrates five remarkable decades of music - the most beloved, groundbreaking, inspiring and signature a cappella works that have defined the Los Angeles Master Chorale and its music directors. Recorded live at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Genre: Classical: Choral Music
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1. Ave Maria
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2. Il Est Bel Et Bon
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3. Danny Boy
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4. Hold On!
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5. Missa Carminum Brevis "Folk Song Mass": I. Kyrie / Sally Gardens
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6. Veni Creator Spiritus
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7. Tu Es Petrus
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8. Tu Es Petrus
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9. Ubi Caritas
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10. Vespers, Op. 37: VI. Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya
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11. O Magnum Mysterium
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12. The Good Old Way
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13. The Lord's Prayer
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14. Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit
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15. Unclouded Day
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16. Alleluia
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Album Notes
A Cappella Highlights Selected from the LA Master Chorale's 50th Season Celebration Concert

Los Angeles Master Chorale
Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Music Director
Lesley Leighton, Associate Conductor

Recorded Live at Walt Disney Concert Hall on September 22, 2013

What they’re saying about this concert…

“The singing was sensational, all of it, whether kitschy, quirky or spiritually transporting.”

“When one of the finest chorales in the world offers a musical compendium from their last five decades, one expects a sterling program. Yet the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 50th Season Celebration at Disney Hall went beyond mere expectation.”

“The result was arresting, radiant, and ultimately cathartic. Even the noisiest audience members were as locked-in as the singers were; I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard a Walt Disney Concert Hall audience be so unified with the performers on stage.”

“For the opening of their 50th anniversary season, the Los Angeles Master Chorale produced a sentimental, but boisterous affair, one that, even for them, exceeded expectations.”



LAMC’s Music Directors

Roger Wagner, Founding Music Director
Tenure: 1964 – 1986

John Currie, Music Director
Tenure: 1986 – 1991

Paul Salamunovich, Music Director Emeritus
Tenure: 1991 – 2001

Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Music Director
Tenure: 2001 – Present

Excerpt from the September 22 concert program notes:

“During the course of a half century’s worth of making music, the Los Angeles Master Chorale has brought people together to give a shared human voice to these thoughts and dreams — for singers and audiences alike — and has made itself indispensable in the process. A tally over those years of 527 performances and 88 premieres (57 of them world premieres) represents an extraordinary record of indispensability: to the cultural life of its home city, to the preservation of choral music’s rich legacy and to innovation of the art by promoting significant contemporary composers and discovering hidden musical gems.

Tonight we look back on these achievements and celebrate the phases and facets that have shaped the Chorale’s identity. The program is divided into four sets, each highlighting the respective personalities of the ensemble’s four music directors. Above all, though, the tremendous range of styles, techniques and varieties of musical meaning on offer this evening is a tribute to the versatile — and indispensable — artistry of these singers.”

- Written by Thomas May. Reprinted with permission.


This live recording of the 50th Season Celebration Concert features some of the signature a cappella works that have been performed by the Los Angeles Master Chorale over the past five decades.

Ave Maria
Tomás Luis da Vittoria (1548-1611)

Il est bel et bon
Pierre Passereau (fl. 1509-1547)

Danny Boy
Traditional/arr. Roger Wagner (1914-1992)

Hold On!
Spiritual/arr. Jester Hairston (1901-2000)

Missa Carminum Brevis "Folk SOng Mass": I. Kyrie/Sally Gardens
Paul Chihara (b. 1938)

Veni Creator Spiritus
Gregorian Chant

Tu es Petrus
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c. 1525-1594)

Tu es Petrus
Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
Lesley Leighton, conductor

Ubi caritas
Maurice Duruflé
Lesley Leighton, conductor

Vespers, Op. 37: VI.Bogoroditsye Devo, Raduisya, “Rejoice, O Virgin”
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

O Magnum Mysterium
Morten Lauridsen (b. 1943)

The Good Old Way
William Walker (1809-1875)

The Lord’s Prayer
Duke Ellington (1899-1974)

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit
Spiritual/arr. William Dawson (1899-1990)

Unclouded Day
Josiah K. Atwood (1828-1909)/arr. Shawn Kirchner (b. 1970)

Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
With LAMC Alumni Singers


Giving a voice to Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Grammy-nominated LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE is led by Music Director Grant Gershon. The New York Times calls the choir “inspired,” and The New York Observer declares it “a superb vocal ensemble.” The Chorale is currently in its 50th season as a resident company of The Music Center of Los Angeles County and its 11th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall. Presenting its own concert series each season, it performs choral music from the earliest writings to the most recent contemporary compositions. To date, the choir has commissioned 42 and premiered 88 new works, of which 57 were world premieres, and has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. The Chorale has performed in more than 300 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Disney Hall, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and the Hollywood Bowl, and recently toured with the orchestra to Europe and New York City. It has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leading venues throughout the Southland. Its discography includes five CDs under Gershon’s baton. The latest, released in 2012 on Decca, features three works by Polish composer Henryk Górecki. LAMC previously released three CDs under Music Director Emeritus Paul Salamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated “Lauridsen-Lux Aeterna.” The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of such major motion pictures as “Lady in the Water” and “License to Wed.” Serving more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale also provides education outreach to some 6,000 students each year.

GRANT GERSHON was named the Kiki and David Gindler Music Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale in 2001 and also serves as Resident Conductor of LA Opera. Heralded by critics, the Los Angeles Times declares that the Chorale "has become the most exciting chorus in the country under Grant Gershon” and Opera News proclaims him “a first-rate conductor.” During his tenure with the Chorale, he has led more than 100 performances at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, including virtually all of the major works in the choral repertoire. A champion of new music as well, Mr. Gershon has led world premiere performances of major works by Louis Andriessen, Christopher Rouse, Steve Reich, Gabriela Lena Frank and Chinary Ung, among many others. His discography includes two Grammy Award-nominated recordings: “Sweeney Todd” (New York Philharmonic Special Editions) and Ligeti’s “Grand Macabre” (Sony Classical); and five CDs with the Chorale: “Glass-Salonen” (RCM), “You Are (Variations)” (Nonesuch), “Daniel Variations” (Nonesuch), “A Good Understanding” (Decca), and, most recently, “Miserere” (Decca), featuring works by Henryk Górecki recorded in Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The 2013-14 season marks the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s 50th season with Mr. Gershon conducting 14 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall, which included an opening night multi-media spectacular celebrating the Chorale’s illustrious musical history (September 22, 2013), and will conclude with a season finale featuring three world premieres by eminent composers Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Lang and LAMC Swan Family Composer In Residence Shawn Kirchner (June 8, 2014).

LESLEY LEIGHTON, Associate Conductor: Whether conducting professional, community or university singers, Lesley Leighton's primary mission remains the same: to nurture southern California's rich choral music tradition. A native of Los Angeles, Leighton studied with Paul Salamunovich at Loyola Marymount University, where she earned her BA in choral conducting. She later obtained her MM in vocal performance and DMA in choral music from the University of Southern California.

Leighton was named the first Associate Conductor in the history of Los Angeles Master Chorale in July 2011 following a year as Assistant Conductor. She was appointed Artistic Director of Los Robles Master Chorale in 2008, and Music Director of New West Symphony Chorus in 2009. Most recently she was appointed Interim Director of Choral Activities at La Sierra University in May of 2013 and Adjunct Professor of Choral Music at Rio Hondo College in July 2013. She has also been guest-conductor for El Dorado Opera, Santa Clara Chorale and the Santa Monica Summer Music Series. Leighton has prepared choirs for Gustavo Dudamel, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Bramwell Tovey, Leonard Slatkin, Michael Tilson Thomas, Boris Brott and Marcello Lehninger.

SOPRANO: Suzanne Anderson, Tamara Bevard, Christina Bristow, Karen Hogle Brown, Amy Caldwell-Mascio, Hayden Eberhart, Claire Fedoruk, Carrah Flahive, Rachelle Fox, Harriet Fraser, Colleen Graves, Ayana Haviv, Marie Hodgson, Elissa Johnston, Virenia Lind, Deborah Mayhan, Caroline McKenzie, Lika Miyake, Bethanie Peregrine, Zanaida Robles, Anna Schubert, Holly Sedillos, Suzanne Waters, Elyse Marchant Willis, Sunjoo Yeo

ALTO: Nicole Baker, Lesili Beard, Rose Beattie, Leanna Brand, Aleta Braxton, Monika Bruckner, Janelle DeStefano, Becky Dornon, Amy Fogerson, Michele Hemmings, Saundra Hall Hill, Callista Hoffman-Campbell, Leslie Inman, Farah Kidwai, Sharmila Guha Lash, Sarah Lynch, Adriana Manfredi, Cynthia Marty, Margaurite Mathis-Clark, Alice Kirwan Murray, Eleni Pantages, Shinnshill Park, Drea Pressley, Helene Quintana, Laura Smith, Niké St. Clair, Nancy Sulahian, Ilana Summers, Kimberly Switzer, Kristen Toedtman, Tracy Van Fleet

TENOR: Matthew Brown, Daniel Chaney, Bradley Chapman, Pablo Corá, Benjamin Cortez, Jon Gathje, Arnold Livingston Geis, Jody Golightly, Timothy Gonzales, Steven Harms, Todd Honeycutt, Blake Howard, Brandon Hynum, Jon Lee Keenan, Shawn Kirchner, Charles Lane, Michael Lichtenauer, Sal Malaki, Christian Marcoe, Michael McDonough, Adam Noel, John Russell, George Sterne, Todd Strange, Matthew Tresler

BASS: Joseph Bazyouros, Mark Beasom, Michael Blanchard, Reid Bruton, David Castillo, Kevin Dalbey, Greg Davies, Michael Freed, Gregory Geiger, Dylan Gentile, William Goldman, Abdiel Gonzalez, Scott Graff, Stephen Grimm, James Hayden, Matthew Kellaway, David Kress, Chung Uk Lee, Scott Lehmkuhl, Edward Levy, Emmanuel Miranda, Steve Pence, Jim Raycroft, Vincent Robles, Douglas Shabe, Mark Edward Smith, Paul E. Sobosky, Ryan Villaverde, Kevin White

The Singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale are represented by the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO; Amy Fogerson, AGMA Delegate


Album Acknowledgements:
Concert Recording and Audio Engineering, Fred Vogler, Vogler Audio Media
Audio Mastered by Scott Sedillo, Bernie Grundman Mastering
Cover Art Design, King Design Office
Cover Photography, David Johnston

© 2013 LAMC LIVE | Los Angeles Master Chorale Association
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