Very eclectic Passions
Diverse traditions of sacred joy
Passion Week is here, and in a marked departure from the usual Easter fare, the Metropolitan Master Chorale
has prepared a concert matching traditional and new music, expanding boundaries for their audience as well as their members. The group is an impressive example of the vast diversity of LA's singer community, and boasts some heavy hitters from the local scene, including such Listers as Gerald White
and Alison Lewis
(who solos on a compelling jazz work on this concert -- see below). This particular event gives the group a healthy, exhilarating stretch, too: "it really demonstrates the range of what the chorale can do," beams board president Catherine Schuster
. Led by guest conductor Michael Arshagouni, t
he program starts with Mozart
's legendary Requiem
, but the concert's centerpiece is actually the world premiere of Asking for Kaddish
from LA composer, bassist, teacher and performer Ross Wright
. Wright is known for his penchant for genre mashups and compositional fearlessness, and especially for his alter ego, Elvis Schoenberg
, leader of the Orchestre Surreal
. The Kaddish
is one of the most important and profound prayers in Judaism, and takes several forms. This work puts Wright's complex harmonies and eclectic style to work to express "love, memory, and compassion in the face of loss", an apt message for a week when multiple faith traditions celebrate sacrifice, resurrection and salvation in various forms.
Next is Shelly Berg
's very exciting Convergence
, a jazz vespers that merges elements of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism. Its performance features Alison Lewis
and some of LA's finest jazz musicos, including pianist Dave Tull
and drummer Dave Arnay
. The program wraps up nicely with the reprise of a piece by Glenn Carlos
, who is also the group's artistic director: 'Sometimes I Cry
' is a choral setting of a poem by Rhea Rackley
, a beautiful and highly visual celebration of not only life, but of the whole life cycle, including death. There is no better realization of the tumultuous yet joyful energy of the season.
Map & Directions
Metropolitan Master Chorale
Sunday, April 1, 5pm
Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC)
514 S. Spring Street (between 5th & 6th)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
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LAURI D GOLDENHERSH's Weekly Highlights
Ready for spring?
Palm Sunday is upon us, with Passover not far behind -- so the next couple of weeks include loads of gorgeous sacred music, but not as many concerts and operas. This is fairly normal, at least until we can effectively clone singers! The concerts and operas for the next couple of weeks are more likely to highlight traditional fare, but they'll do so in high style, with stellar performances and seasonal celebration.
The big orgs are pulling out all the stops, with LA favorite CHARLES CASTRONOVO lending his glorious tenor to stump for the PHILHARMONIC SOCIETY OF ORANGE COUNTY on Friday and Sunday. The LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE brings new historical perspective to one of the most memorable and beloved masterworks in the choral repertoire -- J.S. Bach's 'St. John Passion
', accompanied by MUSICA ANGELICA BAROQUE ORCHESTRA. The program will be offered on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and tickets are in high demand. See the calendar for information on these top-notch happenings.
The local legal community celebrates April Fool's Day with a 'Concert Extravaganza
', and everything about it is big: With the LAWYERS PHILHARMONIC and LEGAL VOICES, billed, rightly, as 'LA's Only Legal Orchestra & Chorus', and joined by the BIG BAND OF BARRISTERS and the JR. PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, this big-guns to-do features emcee DOUG McINTYRE from KABC Radio, and TV and film legends JUNE LOCKHART and HAL LINDEN, as narrator and soloist, respectively. Tickets are only $10, and benefit a very good cause: the fundraiser benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children
, and takes place, naturally, at the Shrine. For more information, click here
If you're heading east, don't miss 'Notes on Water
' at POMONA COLLEGE in Claremont, or OPERA IN THE PARK in Palm Springs. Somewhere in the middle, however, Ontario's Resound! Concert Series
presents soprano BETHANY BAXTER and CHERI COLE on trumpet, with an unusual program of Schubert Lieder. The duo performs on Saturday, night, and you can get info by clicking here
Have a wonderful week, and as always, thank you for supporting live singing!
Lauri D. Goldenhersh
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