L.A. Master Chorale lineup set for 2009-10 season
Music by John Adams, Meredith Monk, Ingram Marshall and Nico Muhly are all part of the lineup for the Los Angeles Master Chorale's recently announced 2009-10 season.
The group will also collaborate with the L.A. Philharmonic in a new festival titled "West Coast, Left Coast." All performances by the L.A. Master Chorale will be held at Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Grant Gershon is returning for his ninth season as the group's artistic director.
Adams' "Choruses from the Death of Klinghoffer" opens the season on Oct. 18. The concert will mark the first time that selections from the 1991 opera "The Death of Klinghoffer" will be performed in L.A. Also included in the concert will be Mozart's "Requiem."
On Nov. 22, the group will perform a concert as part of the "West Coast, Left Coast" festival. The program will include the L.A. premiere of Ingram Marshall's "Savage Altars," David O's "A Map of Los Angeles" and Morten Lauridsen's "Mid-Winter Songs."
The group will present the West Coast premiere of Muhly's "Bright Mass with Canons" on Jan. 31, 2010. The concert will also include the U.S. premiere of Judith Weir's "Two Human Hymns," along with three other works by different composers.
A new work by Meredith Monk (as yet untitled) will have its West Coast premiere in a concert on April 11, 2010. The work is a co-commission with the Saint Louis Symphony. The program will also include Arvo Part's "Miserere."
A concert of spirituals by Moses Hogan concludes the season on May 22, 2010.
Rounding out the Master Chorale's schedule are four holiday concerts (including the annual "Messiah" singalongs on Dec. 12 and 20); a performance of J.S. Bach's "St. Matthew Passion" on March 7; and a free concert of high school choruses on April 16.
-- David Ng
Photo: the L.A. Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Credit: Lee Salem.