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L.A. Master Chorale season: Nico Muhly, royal wedding music

March 5, 2012 |  2:10 pm


The Los Angeles Master Chorale's new season will include music by such prominent composers as Nico Muhly, Peter Lieberson and Judith Weir. It will also feature a piece written for the royal wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton in 2011.

The group's 2012-13 season, which is being announced Monday, will offer 11 concerts, all conducted by music director Grant Gershon. Performances will take place at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

The season is scheduled to kick off with a concert (Oct. 21) featuring Muhly's "A Good Understanding" and Weir's "Ascending into Heaven." The Master Chorale has already recorded the Muhly piece in an album released in 2010, but the concert will be the first time the group has performed it live in L.A.

The concert will include Paul Mealor's "Ubi caritas," a piece composed for last year's wedding of Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was one of a number of pieces performed at the wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey. The concert will also include Arvo Pärt's "De Profundis" and Muhly's "Bright Mass With Canons."

The Master Chorale will team with Musica Angelica for a concert (Nov. 18) that will feature Monteverdi's "Vespers of 1610."

Lieberson's "The World In Flower" will have its West Coast premiere in a pair of concerts (Jan. 26 and 27) that will also feature Brahms' "Ein Deutsches Requiem." Lieberson, who died in 2011, wrote the piece in tribute to his late wife, mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

The music of Ralph Vaughan Williams will serve as the centerpiece of a concert (April 14, 2013) that will also feature music by Francis Poulenc.

American music -- by composers including Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and Elliott Carter -- will topline the final concert of the season (June 2, 2013).

The Master Chorale's lineup will include a few holiday concerts, including performances of Vivaldi's "Gloria" and Bach's "Magnificat" (Dec. 16); a Handel "Messiah" sing-along (Dec. 17); and a "Messiah" concert (Dec. 22).

There will also be two concerts (Dec. 8 and 15) dedicated to holiday carols and traditional songs.

The group will also host the 24th Annual L.A. Master Chorale High School Choir Festival (April 26, 2013) at Disney Hall.


Royal wedding: What the music says about William and Kate

Music review: Los Angeles Master Chorale at Disney Concert Hall

Music review: Grant Gershon, L.A. Master Chorale at Disney Hall

-- David Ng

Photo: Members of the L.A. Master Chorale. Credit: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times