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L.A. Master Chorale announces 2010-11 season

January 27, 2010 |  5:00 am

Gershon The Los Angeles Master Chorale will announce today that it will perform nine concerts as part of its 2010-11 season, which is scheduled to kick off in September at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Among the season highlights are a performance of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil," an all-French program and a world premiere work by Mark Grey. 

The season marks the 10th anniversary of Grant Gershon's tenure as music director of the organization. To mark the occasion, the Master Chorale will host a gala celebration following the season's opening night performance on Sept. 26. 

Before joining the Master Chorale as music director in 2001, Gershon served as assistant conductor of the L.A. Philharmonic from 1994 to 1997. He also serves as the associate conductor and chorus master of the L.A. Opera.

Opening the season will be a performance of Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil," a 70-minute a cappela work that was composed in 1915. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Sept. 26 at Disney Hall, followed by the gala celebration. Gershon first conducted the piece with the chorale in November 2006.

"French Connections," on Nov. 7, features works by French composers from the Renaissance to the 20th century, including Maurice Duruflé's "Four Motets on Gregorian Themes," Ravel's "Trois Chansons" and songs by Clément Janequin.

Gershon will conduct two Messiah Sing-Along concerts, the first on Dec. 5 and the second on a date to be announced. Other holiday concerts include "Holiday Wonders" on Dec. 11 and Mozart's arrangement of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 12.

"London Bridges," on Jan. 30, 2011, will feature works by British composers, including John Tavener's "Song for Athene," William Byrd's "Four-Part Mass in D" and Britten's "Missa Brevis." 

[Updated] The chorale's  "Stories from Korea" will takes place on March 6, 2011, featuring Korean-themed works including the world premiere of Grey's "Mugunghwa: Rose of Sharon," featuring a solo part by violinist Jennifer Koh. 

The work, which was commissioned by the chorale, is based on the poetry of Korean writer and engineer Im Hoon Jae and other sources. "Mugunghwa" is the fourth piece to be premiered by the chorale as part of its "L.A. Is the World" initiative, which was launched in 2007.

The concert will also feature a selection of traditional and arranged Korean songs.

The season's other concerts include Haydn's "The Creation," which will be performed April 10, 2011, and an evening of music by Duke Ellington.

-- David Ng

Photo: Grant Gershon. Credit: Ringo H.W. Chiu / For The Times

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