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Singing celebration — Concert offers tribute to Verdi, Wagner
The program allowed the singers to shift from projecting classic and balanced choral sounds to an almost revolutionary symphonic style of choral singing, under the inspired conducting of Grant Gershon. He has enabled this vocal group to become something new – a vocal instrument capable of articulating complex musical forms, in the manner of a great orchestra. After the intermission, the Chorale continued with a beautiful rendering of Paul Salamunovich’s era featuring more Gregorian Chant and early music. The last half of the evening was devoted to the dynamic range of Grant Gershon’s tenure. As a superb conductor with orchestral experience and champion of both traditional and modern repertoire, he did not disappoint. For two works, Grant Gershon conducted eight antiphonal groups spaced in all directions at Walt Disney Hall. The first antiphonal groupings were used in the stunning Renaissance piece by Thomas Tallis Spem in alium sung in Latin. The second, directly follwoing was a 21st century vocal work by Korean composer, Hyowon Woos ME-NA-RI. This hypnotic, meditative and compelling work was sung in Korean, and evoked the ancient sacred chants of the east. In both these complex antiphonal works, Gershon conducted simultaneous groups around the hall and the stage, maximizing the acoustic perfection of the Walt Disney Hall. The effect of both “Spem in alium” and the contrasting but equally spellbinding “ME-NA-RI,” was tremendous. Though the first work was from the 16th century and the second from the 21st century, one experienced being surrounded and bathed in a luminous sonic bath that was both healing and rejuvenating. Following these tour-de-force numbers, the remaining six selections continued building momentum and vocal power.
As such he faced censorship by the powers that be, but also received such wide acclaim and respect that his career flourished. His operatic style was grand, producing spectacles for the eyes as well as ears. He wrote his rich, soaring melodies in the bel canto style meaning beautiful singing. Photo provided. Nancy Caudill, mezzo-soprano. Wagner, a German, has a rougher history, with a reputation for being an anti-Semite, womanizer and often in debt. He spoke disparagingly of the grand operatic style in which Verdi composed, although that does not mean his works were quiet or reserved. Though not as opulent as Verdis operas, Wagners works were quite ambitious, so much so that they arent as frequently and widely performed today not because their mastery is any less recognized, but because of their sheer difficulty. His style was Gesamkuntswerk roughly translating to all things coming together for one objective meaning that he controlled every aspect of his operas, from writing the words and the music to having a heavy hand in the staging, venue and other details usually left up to others. Though both are known for elaborate operas, which do not easily condense down for chamber music performances, both did produce some repertoire that can be performed on a smaller scale. Osinchuk said she dug out some solo pieces for piano by Verdi and Wagner, and they have been practicing various art songs from each composer, with just a vocalist and piano accompaniment. Whereas Verdi and Wagners operas are epic stories with multiple roles set to elaborate orchestration, these compositions are simple poems set to music. The art songs lack the pomp and spectacle of the operas but retain the audible stamp of their composers, offering an intimate perspective on Verdi and Wagners styles.
LA Phil celebrates 10th anniversary of Walt Disney Concert Hall (Photos)
The Cosmopolitan is touting the space as an avant garde venue where fans can get an up-close look at stars who usually play arenas. By contrast, the Coliseum at Caesars Palace, where singer Celine Dion performed her long-running residency, seats 4,000. CEO John Unwin told The Associated Press earlier in the year that the space would be an antidote to vanilla venues along the Strip. Asked about the projects price tag, Cosmopolitan spokeswoman Alyssa Anderson said the company does not disclose capital costs. In a statement, Mars warned Vegas to get ready for him and the Hooligans, his eight-piece backup band. The 27-year-old songwriter and producer turned frontman will lead his audience in the New Years countdown, taking on a role often performed up and down the Strip by Sin City regulars like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj. Tickets start at $150. Mars was picked to perform at the Superbowl halftime show in February. His debut album, Doo-Wops & Hooligans, was released in 2010. The last major Las Vegas resort approved before the Great Recession, the $3.9 billion Cosmopolitan was built by a German investment bank after its original developer defaulted. It has recovered from the brink of bankruptcy and has branded itself as a decidedly different kind of casino, eschewing the kitschy themes common among its competitors, and catering to a more urbane kind of gambler and club-goer. The 50,000 square-foot space that will become the industrial-chic Chelsea has sat empty since the Cosmopolitan opened in 2010. In preparation for its opening, hotel-casinos existing concert venue, previously called the Chelsea Ballroom, has been renamed the Belmont.
LA Master Chorale’s gala 50th concert: extraordinary musical & vocal splendor
A simulcast of the YOLA/LA Phil Side-by-Side concert will be shown on a giant screen in Grand Park, and it will also feature a solo performance by legendary pianist Herbie Hancock – LA Phil Creative Chair for Jazz. Continuing the 10th anniversary celebrations, the subscription concert season has its Opening Night Gala on Monday September 30th. During this season, the LA Phil, led by Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen, presents a series of classics and premieres, with a host of outstanding soloists, many of whom have enjoyed a special relationship with the Orchestra since the opening of the Concert Hall. The Opening Night Concert is conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, with Yo-Yo Ma as soloist, in a program designed to represent the development of the Concert Hall – from conception to completion – with the music of Bach, Tchaikovsky, Ades, Mahler and Saint-Saens telling the story. Installations by video artist Netia Jones are a special feature of the program, and the concert opens with John Cages 433, providing a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the Concert Halls superb acoustics. The actual anniversary date, on October 23rd, will be marked by a uniquely Californian event – a special Green Umbrella program, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, featuring the first complete realization of LA composer Frank Zappas 200 Motels. Guest soloists appearing throughout this anniversary season include piano virtuosi Yefim Bronfman and Leif Ove Andsnes, percussionist Pedro Carneiro, baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, cellist Annssi Kartunen and violinist Leila Josefowitz. In its inaugural 2003-04 season the LA Phil introduced both World Music and Jazz to its repertoire, and Portuguese fado singer Mariza – who appeared in that first World Music series – returns for this anniversary season. Jazz takes centre stage as Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride and Herbie Hancock – all three LA Phil Creative Chairs for Jazz – collaborate in whats described as a one-of-a-kind jazz celebration. The season features two world premieres – Magnus Lindbergs new work for Cello and Orchestra and the Knussen realization of Peter Liebersons Shing Kham – both of which were commissioned by the LA Phil. Theres a US premiere as well – Brett Deans The Last Days of Socrates – a commission by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association. The LA Phil, says Deborah Borda, President and CEO, of the Association believes in the power of technology as an important driver of consumer engagement. With this in mind, two fascinating digital initiatives are being introduced – WDCH10 and Concert Master. WDCH10 provides an online exploration of Walt Disney Concert Hall – which will delight those who havent yet had an opportunity to visit this fascinating venue. This initiative includes highlights of major LA Phil milestones, architectural information – including an interview with Frank Gehry – interviews with Gustavo Dudamel and Esa-Pekka Salonen, and also with special guests who have performed regularly at the Concert Hall. Concert Master represents the first phase of the LA Phils Classical Music Discovery Initiative – an online tool that uses a fun, game-like interface to help people less familiar with classical music choose a concert based on their experiences and behavior.