GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES, LED BY NOTED GUEST CONDUCTOR CRISTIAN GRASES, TO PEFORM RANGE OF CLASSICAL WORKS AT “A MIGHTY VOICE” MARCH 26 & 27, 2011
Date: February 14, 2011
Location: California, USA
The celebrated Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles (GMCLA), noted for its versatile repertoire and commitment to promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance through music, showcases a range of classical works by such composers as Felix Mendelssohn, Francis Poulenc, Franz Schubert, when noted guest conductor Cristian Grases leads the chorus’s second concert of the season, “A Mighty Voice,” on Saturday, March 26, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 27, 2011, 3 p.m[P1] ., at LA Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles.
Among the works featured are Amor de mi Almaby Z.R. Stroope, a beautifulsetting of Spanish poet Garcilaso de la Vega's "Soneto V"; Franz Schubert’s Nachthelle, for double men’s chorus;Franz Biebl’s best-known work, Ave Maria, composed in 1964; “In Taberna[P2] ,” the second part of CarlOrff’siconic Carmena Burana; La Sombra Salió del Monteby Venezuelan composer Antonio Estevez, two-time recipient of the Venezuelan National Music Prize (1949 and 1987); and Locus Isteby Anton Bruckner, written for a cappella chorus in 1869 for the dedication of the votive chapel of Linz Cathedral. Also on the program, among other pieces, are a pair of vocal works by Felix Mendelssohn - Beati Mortuiand Festgesang an die Künstler, and a pair from the medieval manuscript Libre Vermell de Montserrat – Mariam Matremand O Virgo Splendens[P3] .
Cristian Grases, one of the rising stars of choral conducting, is the assistant conductor of the Miami Symphony and was recently named to the faculty of USC's Thornton School of Music. An expert in Latin American choral music, he has participated in numerous festivals, workshops and events as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and conducting pedagogue in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Grases was born in Caracas, Venezuela, graduated with honors from Simon Bolivar University, where he studied with María Guinand and Alberto Grau, and earned a DMA from the University of Miami in 2009. He also studied choral and orchestral conducting under Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart, Germany, and is a noted composer as well.
On July 9 and 10, 2011, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles concludes its season with “Totally! Our ‘80’s Show,” under the baton of guest Conductor Andres Cladera, at the Avalon in Hollywood.
Tickets range from $35 to $55 and are available online at www.gmcla.org. For more informationcall (800) MEN-SING (800-636-7464). LA Theatre Center is located at 501 South Spring Street in downtown Los Angeles, California, 90013.
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Founded in 1979, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeleshas built an international reputation for musical excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community and promoting civil rights, tolerance and acceptance though music. Praised by critics for presenting “meaningful entertainment,” the chorus has also been described as “inspired,” “expressive, innovative, and utterly moving.” It is one of the largest and most influential men’s choruses in the nation and is the first gay men’s chorus to perform for a sitting president – William Jefferson Clinton. In addition to presenting concerts each season in Southern California at Glendale’s Alex Theatre and elsewhere, GMCLA tours nationally and internationally. The 230-member chorus has released 14 compact discs, commissioned more than 300 new works and arrangements and has guest starred on such TV shows as "$#*! My Dad Says," starring William Shatner, “Will & Grace” and “Six Feet Under.” In October, it produced an anti-bullying musical video message featuring Cyndi Lauper’s moving anthem “True Colors” for the “It Gets Better” project, quickly becoming a viral sensation that has received nearly 400,000 hits to date.