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L.A. Master Chorale Opens 41st Season

October 01, 2004

The Los Angeles Master Chorale will showcase the many voices of the new organ at the Walt Disney Concert Hall beginning with the opening concert of its 41st season, on Oct. 3 at 7 p.m.

The program, conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon, features three distinguished organists performing three works for chorus, orchestra and organ.

James Walker, director of music/organist-choirmaster at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, is featured on Dvorák's Mass in D.

David Goode, organist-in-residence at the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, joins the chorale for the West Coast premiere of James MacMillan's Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis. Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna features James Buonemani, organist and director of music for St. James Church in Los Angeles, who premiered the work with the chorale in 1997.

Listen Up!, a pre-concert discussion with Gershon will begin at 6 p.m.

"We're featuring three of the most prominent organists in the community to help celebrate the inauguration of this new instrument," said Gershon. "The unveiling of the Disney Hall organ is the most significant musical event of the season in Los Angeles, and it's especially significant for the Master Chorale because it allows us to explore in our own home the full range of the rich and varied music written for chorus and organ.

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"The three works we're presenting represent three different traditions in this repertory. The Dvorák Mass is a beautiful and well-known masterpiece of the genre. James Macmillan's Magnificat/Nunc Dimittis is a wonderful example of the tradition of English choral music updated to the 21st Century. Finally, the Lux Aeterna of Morten Lauridsen, which was written for and premiered by the L.A. Master Chorale in 1997, has become one of the most often performed and beloved choral works of the last 50 years."

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