Los Angeles Master Chorale | Walt Disney Concert Hall


MAY 2021

What a month it’s been for the Los Angeles Master Chorale!  

Last weekend, we came together virtually as a community for GALA 2021: Shine Bright, a spectacular virtual showcase of all that makes the Master Chorale special. We honored the philanthropic leadership of our dear board member Laney Techentin and the artistic excellence of our beloved Master Chorale singers. At the heart of our evening was Shine Bright, a triptych of short films with virtual performances by our singers and music by Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, Meredith Monk, and Derrick Spiva, Jr. In addition to raising $350,000 to support our future artistic endeavors, our gala was a moving exemplar of resilience and beauty, a touching evening we will remember forever. 

Earlier today, we announced more good news, that the Los Angeles Master Chorale has received a $1.5 million grant from the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund. With over twenty generous contributors, the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund was created to provide flexible general operating support for small and medium-sized organizations. Recipient organizations were selected based on applications that demonstrated excellence in artistic impact, community engagement, diversity of cultural expression, leadership and vision, and financial condition. With this grant, the Los Angeles Master Chorale will begin to recover losses from more than a year of cancelled performances and be given resources to create a more inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible organization while continuing to innovate the choral art form. 

We are establishing a sound financial base for the Master Chorale thanks to our generous gala attendees and the L.A. Arts Recovery Fund, but our work is not yet complete. We still need the help of all our supporters. In the coming weeks, we will begin our spring fundraising campaign at a pivotal time for the organization. I hope that, if you haven’t already donated this year, you will consider a gift.  

Your support will help us immensely as we prepare for our 2021-22 season, which I’m happy to say looks more and more like a reality every day. While the pandemic still creates uncertainty, I can say with some certainty that we will be able to announce our concerts to you in July. We’ll keep you posted!  

Thank you again for staying connected with us during this difficult time. I look forward to seeing you all again soon in Walt Disney Concert Hall.  

​​​​​​​—Jean Davidson, President & CEO