Lux Aeterna


In 1997, Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna sent ripples throughout the choral world. Originally premiered by the Los Angeles Master Chorale, its influence on choral music and musicians has been felt far and wide, cementing its status as one of the most performed works of the late 20th century. This season, Lux Aeterna receives its first performance with orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall to commemorate this occasion.

One of Lux Aeterna’s biggest fans became a choral rock star in his own right: Eric Whitacre, who is currently in the first season of a two-year Artist-in-Residence position with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, will premiere a new commission at this concert. And if this wasn’t enough, Artistic Director Grant Gershon has included iconic music from some of LA’s most influential composers including Esa-Pekka Salonen, Shawn Kirchner, and commissions of new works by Moira Smiley and Billy Childs.

Hear it performed for the first time in Walt Disney Concert Hall with full orchestra and 115 singers from the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

This concert is made possible with generous underwriting from Kiki and David Gindler.

Additional support has been provided by The Blue Ribbon, Classical Movements, Kathleen and James Drummy, Cheryl Petersen and Roger Lustberg, Susan Erburu Reardon and George Reardon, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Amphion Foundation.

Billy Childs' "In Gratitude" is commissioned by Classical Movements for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, Artistic Director, as part of the Eric Daniel Helms New Music Program.


Program Notes



Eric Whitacre - Alleluia

Moira Smiley - North Country

Lux Aeterna

Walt Disney Concert Hall

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