The Los Angeles Master Chorale has created two new digital series–Sundays at Seven and Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale–to share the beautiful and inspiring power of choral music with virtual audiences as Angelenos continue to observe stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring both music and conversation, each of the series offers a welcome opportunity to connect through music during this unprecedented period of self-isolation.
Sundays at Seven is a weekly series that begins on April 19 at 7 pm, and features weekly audio broadcasts of complete concerts previously performed and recorded by the Master Chorale at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Each broadcast will include an introduction by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, and special guests, and will also include related content, such as program notes from the original program. The first program includes music by Arvo Pärt and Eric Whitacre, originally performed in May 2015. This series is made possible by the generosity of American Guild of Musical Artists and American Federation of Musicians Local 47.
Offstage with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, which begins April 24, is a weekly series of interviews conducted by Grant and Jenny Wong, Associate Conductor, of notable personages in the world of music and the performing arts, as well as Master Chorale singers. Before each interview, viewers will be able to submit questions through the Master Chorale’s social media channels. A recording of each Offstage episode is shared on the Master Chorale’s social media channels and on the Master Chorale website. Special guests include newly appointed Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, Morten Lauridsen, Anna Schubert, Peter Sellars, Derrick Spiva, and more.
Additionally, the Master Chorale’s GALA 2020, originally scheduled to take place at the Hollywood Palladium on April 18th, 2020 and cancelled due to COVID-19, will be held as a virtual event on the same date. As planned, the virtual gala will honor the creative achievements of composer, jazz pianist, and five-time Grammy Award winner Billy Childs and the extraordinary philanthropy of the women of The Blue Ribbon. GALA 2020 will feature a silent auction with one-of-a-kind items and performances by Childs, violinist Anne Akiko Meyers, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, welcome messages from Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson, President and CEO, and an inspiring message from Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Eric Whitacre.
The Master Chorale hopes everyone enjoys these online offerings, and emphasizes the need to practice the guidelines set forth by our public health officials to lessen the spread of COVID-19. Stay safe!
Please also consider supporting the Master Chorale with a donation. When you support the Master Chorale, you are supporting its singers, who are anxious to return to the stage and share their artistry with you.