LOS ANGELES MASTER CHORALE POSTPONES 2020-21 SEASON
New Digital Programming to be Announced in September
The Los Angeles Master Chorale announced today, July 22, that it will postpone the originally scheduled 2020-21 season at Walt Disney Concert Hall to the 2021-22 season due to the pandemic. While the Master Chorale endeavors to bring the season back in Fall 2021, some changes to repertoire and artists may be necessary.
Season-ticket holders will be automatically subscribed into the 2021-22 season; they will keep their assigned seats and will be exempt from any price increases. Refunds are also available at the box office (213-972-7282), and subscribers may also donate the value of their subscription to the Master Chorale, if they wish to relinquish their 21-22 season tickets. Ticket holders for the 20-21 season can learn about their options here
The postponement of the Master Chorale season does not mean that the organization will be idle in the coming months. Specific programming details for Fall 2020 will be announced in September, but the Master Chorale is continuing to develop its commission from Los Angeles-based artist Doug Aitken. In February, the Master Chorale performed a five-movement excerpt of this work at the Elevation 1049 Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland. The Master Chorale has also commissioned Reena Esmail
, newly appointed Swan Family Artist-in-Residence, to write a full-length piece to be premiered in a future season.
“Our art form is evolving at warp speed right now,” said Jean Davidson, President & CEO. “This time out of the concert hall is a gift in some ways. While undeniably financially difficult–our 2020-21 budget has been reduced from $6.3 million to $2.9 million–we are focused on innovating within our art form and thinking deeply about our future. We will emerge a changed, stronger organization when we return to the concert hall.”
Returning in the fall will be the Sundays at Seven digital series of outstanding performances from seasons past. The organization is also working closely with the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) to mitigate the effects of the 20-21 season postponement on the singers and orchestra musicians, and to plan for a return to live performance.
The Master Chorale’s 2020-21 season is made possible by the members of the Leadership Circle: Abbott Brown and Jerrie Paula Ortega-Brown, Kiki Ramos Gindler and David Gindler, Carol and Warner Henry, Terri and Jerry Kohl, Leeba R. Lessin, Lillian Pierson Lovelace, Jennifer and Evan Rosenfeld, Philip A. Swan, and Priscilla and Curtis Tamkin.
Sundays at Seven is made possible by the members of the Artistic Director’s Circle: Alicia G. and Edward E. Clark, Judi and Bryant Danner, Dr. Annette L. Ermshar and Mr. Dan Monahan, Denise and Robert Hanisee, Courtland Palmer, Cheryl Petersen and Roger Lustberg, and Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting.
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