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Shine Bright


Shine Bright is a suite of music videos highlighting three distinct composers: Swan Family Artist-in-Residence Reena Esmail, Meredith Monk, and Derrick Spiva, Jr.

TaReKiTa, the first of the three works, premiered in November 2020. The full triptych will premiere during our virtual GALA 2021 on May 16.


REENA ESMAIL             TaReKiTa
24 singers
Jenny Wong, conductor
Choreography by Shalini Haupt
Video by Gabriel Zuniga
Sound by Arts Laureate

MEREDITH MONK         Earth Seen from Above (from Atlas)
31 singers
Grant Gershon, conductor
Choreography by Ryan Spencer
Video by Subtractive
Sound by Arts Laureate

DERRICK SPIVA, JR.     Ready, Bright (World Premiere)
48 singers
Grant Gershon and Jenny Wong, conductors
Choreography by Yeko Ladzekpo-Cole
Video by Emily Bloom and Therapy Studios
Sound by Ian Smith   


Reena Esmail is the current Swan Family Artist-in-Residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. Reena's Indian-American heritage inspires her work, bridging together the worlds of Indian and Western classical music, and bringing communities together through the creation of equitable musical spaces.

Meredith Monk is a composer, singer, director, choreographer and creator of new opera, music-theater works, films and installations. Her opera Atlas was staged by Yuval Sharon and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2019 with great acclaim.

Derrick Spiva, Jr. is a composer and musician based in Los Angeles who often integrates music practices from different cultural traditions around the world into his work with classical music communities. The Master Chorale commissioned his work Ready, Bright, which was set to premiere during our 2019–20 season but was canceled due to the pandemic. Spiva is also the current Artistic Advisor for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra.



​​​​​​​Photo credits: Reena Esmail and Derrick Spiva, Jr. by Hannah Arista; Meredith Monk by Julieta Cervantes


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Shine Bright is made possible by underwriting support from Kiki Ramos Gindler and David Gindler; GALA 2021 Platinum Sponsors Warren Techentin, Kristin Harrison, and Nick Techentin, in honor of their mother Elayne Techentin; and by generous support from the National Endowment for the Arts; the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Marla Borowski; Lisa Field, Field Family Foundation; Pamela Reis; and Sandy Pressman in honor of Reena Esmail.  

Ready, Bright was commissioned by the Los Angeles Master Chorale through a generous gift from Elizabeth and Justus Schlichting. This performance is made possible by a generous gift from Susan Erburu Reardon and George Reardon. Additional support is provided by Pamela Reis. 

The performance of TaReKiTa is made possible by a generous gift from Robert and Sally Neely in honor of Stephanie Neely, Max Gladstone, and Casey Gladstone. 

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan Family Artist-in-Residence is made possible by the Swan Family Trust. 

Media support is generously provided by Island Creek Pictures, Subtractive, and Therapy Studios. In kind support is provided by South Coast Botanic Garden. ​​​​​​​

South Coast Botanic Carden

​​​​​​​The Master Chorale’s 2020
21 season is made possible by generous support from the members of the Leadership Circle.

Major support is provided by the Colburn Foundation, Dan Murphy Foundation, and Rose Hills Foundation. 

Additional support is provided by the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. 

National Endowment for the Arts
Los Angeles County Arts & Culture