2017-05-18 / Faith

Master chorale to present three world premieres at Epiphany church


RAISE YOUR VOICE IN SONG—The Los Robles Master Choral will present two performances of its concert Sat., May 20 at Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park. The program will debut three new commissioned works. 
Courtesy of Mark Lowry RAISE YOUR VOICE IN SONG—The Los Robles Master Choral will present two performances of its concert Sat., May 20 at Church of the Epiphany in Oak Park. The program will debut three new commissioned works. Courtesy of Mark Lowry The 105-voice Los Robles Master Chorale will conclude its 29th season with two performances of “Lauridsen & Co.” at 4 and 8 p.m. Sat., May 20 at the Church of the Epiphany, 5400 Churchwood Drive, Oak Park.

The program will have choral music by living composers that features three chorale-commissioned world premieres as well as the music of National Medal of the Arts recipient Morten Lauridsen.

The chorale is led by artistic director Lesley Leighton.

The world premieres are: “E Novem Punctis Unum” by Vittorio Russo, “Loam” by William Cabison and “America” by Nicholas Carlozzi.

The first half of the program will spotlight five works by Lauridsen: the Grammy-nominated “O Magnum Mysterium,” “Lux Aeterna,” “Sure on this Shining Night” from Nocturnes, “Diraiton” from Les Chansons des Roses, and “Ov’è, Lass’, Il Bel Viso?” from Madrigali: Six Firesongs.

The chorale will also perform Lauren McLaren’s “Yama No Mizu,” Eric Whitacre’s “When David Heard,” LRMC composerin residence Jasper Randall’s “The Cloths of Heaven” and Norma Rio-Pablico’s “Banwariti Cordillera.”

Lauridsen was named an American Choral Master by the National Endowment for the Arts and received the 2007 National Medal of the Arts. He has been a composition professor at USC Thornton School of Music for more than four decades.

Cabison, a Los Angeles native who recently won the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s national Young Composers Competition, will graduate UCLA in June with a B.A. in music-piano performance. His works have been performed in Jan Popper Theater, Schoenberg Hall and Walt Disney Concert Hall. This is his first professional commission.

Carlozzi was born in San Francisco and grew up in San Mateo. He recently completed a bachelor’s degree in music composition at UCLA and is continuing in its master’s program in music composition. His song cycle “Songs for a Stranger” won the 2011 Pacific Musical Society Composition Competition and was a finalist in the 2012 NATS Art Song Composition Competition.

Russo has composed numerous concert works and film scores. A Los Angeles native, he is studying music composition at UCLA. His recent projects include the film score for “Made of Ivory and Gold” and “Sussurus Ex Abysso,” which was premiered by the wildUp ensemble.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $22 for seniors and $8 for students.

For tickets and more information, call (805) 526-7464 or visit www.losroblesmasterchorale.org.

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