Los Angeles Master Chorale

February 3, 2024, 4:00 pm

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12 singers in business attire leaning back on black chairs, their arms outstretched to the sky; tormented facial expressions.
Members of Los Angeles Master Chorale in 'Music to Accompany a Departure' (Photo: Brian Feinzimer)

Led by artistic director Grant Gershon, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is an innovative, diverse, and fully professional chorus. As choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Chorale performs in large scale projects such as recording the soundtracks of motion pictures and partnering with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for symphonic repertoire. Los Angeles Master Chorale also specializes in new music and bespoke collaborations which necessarily changes the scale of the ensemble.

Music to Accompany a Departure, a theatrical reimagination of Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien (Funeral Music), is the ensemble’s second collaboration with the pioneering stage director Peter Sellars. Grant Gershon joins WFMT to survey some the Chorale’s recent recordings and to preview their upcoming performance of Music to Accompany a Departure at the Harris Theater.


All selections performed by Los Angeles Master Chorale conducted by Grant Gershon unless otherwise indicated.

Henryk Górecki: “Matko niebieskiego Pana (Mother of the Heavenly Lord)” from Pieśni Maryjne (Marian Songs), Op. 54

Górecki: Miserere, Op. 44
IX. Domine Deus noster – Poco più mosso, lento moderato, molto espressivo, molto appassionato

Nico Muhly: A Good Understanding
with Los Angeles Children’s Chorus
Kimo Smith, organ
Michael Englander, percussion

Morten Lauridsen (arr. Gershon and Lauridsen): O Magnum Mysterium 
Anne Akiko Meyers, violin

Eric Whitacre: “Child of Wonder” from The Sacred Veil
Lisa Edwards, piano
Jeffrey Zeigler, cello
Eric Whitacre, conductor

Heinrich Schütz: Excerpt from Musikalische Exequien, Op. 7
Lisa Edwards, organ
Eva Lymenstull, viola da gamba
Private recording used with permission of artists

Philip Glass: ‘The Dam” from Itaipú