Angel City Chorale 20th Anniversary Concerts
At the Historic Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles
Saturday, June 1 & Sunday, June 2, 2013
Featuring the West Coast Premiere of Christopher Tin’s Grammy-Winning
Song-Cycle Calling All Dawns in Twelve Languages
plus Angel City Chorale’s Greatest Hits
LOS ANGELES, CA – May 19, 2013 – Angel City Chorale (ACC) will celebrate its first two decades in song with special reunion concerts on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The Angel City Chorale 20th Anniversary Concerts will feature the West Coast premiere of Grammy Award-Winning Composer Christopher Tin’s Calling All Dawns. In addition to performing Tin’s highly acclaimed three-movement piece, which celebrates the circle of life in 12 languages, Angel City Chorale will also perform “The Best of ACC,” highlighting much-loved and crowd-favorite songs from the choir’s 20-year history. The Greatest Hits portion of the program will include performances of Randy Newman’s Louisiana and Toto’s Africa with a choir-created thunderstorm. Conducted by ACC Founder and Artistic Director Sue Fink, the concerts will be held at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010).
“In developing the program for our anniversary concerts, we wanted to commemorate Angel City Chorale’s journey to date, as well as look to the road ahead,” says Fink. “By performing our greatest hits from over the years, in conjunction with the West Coast premiere of Tin’s sublime work, Calling All Dawns, we celebrate the past, present, and future of ACC – the circle of life – in song.”
Composer Christopher Tin is working closely with ACC. He has expanded the choral parts of “Calling All Dawns” and added special orchestrations for the West Coast premiere. Tin has also been actively involved in preparing for the June concerts and will be rehearsing with ACC.
Hailed by critics as a masterpiece, the song cycle includes songs of joy, mystery, sorrow, hardship and triumph – reflecting the complexity of our mortality. “Calling All Dawns” contains 12 pieces in three uninterrupted movements – Day, Night and Dawn – corresponding to life, death and rebirth. A tapestry of interconnected motifs, the melody of one song weaves into an instrumental interlude in another. The last song fades back into the first, reflecting the cyclical nature of life. Sung in twelve languages, from Swahili to Polish, French to Farsi, the lyrics are sourced from diverse texts including The Torah, Bhagavad Gita, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, Japanese haiku and Maori proverbs. Vocal traditions include African choral music, opera, medieval chant, Irish keening and more.
Tin’s debut album, “Calling All Dawns”, won two Grammys at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album and Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists for the song “Baba Yetu,” which made history as the first video game theme to win a Grammy. The song was originally composed in 2005 for the theme song to the legendary Civilization IV video game.
“ ‘Calling All Dawns’ is a very personal piece to me, and I’m thrilled that it’s finally getting its Los Angeles premiere,” says Composer Christopher Tin, “and I couldn’t be happier with the fact that Angel City Chorale is giving the premiere!”
Performing with the choir during the first half of the concert, for “Calling All Dawns”, will be an expanded orchestral ensemble with strings, French horn, flute, oboe, harp, piano, and five percussionists. Authentic sounds from the countries whose texts inspired “Calling All Dawns” will also be incorporated into the performance. In the second half of the concert, during ACC’s Greatest Hits, the choir will be accompanied by the ensemble’s stellar rhythm section.
Adding a special touch to the weekend’s concerts, many ACC alumni will participate in two songs with the choir. A historical slide show, illustrating many of ACC’s milestones over the past 20 years, will be projected during two of the songs. Numerous reunion activities for visiting former members, and the choir at large, are planned as well.
The audience is invited to join the performers for a dessert reception after each performance. General admission tickets are $30 in advance for adults, $27 for seniors, and $22 for children. Advance tickets will be available starting April 18, 2013 via the Angel City Chorale website. For additional information on ACC’s history, upcoming performances or tickets, please call 310-943-9231 or visit www.angelcitychorale.org.
– Angel City Chorale – www.angelcitychorale.org
– Angel City Chorale on Facebook – www.facebook.com/AngelCityChorale
– 20th Anniversary FB Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/586412991371827
– Christopher Tin – www.christophertin.com & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Tin
– Wilshire United Methodist Church – www.ewilshireumc.org
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