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GALA BEL CANTO 2019 – ENCORE!
Join Los Angeles Children’s Chorus for our exciting, annual Gala Bel Canto on April 24 at L.A.’s historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel. This year we have the privilege of honoring Oscar-nominated producer and director Don Hahn, who is responsible for such beloved films as Beauty and the BeastThe Lion King, and Maleficent, among many others, and longtime, esteemed LACC benefactors and leaders Jennifer and Joe Sliskovich.Wednesday, April 24
5:30 pm Cocktails
7:00 pm Dinner and Program
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles
Reserve your seatThe evening will feature performances by our acclaimed choristers, tributes and presentations by special guests, a thrilling live auction, a delightful dining experience, and other exciting surprises.All proceeds from Gala Bel Canto support the outstanding artistic, educational, and scholarship programs of Los Angeles Children’s Chorus.

FREE CONCERT WITH COPENHAGEN GIRLS’ CHOIR
Join LACC on Thursday, March 28th for a free concert with visiting Copenhagen Girls’ Choir at 7 pm at Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The Danish choir, under the direction of Anne Marie Granau, appears with the acclaimed Nordic folk band Afenginn and Danish pedal steel guitar virtuoso Maggie Bjorklund in a program of original new Danish music, including Gallop of Fire commissioned by the choir to commemorate those affected by the California wildfires.The choir also performs jointly with LACC’s Concert Choir, led by Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz. The concert adds to LACC’s long and storied history of hosting and presenting international children’s choirs.

CHAMBER SINGERS TO PERFORM AT BOSTON COURT
Join the Chamber Singers on Sunday, March 31 at 2 pm at Boston Court for Voices in Harmony, a concert that explores the empowerment of women through song, poetry, and the spoken word. The performance includes Rosephanye Powell’s powerful setting of Maya Angelou’s poetic anthem, “Still I Rise.” Get your tickets here.



ARTISTIC DIRECTOR FERNANDO MALVAR-RUIZ DELIVERS KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT KODÁLY ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
LACC Artistic Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz gave the keynote speech at the Organization of American Kodály Educators Conference on Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. Each year OAKE hosts a conference for professional development and honor choirs. From coast to coast, OAKE has hosted hundreds of sessions with thousands of teachers, students and guests.Fernando Malvar-Ruiz’s keynote speech, titled “Teach with Love, Love to Teach” is illustrative of LACC’s dedication to teaching music to people of all ages and our commitment to continuing education. As part of his keynote address, Malvar-Ruiz also conducted a choir of those attending (pictured above).“It was a true honor to be invited to speak in front of such a wonderful crowd,” says Malvar-Ruiz. “There were teachers and conductors from all over the nation and the world, many of whom are dear friends of mine. The overall theme of the address, use love —not fear— as motivation is very relevant in these uncertain and fractious times.”

OMAR CROOK: SINGER, LACC PARENT, CHORAL AMBASSADOR

For LA Opera chorus member Omar Crook, music is more than just his career, it’s his life’s passion and is often the subject of his podcast, Living with a Genius.

He discovered this passion fortuitously, while at Santa Monica College. “I was still trying to figure out what I wanted to do. I had been accepted to UCLA’s writing program and needed one more class to transfer,” he says. “I blindly opened the catalogue and stuck my finger down and it landed on ‘Beginning Voice.’” Crook took the class and found he had a gift for and love of song.

Crook continued to study voice at SMC and began to look into conservatories where he could study full time. He was accepted to Cal State Fullerton. That’s where he met his mentors, John Alexander and Dr. Mark Goodrich, and things really took off! “That experience for me was really transformative,” he says. “John Alexander taught me to read music and Dr. Mark taught me how to sing. They both really prepared me to be a team player, to commit, and the importance of showing up on time.”

While completing his studies, his love of singing led him to the Pacific Chorale and to Opera Pacific. It was there that he discovered his love of opera. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles…

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PASADENA SHOWCASE HOUSE FOR THE ARTS AWARDS LACC WITH GRANT
Los Angeles Children’s Chorus thanks the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts for its recent grant in support of our scholarship program!  PSHA has been a generous and resolute partner of LACC since 1999.Proceeds from the annual Showcase House benefit local youth music programs like LACC’s. This year’s Showcase House will feature the Boddy House at Descanso Gardens and will be open to the public from April 21st through May 19th.  Watch for more details coming soon!LACC is grateful for PSHA’s invaluable friendship and support.



UPCOMING EVENTS

Free Concert with Copenhagen Girls’ Choir
Enjoy a free concert with LACC’s Concert Choir and special guests, the Copenhagen Girls’ Choir.
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
March 28, 7 pm

 

Chamber Singers: Voices in Harmony
A glorious concert of choral music featuring LACC’s elegant Chamber Singers. Save $5 with promo code: MusicBC
Boston Court, Pasadena
March 31, 2 pm

 

Salonen’s Stravinsky: Myths
Esa-Pekka Salonen leads two remarkable myth ballets by Stravinsky: Orpheus, and the sensual, sumptuous French setting of Perséphone, goddess of the Underworld, which features appearances by LACC.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 18, 8 pm; April 19, 11 am; April 20, 8 pm

 

Gala Bel Canto
LACC’s annual fundraiser. The gala features an evening of performances by our acclaimed choristers, tributes to our illustrious honorees, presentations by special guests, a thrilling live auction, a delightful dining experience, and other special surprises.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel
April 24, 5:30 pm

 

Save the date for: 
El Gato Montés: The Wildcat
In one of the greatest masterpieces of the Spanish lyrical theater, a beautiful woman stirs a fatal rivalry between a renowned bullfighter and a bandit on the run. Starring Plácido Domingo and featuring LACC choristers.
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
May 4, 7:30 pm; May 5, 2 pm; May 8, May 11, May 16, 7:30 pm; May 19, 2pm

 

LACC Spring Concerts
Pasadena Presbyterian Church
May 5 & 12, 7:30 pm

 

Mahler VIII
Feel the energy when Gustavo Dudamel ignites the monumental and explosive “Symphony of a Thousand,” featuring LACC choristers.
Walt Disney Concert Hall
May 30, 8 pm; May 31, 11 am;  June 2, 2 pm

Los Angeles Children’s Chorus’ educational, performance, and scholarship programs are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Adams-Mastrovich Family Foundation, Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, Ann Peppers Foundation, Colburn Foundation, James C. Stewart Charitable Foundation, MonteCedro, Pasadena Arts League, Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts, Pasadena Tournament of Roses® Foundation, and Rotary Club of Pasadena, among other generous grant makers. LACC is also deeply grateful to lead patrons Helen and Peter Bing and the hundreds of individual, foundation, and corporate donors whose dedicated support sustains LACC’s annual choral music program for children.