ABOUT THE CHORALE
The 2014-15 concert season marks the 40th Anniversary of the Angeles Chorale, a 100-voice, auditioned, professional-level, volunteer choir rehearsing and performing in the Los Angeles area. Its mission is to perform a broad repertoire of choral music, from classical masterworks to groundbreaking new commissions, to enrich the lives of the diverse community of music lovers who call Southern California home.
Recent Angeles Chorale performance highlights include appearances with Barbra Streisand in her Back to Brooklyn concert at the Hollywood Bowl and with Julie Andrews in Holiday Sing-Along concerts at the Disney Concert Hall. The chorale was honored to join the festival chorus with Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Mahler’s 8th Symphony (the Symphony of a Thousand) at the Shrine Auditorium in 2012. Most recently, the chorale appeared with the LA Phil at the Hollywood Bowl in a 2014 special performance of An Evening of Chinese Splendor.
The Angeles Chorale was founded in 1974 as the Valley Master Chorale by Bill and Ada Beth Lee under Bill Lee's artistic direction. The chorale merged with the Masterworks Chorale from Cal State Northridge in 1987 and performed under the baton of John Alexander for nine years. The name was changed to the Angeles Chorale during Mr. Alexander's tenure. Upon his departure, Donald Neuen, Director of Choral Activities at UCLA, stepped to the podium and led the organization for the next thirteen years, focusing on productions of classical masterworks for chorus and orchestra. The 2014-15 concert season marks the fifth under Artistic Director Dr. John Sutton.
The exciting 40th Anniversary Season celebrates the Angeles Chorale’s diverse musical repertoire, beginning with a soul-stirring, roof-raising performance of Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass. The season continues with a candlelit American Christmas concert and a powerful performance of Dvořák‘s towering Stabat Mater. The chorale concludes its 40th celebration with a preview of what’s to come: an eclectic program of musical offerings featuring Gershwin, Mozart, Whitacre, Verdi, Lauridsen, Orff, U2, Led Zeppelin, the Beach Boys and more!
The Angeles Chorale has performed with many local orchestras, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, and the American Youth Symphony.
For the past seven years, the Angeles Chorale has worked with Immediate Music, Megatrax, and Two Steps from Hell, leasing libraries for movie previews and television commercials. Chorale voices can be heard in many Hollywood movie trailers, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tangled, Meet the Parents: Little Fockers, and Prince of Persia.
ABOUT THE CHORALE LEADERSHIP