“LET THE WHOLE WORLD SING”

Hollywood Master Chorale raises its voice to celebrate our world’s many cultures

Jenine Baines' Press Release:

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. Music lovers who, like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, believe that “music is the universal language of mankind” may want to attend the Hollywood Master Chorale’s performance, “Let the Whole World Sing,” on Sunday, June 11 at 4 p.m. at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood. The program will include works by composers ranging from Fauré, Brahms, and Debussy to the modern Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, who passed away earlier this year. The Chorale will also perform a number of English-language pieces that refer to international destinations.

" ‘Let the Whole World Sing’ is a celebration of our world's cultures and the crucial role that singing plays in shaping and expressing them,” says Dr. Stephen Pu, Artistic Director of the Hollywood Master Chorale (HMC). “To me, this program is refreshing. It will be a performance of vitality and variety, offering our audience not only a sampling of musical flavors from around the world but music of breathtaking beauty alongside music that is delightfully playful.”

Perhaps the most “playful” song on the program is Czech folk song Stodola Pumpa, which depicts shepherds or workers returning to the farm from the fields for a drink of water at the barn pump.  “It is short and subtle and over before you know it,” says HMC board member Sandra Kapin. “It’s a very cute piece.”

Yet, while folk songs like Stodola Pumpa may be new to HMC’s audience, other works – such as Africa by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro – will be more recognizable because of their presence in popular culture. Africa, for instance, was recorded by the rock band, Toto, in 1982. HMC will present a choral arrangement of the song by Roger Emerson. 

  “We don’t often hear Asian music. And because it’s so unlike western music, it’s especially exciting to have this opportunity to share Molihua and In the Stillness with the community,” says Kapin. “This is a very family-friendly concert as well – a great way to take children on a musical journey around the world in 80 minutes.  With no passports required!”  

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Save the Date

Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 4:00 PM at Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church

Can music heal the soul?  Can it give the heart peace?  Come find out at the Hollywood Master Chorale presentation of Masterworks in March:  Give Us Peace!

"I see us as a country at war, often with ourselves. It is my hope to give deep catharsis through incredibly evocative and seldom performed works,” said Artistic Director, Dr. Stephen Pu.  "We are more than just entertainment. We are healers for the fractures we feel in our communities, and with music, we answer the soul's longing for meaning.”

Featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' powerful Dona Nobis Pacem, Samuel Barber's profound Agnus Dei, and Nick Strimple's Psalm 133, let the sweet sounds delight!

Hollywood Master Chorale's 22nd Season is worth wating for!

On Deceber 4, 2016, the chorale will kick off the holiday season with "Anticipate!," a concert that will have you on the edge of your seat.  As Artistic Director Dr. Stephen Pu explains, “I want our concert to be a part of what everyone is anticipating, helping to remind everyone that this season is a time of precious togetherness, heartwarming charity, and breathtaking beauty. Our concert will offer songs that depict all of these qualities as we embody the excitement that makes the winter season so special....”

Just to give you a taste:  there's Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, an ethereal contemporary masterwork.

Craig Courney's Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas will amuse and delight.  You will see why Gorey's "Lords a-Leaping" illustration is so apt.

Michelle Green Willner's Sim Shalom (Grant Us Peace,) a candlelight blessing from Steve Rothsteinand White Winter Hymnal by Robin Pecknold, (not what you might expect,) all reflect on special moments of the season.

There will be carols!

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Dr. Stephen Pu

Stephen Pu is an award-winning choral-orchestral conductor, pianist, singer, and teacher.  As a pianist, Stephen has won many awards from regional competitions and appeared in concert both in California and Hawaii to enthusiastic applause.  A noted singer as well, he has performed on many major stages, including Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and Carnegie Hall.

For our third concert, Guest Artistic Director Stephen Pu has selected a program of contemporary music you are sure to love.  Starting the show with exciting Alleluias and other joyous melodies, including Lauridsen's awesome "O Magnum Mysterium," you will hear music of inspiration and wonder.  In the second half, you will hear the Premiere of Stephen's delightful "Out of the Box,"and then you will follow a whirl-wind journey through "Pure Imagination" from Willie Wonka, through a magical chess game, with homage to the contemporary: HMC's rendition of the Mario Bros. theme, and "Baba Yetu" in Swahili; and at last a moment to reflect wth John Lennon's "Imagine." 

Treat yourself to an afternoon of music that is "Out of the Box."  Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 4 pm at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood.

Christian Campos

The Hollywood Master Chorale is delighted to introduce our guest Artistic Director, Los Angeles native, Christian Campos. Currently he is the managing Artistic Director of the Horizon Music Group. In five seasons, Mr. Campos has led over thirty choral and instrumental concerts with the group, including collaborations with the Cincinnati Boychoir (Bach cantatas) and Bach Collegium San Diego (St. John Passion).

The first concert will be "Caroling, Caroling" on December 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.  The church is at 505 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210, and there is plenty of parking in nearby parking structures along Santa Monica Boulevard.

General Admission is $20; Students and Seniors are $15.

You will hear unusual carols as well as your familiar favorites.  In fact, many of the carols have been requested by our fans.  Two carols by Dale Trumbore will be premiered, commissioned as part of the "Christmas Past, Christmas Future!" 2015 Carol Consortium.

Back by popular demand is our Holiday Brass Quintet!

Stay tuned for more information about the "Masterworks in March:  Schubert" concert on March 19, 2016.

"The Hollywood Master Chorale is one of the little treasures of Greater Los Angeles. I admire their plucky spirit, taking on major works such as the Charpentier Christmas Mass, Randall Thompson's Testament of Freedom, and the less familiar choral works of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, all of which I heard with great pleasure. Their conductor is expert at balancing her voices with the accompaniment so that each component plays its part relative to the other with proper attention to clarity and purposefulness. I also have to admire how much, and how enthusiastically, the HMC goes out into the community to entertain, to inspire, and to give heart to audiences, many of whom, I would venture to guess, probably are not regular concertgoers. Also, their repertoire is varied enough that no two concerts are anything alike, except in the care and devotion obviously poured into their preparation and presentation. This is a group that maximizes its resources and does its job well."

--Eric A. Gordon, PhD, author of biographies of two American composers, Marc Blitzstein and Earl Robinson

A delighted audience was treated to their favorite music selected from the HMC's repertoire of 20 years, including Mozart, Morten Lauridsen, Stephen Paulus, Nick Strimple, madrigals, and more on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.

Read Coril Prochnow's glowing review.

Griffith Park Observatory with LA Nocturne

Local Los Feliz artist, Randy Sprout, presented us with “Griffith Park Observatory with LA Nocturne” - a framed original 8.5”X11” pen and ink study with acrylic washes on #140 Strathmore paper will be on auction at the Hollywood Master Chorale Roaring 20s Spring Fundraiser. 

Watch for details so that you can bid on this stunning original artwork.

HMC brings happy holidays with Charpentier and more

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again, and there’s no better way to ring in the holiday season than to take in some good old-fashioned Christmas caroling.  In the bustling suburbs of Beverly Hills, one can do just that – with an exciting twist, of course!  On Saturday, December 6th, the Hollywood Master Chorale presented their annual Christmas program at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church.  Under the direction of Dr. Lauren Buckley Schaer…

See more of Grant Yosenick's review at at Singerpreneur

Hollywood Master Chorale - 20th Anniversary

The Hollywood Master Chorale takes pride in being an integral part of the community. For our 20th Anniversary, Los Feliz artist Randy Sprout presented us with “Griffith Park Observatory with LA Nocturne.”

The Hollywood Master Chorale (HMC) has just concluded its 19th season. Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Lauren Buckley Schaer, programmed a rousing concert, "Voices of Freedom," which was part of the West Hollywood "One City One Pride" Arts Festival. Besides being inspired by the dynamic music, such as "The Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson with the words of Thomas Jefferson, the audience was delighted to join in on "Lift Every Voice and Sing" by the Johnson brothers.

Singing from the balcony
HolidayBrassLA2

The Hollywood Master Chorale was delighted to perform at the Holiday Brass LA concert on December 3, 2013 at Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles.  Performing for the community, especially when it is for the benefit of scholarships for students of brass instruments, is what has kept them together for almost 20 years.  Several songs are available on YouTube, including Hollywood Master Chorale sings Rutter's "Gloria," Pearsall's "In Dulci Jubilato," and a bit of Dickau's "Joy."

Voices of LA: Voices of Experience

Hollywood Master Chorale concluded their Songs of Experience concert series Saturday night at the West Hollywood Library. Since the concert was inspired by Poet-painter William Blake’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience,” the library was an an apt location to showcase his intimate, poignant poems set to song. The composers enlisted for this two-year commissioned project (Voices of Los Angeles) ranged from individuals newly graduated from their studies to individuals long tenured at respected institutions, both academic and religious.

Hollywood Master Chorale celebrates the conclusion of its two-year project “Voices of LA” with a world premiere performance of eight newly commissioned works inspired by William Blake’s “Songs of Experience”

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