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.”

This framed original pen and ink study was a featured item at the Hollywood Master Chorale Roaring 20s Revelry Silent Auction on May 23, 2015.

The final concert of the 20th Anniversary season, "20 (Songs) for 20 (Years)" on June 7, 2015 at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church, was a celebration of the music the chorale has sung over the past 20 years.  Some singers shared their thoughts about their favorite song: 

Fair Phyllis - The first madrigal I ever sang.  Even my Mum, who is called Phyllis, thinks it is "a very jolly song." - Suzanne                                    

Two Flowers - Unforgettable piece - the biggest challenge at my very first concert as an HMC member. - Mayumi              

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day - I first sang this back and high school and have loved it ever since. That was fall 1997. - Eve

Ave Verum Corpus - When I heard HMC singing Ave Verum Corpus by Mozart in 2013, I saw a single rose opening up ever so slowly in front of me.  So I joined HMC. - Akiko

Regina Coeli - Through Regina Coeli, I could meet friendly and warm-hearted HMC members and sing joyfully. - Keiko

There Shall a Star  - I am greatly moved by the way the song changes from soothing tones to harsh, clashing harmonies and back to lyrical, uplifting melody.  It helped me understand what a great composer can do. - Lyndia 

Hymn to the Eternal Flame - Written to honor the lives of children lost in the Holocaust, I am haunted by its luscious melody as I breathe, sing and picture children relying on us to save them and their families. - Beverley

You Are the New Day - Hopeful, inspiring, optimistic and altogether one of my favorite songs in this concert. - Beth

Sure On This Shining Night - We performed this piece in 2006, and I remember Lauridsen, our great American composer, coming to gently prepare and instruct us, all the while patiently accompanying us on the upright piano.  - Anu

Stay tuned for news of the Hollywood Master Chorale's upcoming 2015 season.

Randy Sprout received his BA from the University of Iowa, and later was awarded an MA and an MFA from UCLA. He has restored priceless prints through LACMA, and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to restore some Goya steel-faced etchings at the Prado in Lisbon. He coauthored the book “Innovative Printmaking” (1977 Crown Publishers, New York.) Visit his website.

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