The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) presents the highly anticipated US debut of Cuba’s premiere men’s choir Camerata Vocale Sine Nomine, led by eminent Cuban choral conductor Leonor Suárez Dulzaides, in a free concert on Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 pm, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.
Noted for its unique configuration of tenor and bass voices augmented by countertenors (soprano and alto), the choir, applauded by critics and audiences alike, presents diverse repertoire ranging from early polyphony to contemporary Cuban works. Sine Nomine will perform jointly and separately with LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble, led by Dr. Steven Kronauer.
“It is an honor for LACC to present this extraordinary choir and share with the Southland Sine Nomine’s incredible artistry through this community concert,” says Artistic Director Anne Tomlinson. “This remarkable cultural exchange reflects LACC’s mission of sharing the transformative power of music with people of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. It also provides our Young Men’s Ensemble with an opportunity to perform alongside one of the world’s leading men’s choirs.”
Since its inception in 2003, Sine Nomine has won prizes in the prestigious CUBADISCO festival, and released two CDs, “Portrait at Capella” (EGREM, 2007) and “Passio Domini Nostri Iesu Christi “(K617, 2005). The chorus has performed in the major concert halls of Cuba and has tour Mexico and Spain. In 2012, it won Best Ensemble and Best Vocal Arrangement in the international choral competition “Jalisco Canta,” in Mexico. The choir is also featured on the soundtracks of the documentary film “In the Wrong Body,” and the motion picture “Wedding Dress” directed by Marilyn Solaya.
In addition to the choir’s performance in Pasadena, its 16-day tour includes appearances in Long Beach, Palm Desert, San Francisco, Redwood City and Santa Barbara, where the choir will be featured at the annual American Choral Directors Association Western Regional conference.
Admission will be free (with a suggested donation of $10). For information, call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org. Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.
Photo courtesy of Sine Nomine