The Los Angeles Children’s Chorus (LACC) will hold its Spring Concert on May 11 and 18 at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. This is always a successful event and should be even more so this year, after the news that the ensemble has been awarded the Chorus America’s 2014 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, the nation’s top award for choral music. Music Director Anne Tomlinson will accept the award on behalf of LACC at a luncheon in Washington D.C. on June 12.
“LACC is extremely honored to receive this incredible award,” says Tomlinson. “It is also particularly meaningful to me on a personal level because of my close relationship with Ms. Hillis, who was both a thoroughly professional musician and a female pioneer in the choral music field. Her approach to learning music and her determination to achieve her goals serve as deep inspirations to me. If LACC and I in some way pay tribute to her ideals of musical and personal excellence, I am ever humbled. To have this award announced just prior to our Spring Concert adds special significance to the upcoming performance.”
Two world premieres will highlight the Spring Concert, which always features a vibrant mix of music both contemporary and traditional. The new works are by Shawn Kirchner, Los Angeles Master Chorale Swan Family Composer in Residence, and by the prolific Canadian composer Eleanor Daley. Daley’s piece, an arrangement of the traditional French-Canadian Folk Song “A la Claire Fontaine,” was commissioned by LACC in honor of Associate Artistic Director Mandy Brigham’s 10th Anniversary with the chorus. Kirchner wrote “A Mother’s Lament For the Death of Her Son,” based on Robert Burns’ poem of the same name, on a commission from Antoinette Adams and Frederic Cohen for LACC’s Young Men’s Ensemble (YME). Kirchner has also set the Burns poem “Ca’ The Yowes To The Knowes” for YME.
In preparation for its tour to England and Germany this summer, the Concert Choir also will perform several works by German composers, including J.S. Bach’s “Bist du bei mir,” and Mendelssohn’s “Op. 39 No. 2.” Other repertoire includes Brahms’s “Op. 37 No. 3,” “Liebe,” and “Gamelan” by Canadian composer Murray Schafer.
Tickets are $26, $38 and $44; children 17 and under are half price. You can call (626) 793-4231 or visit www.lachildrenschorus.org to see about tickets and details. The Pasadena Presbyterian Church is located at 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101.