Artes Vocales “Breaking Free”

May 28, 2017

Artes Vocales of Los Angeles presents its spring concert “Breaking Free” with a pre-concert soiree and silent auction at First United Methodist Church on June 3. We’ve read that the acoustics of the sanctuary are “superior,” so if this program is of interest…

Breaking Free explores the universal yearning for freedom from a variety of perspectives, from the wistful recollection of the freedom of youth (John Corigliano’s setting of Dylan Thomas’s “Fern Hill”) to the joyful anticipation of heavenly freedom (Shawn Kirchner’s “Three American Songs”). 

Composer John Corigliano‘s work has garnered him a an Oscar in 1999 (The Red Violin), 5 Grammy Awards, and the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Symphony No. 2.


John Corigliano, 1999.


”The thing I like about John’s music,” said Mr. Slatkin, who has conducted most of Mr. Corigliano’s major works of the last 20 years, and recorded several, ”is that it’s recognizably his. Within any piece of his, within 25 seconds, you know who wrote it, and as different as the next work is bound to be, you’ll still know it’s him. It’s music that has a face, and I admire that.”

Listen to a few of Mr. Corigliano’s works, and a sense of his style quickly emerges. It includes a fondness for extremes, notable in concertos. Fast movements often push both the soloists’ technique and the ensemble’s energy level to the edge, yet his slow movements are meltingly lyrical.
—”Decades in the Making” by Allan Kozinn, NY Times, March 26, 1999


Shawn Kirchner.


Kirchner’s Heavenly Home: Three American Songs is considered a “bluegrass triptych” and had its world premier at the final concert of the 2009/2010 season of the Los Angeles Master Chorale. When speaking of his creative process as a songwriter/composer, Kirchner has said, “It’s about the ability to see big possibilities in small things.”¹

Also featured in “Breaking Free” are Antonio Vivaldi’s “Magnificat” and Avro Pärt’s “Berliner Messe”. Joel Pargman and his string chamber orchestra and pianist Twyla Meyer join AVoLA for this program conducted by Dr. Steven Kronauer.


Artes Vocales of Los Angeles.


Regarding the silent auction…

With over 50 auction items to bid on, here are just 5 of the available packages:

—Kronauer’s DTLA Pub Crawl: What better way to enjoy the best bars in Downtown LA than with Dr. Steve Kronauer. Don’t miss out spending some quality time with AVoLA’s charming music director.
—Mountain Cabin: Leave the city behind and reconnect with nature with this exclusive auction package.
—Universal Studios Tickets: Universal Studios has something for everybody. Whether you’re a wizard in training, a Walking Dead-head, or an overall movie enthusiast, this package is for you.
—Private Boat Cruise: Sail the seas with this exclusive private boat cruise for four.
—Disney Park Hopper Tickets: Explore the magic of Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park with four Disney Park Hopper tickets.


Dr. Steven Kronauer


Artes Vocales of Los Angeles: Breaking Free
Saturday, June 3rd, 3-6 p.m.; pre-concert soiree and silent auction at 2 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 500 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Tickets: $25; purchase at Brown Paper Tickets
For complete details, visit
event Facebook page
Ph: 1.626.683.3355


AVoLA is a 70-voice auditioned community chorus conducted by Dr. Steven Kronauer under the auspices of the Pasadena Conservatory of Music. Dr. Kronauer is the group’s founding artistic director, Evan Roberts, the assistant director, and Twyla Meyer, the accompanist. (Pasadena Conservatory of Music)

Part of Artes Vocales’ mission is “to encourage young artists who are launching solo careers.”






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