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Master Chorale on the Prowl

Master Chorale on the Prowl
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It is no accident that composing plays as nearly a leading a role in Pasadena Master Chorale’s mission as singing. For starters, founder (and Altadena resident) Jeffrey Bernstein is a composer who has written works that have been performed nationwide and throughout Europe, Japan and Australia. Then, in 2014, PMC commissioned local composers Matthew Brown […]

Earth Speaks

Earth Speaks

From the time I started composing, I was keenly aware that, at least visually speaking, I was the goose in a bunch of ducks. A Julliard graduate with a masters degree from the Yale School of Music, a Fulbright-Nehru Scholarship recipient, a 2011 INK Fellow, and an enthusiast of Hindustani vocal studies, Reena Esmail is […]

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Requiem by Brahms as “Community Art”

Founder and Artistic Director of the Pasadena Master Chorale Jeffrey Bernstein says The Brahms Requiem to be performed by the choir on June 14th is not just a concert but a “community art project.” The choir will sing Eines Deutsches Requiem—what the director calls a journey through grief, sorrow, triumph, gratitude, and comfort—and between the […]

Taking Flight

Taking Flight

  From playing in his school’s marching band and joining a techno-pop group to earning a Grammy in 2012, Eric Whitacre elicits high, and sometimes fan-girling, praise. On Forums.Bands.org, comments call him “the nicest man you will ever meet,” and say he’s “a wonderful composer” and his music is “nothing short of amazing.” And, oh yes… “that tush…to […]

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana

Carmina Burana is divided into three parts, titled Spring, In the Tavern, and Love. “Everything that’s important in life is in this piece. There you go,” says conductor Marin Alsop in a 2006 interview with NPR Music. Professional soloists and a chamber orchestra with two pianos and a “fleet” of percussion instruments will join Pasadena Master […]

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

“Applaud My Friends. The Comedy Is Over.”

The above quote is supposedly a statement by Ludwig von Beethoven from his deathbed. The Pasadena Master Chorale would say that the entertainment is far from over. Sunday, January 9th, PMC joins with the L.A. Daiku to perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. From the PMC press release, some fascinating facts: “In Japan, the word ‘daiku’ or […]

Holiday Concerts Galore

Holiday Concerts Galore

Can we split ourselves in two? Maybe into quarters? The weekend of December 14th abounds with holiday concerts and we’re here to break them down, so that you may distinguish, choose, buy tickets (where applicable), and mark your calendar. Pasadena Symphony & Pops Grant Cooper conducts the L.A. Children’s Chorus, L.A. Bronze (Handbell Choir), The […]

Listen First, Then Pay

Listen First, Then Pay

They’re calling it “voting with your pocketbook musically.” The Pasadena Master Chorale (PMC) is opening its 5th season with “A Portrait of Benjamin Britten” on October 12th with “listen first, then pay” pricing. Tickets may be purchased for $0 online or through PMC members. Excuse me? you ask. Let us clarify. Ticketholders are invited to […]

Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with P’s Master Chorale

Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil with P’s Master Chorale

Sergei Rachmaninoff composed his All-Night Vigil (also known as Vespers) during a three-week period in 1915. It is a towering achievement and a work of deep faith. Comprised of fifteen movements and based largely on Russian Orthodox chants, the All-Night Vigil is a technical and emotional tour de force. Sung without instruments and lasting just over […]

Baroque Christmas & Beethoven’s 9th

Baroque Christmas & Beethoven’s 9th

Pasadena Master Chorale will present its Baroque Christmas concert this Saturday with the music of Monteverdi and Handel. The first part of Handel’s famous “Messiah” will be paired with the “sublime” and not often heard “Magnificat” by Claudio Monteverdi. Then, welcome 2013 with energy and bombast with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. PMC is teaming up with the Los […]

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