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Giving a voice to Walt DisneyConcert Hall, the Grammy-nominated Los Angeles Master Chorale (LAMC),considered one of the world’s leading choirs, is led by Music Director GrantGershon.  TheLos Angeles Times proclaims, “Under Gershon, the Master Chorale seems to be able tomaster anything,” The New York Timescalls the choir “inspired,” and The New York Observer declares it “a superb vocal ensemble.”  The Chorale is currently in its 47thseason as a resident company of the Music Center of Los Angeles County and its8th as the resident chorus at Disney Hall.  Presenting its own concert series each season, it hasperformed more than 480 concerts, featuring choral music from the earliestwritings to the most recent contemporary compositions.  The choir hascommissioned 25 and premiered 63 new works, of which 41 were world premieres,and has been awarded the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programmingthree times – in 1995, 2003 and 2010. Additionally, the Chorale has performed in more than 280 concerts withthe Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl and hasalso appeared at the Ojai Festival, the Great Performers series at LincolnCenter, and at Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin, as well as in leadingvenues throughout the Southland. Its discography includes three CDs under Gershon’s baton, including DanielVariations by Steve Reich, released inspring 2008 on Nonesuch Records, You Are (Variations) by Steve Reich, released in September 2005 onNonesuch Records, and an RCM recording featuring Esa-Pekka Salonen’s firstchoral work, Two Songs to Poems of Ann Jäderlund, and Philip Glass’ Itaipu.  InJune 2010, Gershon conducts the choir in recording sessions at Disney Hall forhis fourth CD with the choir, which will be an all-Nico Muhly album to bereleased by Decca later this season. LAMC previously released three CDs under Music Director Emeritus PaulSalamunovich on RCM, including the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen-LuxAeterna.  The Chorale is also featured with Gershon on the soundtracksof such major motion pictures as Charlie Wilson’s War, Lady in the Water, License to Wed, and Waterworld.  Serving more than 40,000audience members of all ages annually, the Los Angeles Master Chorale alsoprovides education outreach to approximately 6,000 children each year.  In 2008, the Chorale’s highlysuccessful outreach program “Voices Within” earned the coveted Chorus AmericaEducation Outreach Award.

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