LA Opera Presents Great Opera Choruses
Grant Gershon and the LA Opera Chorus return to the
Valley Performing Arts Center in two free LA Opera Off Grand concerts
(Los Angeles) February 25, 2015 — LA Opera will present two free Great Opera Choruses concerts on March 14, with Resident Conductor Grant Gershon leading the LA Opera Chorus. As part of the Figaro Unbound celebration, highlights will include a suite of choral excerpts from The Marriage of Figaro and famous choruses from a number of other popular operas. Best of all, audience members of all ages—and of any musical ability—will have the exciting opportunity to join in the fun by singing along with the pros to such famous pieces as the Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore and the Toreador Song from Carmen. The Great Opera Choruses concerts will be accompanied by LA Opera Assistant Conductor Jeremy Frank and will feature soloists from LA Opera's Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.
Great Opera Choruses is presented under LA Opera's Off Grand banner, dedicated to performances taking place outside the company's traditional home at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. The concerts will be presented at the Valley Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of California State University-Northridge (CSUN) at 18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, 91330. Two performances will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 2:00pm and at 3:30pm.
Advance tickets are required for admission and are now available; there is a handling fee of $1 per ticket for all orders made through LAOpera.org. Tickets can be obtained in person at the Valley Performing Arts Center Box Office (18111 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91330), which is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm as well as one hour before all performances there. Note that tickets are not available by phone for Great Opera Choruses. For questions, the VPAC Box Office can be reached by telephone at 818.677.3000.
About Off Grand
Great Opera Choruses is presented as part of LA Opera's Off Grand initiative, dedicated to presenting a wide variety of artistic exploration throughout a broad geographical area. To learn more, please visit LAOpera.org/OffGrand.
About Figaro Unbound
LA Opera's 2015 programming of three operas based on Beaumarchais' three Figaro plays—the familiar musical adaptations by Rossini and Mozart of The Barber of Seville and The Marriage of Figaro, as well as John Corigliano's The Ghosts of Versailles—gives music and theater lovers a rare opportunity to experience the complete Figaro Trilogy told in operatic form. In combination with the Figaro Trilogy, the lasting legacy of the free-thinking barber will be explored in Figaro Unbound, a three-month celebration of the revolutionary spirit with a variety of programming for all ages. To learn more, please visit LAOpera.org/FigaroUnbound.
About Grant Gershon and the LA Opera Chorus
The LA Opera Chorus plays an integral part in the artistic excellence for which LA Opera is known, receiving acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Consisting of highly trained professional artists, the LA Opera Chorus is featured in most of the productions presented by the company at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Grant Gershon joined LA Opera as Associate Conductor / Chorus Master in 2007, and was named Resident Conductor in 2012. He is also the Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where he has conducted more than 100 performances at Walt Disney Concert Hall over the past 14 seasons. He has conducted multiple performances with the LA Philharmonic, as well as opera performances at LA Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Minnesota Opera and the Ravinia Festival.
About the Valley Performing Arts Center
The 1,700-seat LEED Gold certified Valley Performing Arts Center has established CSU-Northridge as a hub for culture and live performing arts in the region. To learn more, visit Valley PerformingArtsCenter.org or call 818.677.8840.
Special support for Great Opera Choruses is made possible
by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl.
Original program created with support from former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
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