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About Los Robles Master Chorale
Los Robles Master Chorale, a 100-voice community choral ensemble serving Ventura and western Los Angeles counties, celebrates its 35th anniversary during the 2012-2013 season. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lesley Leighton since 2008, the Chorale has expanded its vision, personnel, and audience base, taking part in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's The Mahler Project, and A Concert for America at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in commemoration of the former president's centennial birthday. LRMC works continuously to expand its horizons in both the repertoire it performs and the contribution it makes to the rich choral traditions of the southern California region.
The Chorale will present seven distinctive concerts during the 35th anniversary season, which opens in November with Western Skies, featuring êkō, the 38-voice chamber ensemble, singing Western Swing and American folk music arranged by Roger Wagner, Norman Luboff, and other giants of the choral repertoire. In December, the chorale rings in the holiday season with two concerts: Holiday Treasures, a family-focused performance that offers seasonal favorites and includes audience participation, and Holiday Presence, featuring Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata, John Rutter's Gloria, and several special arrangements of popular holiday songs, all accompanied by brass ensemble.
The chorale once again welcomes in spring with a joint concert with Los Robles Children's Choir in a performance of Andrew Carter's Benedicite. êkō welcomes guest artists Daniel Chaney and Michael Lichtenauer in April for Celtic Tapestries: music from the British Isles by Benjamin Britten, Michael McGlynn, and others. In May, the full chorale honors Enduring Spirits with works by Mahler, Bruckner, Britten, and Whitacre, as well as the world premiere of the winning composition in LRMC's third annual Young Artist Choral Composer Competition. The season closes with a spirited performance of Orff's timeless Carmina Burana.
Extending its leadership and presence in the community, LRMC also performs regularly at the University Village retirement community and hosts a High School Choral Festival and a Choral Leadership Workshop for serious high school choral singers.
As the pre-eminent chorus in Ventura County, Los Robles Master Chorale often collaborates with such world-class choral composers as Morten Lauridsen and Shawn Kirchner, creating fresh insight into the interpretations of their works. The group has given west coast premieres of works by John Tavener, Franz Biebl, Matthew Brown, Bruce Vandervalk, Melanie McCoy, and Steve Eisle, in addition to world premieres of works by John Rutter, Christina Whitten Thomas, Lauren McLaren, Jordan Nelson, Thomas Goedecke and Lesley Leighton, and has hosted such distinguished guest conductors as Roger Wagner, Sir David Willcocks, Paul Salamunovich, Vance George, and Lloyd Pfautsch. The chorale has traveled on six international tours to Helsinki, Paris, Salzburg, London, Rome, Florence, and Prague, performing in Notre Dame Cathedral, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Salzburg Cathedral, Basilica San Marco, the Duomo di Santa Maria del Fiore, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiiore, and Dvorak Hall, and has plans in the works for another tour in 2015.
We are a volunteer chorus that presents masterworks and new choral music to our community. We act as stewards of the tradition of choral excellence in our region through performance, collaboration with other arts organizations in our community, education of our audiences and young singers, and encouraging new choral compositions through our young composer's competition.
We envision a community in which choral music connects all generations through the power and beauty of the human voice.
Artistic Director Lesley Leighton
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