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Los Angeles Master Chorale, staged by Peter Sellars

Los Angeles Master Chorale, staged by Peter Sellars Music to Accompany a Departure
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February 07, 2024 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $65.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Vocal Concerts
  • Genre: Classical, Vocal
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

Following their widely acclaimed collaboration on Lagrime di San Pietro (which was performed at Koerner Hall in 2020), Peter Sellars, Grant Gershon, and singers of the Los Angeles Master Chorale reunite with a deeply personal meditation on what it means to say goodbye in times of struggle, especially over the pandemic years. For this performance, 24 singers will be accompanied by Baroque organ and viol da gamba to create an intimate ceremony of connection across time and space.

The luminous music of the Baroque composer Heinrich Schütz serves as the inspiration for this ceremony of remembrance and devotion. Schütz composed the Musikalische Exequien (Music to Accompany a Departure) during the terrible ravages of the 30 Years War, and it was dedicated to the memory of one of his dearest friends and benefactors. Schütz is widely regarded as the greatest German composer before Bach, and the Musikalische Exequien was the first requiem written in the language of the people rather than Latin. The music speaks with both quiet emotion and enormous depth of feeling.

Please note: The content of this concert may be emotionally challenging as it includes themes of death, loss, and grief.

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