One of my friends at Harvard-Westlake is a new Spanish instructor from Belize. I told her of my struggle to become a fluent Spanish speaker. She optimistically told me to download an app called “Duolingo.” I’ve been having so much fun practicing not only Spanish, but also French! Apparently, I’m 27% fluent in Spanish and 17% fluent in French. I actually think I’m further along than that, but I can only complete so many exercises in a day. In any case, I’m definitely on my way. This is doable, folks!
- The Albert McNeil Jubilee Singers
- Marian Anderson
- Harolyn Blackwell
- Margaret Bonds
- R. Nathaniel Dett
- Todd Duncan
- Lalah Hathaway
- Lena Horne
- Tami Lee Hughes
- Joseph Joubert
- Ellis Marsalis
- Robert McFerrin
- Jessye Norman
- Florence B. Price
- George Shirley
- Spirit Chorale of Los Angeles.
- Billy Taylor
- Shirley Verrett
- William Warfield
- John W. Work
Marian Anderson, Ellis Marsalis, Jessye Norman, Robert McFerrin, Lena Horne, William Warfield
Effective June 30th of this year, I will resign from my position as Artistic Director of the San Gabriel Valley Choral Company. This decision is one that I have struggled with, as SGVCC has meant so much to me over these last 5 years. The time seems right for this transition, as I have accepted a full-time position as choral instructor at Harvard-Westlake School in Studio City.
With SGVCC, I have been nurtured and supported, and I have grown exponentially as a conductor. My vision as an artistic director was realized and validated through my work with SGVCC – for this I am deeply grateful. We served children and the elderly in our community, collaborated with other arts and civic organizations, performed major works, sang a wide variety of styles, honored each other, and had so much fun! I have learned so much about non-profit arts management, board succession, fundraising, and staff management. Most of all, I have made beautiful music with a group of the most beautiful people on the planet. Our community is so special, and we should never ever take that for granted.
I have no doubt that under the leadership of the brilliant Dr. Alexandra Grabarchuk, SGVCC will continue to thrive and grow. As my work with the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Project, Street Symphony, and the National Association of Negro Musicians continues, I look forward to remaining connected to SGVCC.
My final concert with SGVCC is this Saturday, June 24 at 7pm. Our concert entitled ”Route 66- Music and the All-American Highway” features jazz and blues, folk tunes, and rock ‘n’ roll songs that explore our relationship with this historic highway. It’s a choral celebration of America’s love affair with the open road and the stories we tell on the journey of life. Our children’s choir “Kids in Concert” will also be featured. Tickets are now available at the cost of $5 for children, $15 for students and seniors, and $20 for the general public. The concert will be held in the beautiful acoustical space of The Parish of Saint Luke, 122 S. California Avenue in Monrovia. More information can be found at www.choralcompany.org or by calling 818-802- 9620.
It’s May 25th. Happy Birthday to me!
His live performances are actually even better than his recordings!
I just performed his Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ and Drumming with the Jacaranda group in Santa Monica. Reich’s deep knowledge of Ghanaian drum music permeates his works. I feel connected to my core, to something primal when I sing them and hear them.
Can’t get their 2015 ACDA performance in Salt Lake City out of my mind.
Best recording of Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor EVER
Their recording of “Lots of Drops of Brandy” is the the happiest music I’ve ever heard.
This man really could sing!! I heard this song called “Crush” on KJZZ the other night. I was slain.
Her song “Nobody’s Supposed to Be Here” is STILL my jam. Plus, she nails the Whitney Houston character in “The Bodyguard” musical.
The voice for whom the solo in my arrangement of “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” was written.
…and today’s #1 favorite is…
Former Citadel football player turned internationally-known opera singer, I follow Morris on Facebook religiously. Morris is Gittn’er done!!
This list is subject to change.
Conductor Jenny Wong and I can be heard on KUSC tomorrow morning, talking about LA Master Chorale’s upcoming “Wade in the Water” concert this Sunday!
I’m so honored to be part of this amazing ensemble, and to have my arrangement of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing included in the program. Learn more about the concert with the link below (and get your tickets now), and turn in to hear our interview.
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with Brian Lauritzen
KUSC — 91.5 FM
Saturday, April 29
Catch the concert!
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Wade in the Water
Sunday, April 30, 7pm
Walt Disney Concert Hall