Los Angeles Chamber Singers & Cappella 20th Anniversary Concert at St. Cross Episcopal Church
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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My husband and I had a great time at the concert. The location was so appropriate and lovely and the acoustics were perfect. The performance was stirring and inspiring. The vocalists are amazing and Mr. Rutenberg is so warm and a gentleman.
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“Radiantly beautiful…warm and expressive.” —Southern California Early Music News
“A precision instrument…with big-voiced power, rhythmic security, and tonal beauty… A top-notch ensemble.” —Early Music America
“Precise singing, well-rounded sound and clear diction.” —Pasadena Independent
“A spirited and sensitive ensemble” with “cohesive… intelligent programming.” —The Los Angeles Times
Orlandus Lassus Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera a 8; Magnificat Octavi Toni a 6; Hodie Completi Sunt a 6
Giovanni Gabrieli Hodie Completi Sunt a 8
Thomas Tallis _Loquebantur Variis Linguis a 7
_Orlando Gibbons _O Clap Your Hands a 8
Morley: Fire, Fire My Heart
Vautor: Sweet Suffolk Owl
Ward: Hope of My Heart
Weelkes: Hark, All Ye Lovely Saints Above
The Los Angeles Chamber Singers’ spectacular season finale is a polychoral extravaganza celebrating the ensemble’s first two decades. Lassus’s brilliant Missa Bell’ Amfitrit’ altera (a parody mass on a now-lost model) is the centerpiece, with three motets on the theme of Pentecost by Lassus, Tallis and Gabrieli. In a brief trip down memory lane, we recall a selection of madrigals originally sung on our Debut Concert, which took place on 20 May 1990. Lassus wrote over 100 settings of the Magnificat during his life, and one favorite is the exquisitely-structured Magnificat Octavi Toni first performed on Cappella’s Debut Concert in April 1993. We proudly spotlight our abundance of sensational singers in several solo ensembles throughout the program as well.