The Los Angeles Children's Chorus celebrates the summer with music during a seven-day concert tour of Alaska which will include visits to Juneau and Sitka. The first performance will take place on Saturday, August 6, 2005, 7:30 p.m. in Juneau; the second performance is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10, 2005, 7:30pm in Sitka. LACC Music Director Anne Tomlinson will conduct, and LACC Pianist Twyla Meyer will accompany the choir for both performances. Drawing from compelling musical traditions of varied cultures, the programs feature a range of music by noted composers from around the world.
The tour repertoire includes Mi'kmaq Honour Song by Lydia Adams, a Native American chant dedicated to the Creator, in which the human voice is interwoven with nature sounds. LACC also performs Los Angeles-based Paul Gibson's Dona Nobis Pacem, which was commission by LACC and premiered by the choir in May 2005. Written for three-part a cappella children's voices, Gibson says of the work, It begins with pleas for peace that have just a hint of doubt, because, in real life, people seeking peace are faced with so many obstacles and setbacks. But as the work progresses, the possibility of peace grows. It also conveys that peace isn't a simple thing. There are many kinds of peace in the world. There's peace within, peace with people near us, and peace with people far away. Peace is very complex. The complexity is portrayed by fast, strong, rhythmic elements that cascade upon each other, creating vibrant energy.
Touring is an important aspect of the LACC program. In previous seasons the choir has toured to countries as diverse as Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Brazil and Canada, and throughout many areas of the United States. The upcoming tour of Alaska is their first, and one for which there is great anticipation. In addition to the concert performances in Juneau and Sitka, LACC choristers are looking forward to being hosted by the Alaska Youth Choir with whom they will also share a joint workshop. In addition to their performances, the singers will enjoy many of the extraordinary sites for which Alaska is renown including visits to the Mendenhall Glacier, the Sheldon-Jackson Museum, Sitka National Historical Park, and the Alaska Raptor Center.
LACC has 240 choristers in five choirs: Concert, Chamber Singers, Intermediate, Apprentice and Preparatory. The intensive training program includes weekly or twice weekly rehearsals, and all children receive individual voice coaching and take musicianship classes. LACC has toured Brazil, Great Britain, Italy, Australia, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland as well as many parts of the United States and Canada. It was featured in the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, SING!, which chronicles a year in the life of the choir and is shown periodically on PBS stations nationwide.
Concert Performance is co-sponsored by ACFEA Tour Consultants and Alaska Arts Southeast. For further concert information, please contact Christina Martin at ACFEA Tour Consultants (800.886.2055)