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The Valley Line: Master Chorale glitters after 50 years

February 12, 2014|By Jane Napier Neely
  • The Los Angeles Master Chorale sing a welcome to the over 400 guests at the Master Chorale gala.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale sing a welcome to the over… (Courtesy of Jamie…)

Yay! The Winter Olympic Games are now open in Sochi, Russia. I admit that I'm addicted to the games — be they summer or winter editions. However, my favorites are the winter games, so I'm keeping a close watch on the events as well as the athletes, especially our own hometown Olympian Kate Hansen, a luge competitor.

One could say I was in Olympic Game television viewing overload, but I'm loving every minute of it. As I write this on Monday morning our community is awaiting Kate Hansen's slide down the icy luge track.

A huge billboard on Foothill Boulevard announces that Kate is "Going for the Gold." Los Angeles NBC morning news on Channel 4 spotlighted Kate. They showed her warming up for her event by dancing to the music of Beyonce via a headset. The reporter said that Kate told him that the music calmed her nerves and got her into the mood for her run.

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Although this newscast was at about 6:30 a.m. California time, the reporter also mentioned that the Hansen family's Mexican restaurant, Los Gringos Locos, was opening up early for a celebration.

By the time you read this our hometown girl will be celebrating the fact that she is an Olympian and that she gave her best effort on the track.

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Closer to home, our town folk were dressing up for a black-tie event celebrating the 50th anniversary season for the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

Nearly 400 formally dressed music lovers and supporters of the chorale gathered for champagne and cocktails in the marble-clad soaring entry of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Some chose to sip a celebratory blend of Prosecco and Aperol with tiny gold stars floating in the bubbles. It was very pretty to watch the sparkling stars being propelled by the bubbles.

A lively red carpet reception with savory passed hors d'oeuvres just began the festivities with the promise of fine dining yet to come.

Guests not only sipped the bubbly, they also signed silent auction bidding slips for fabulous getaways, restaurant dinners, sports and music events.

The Master Chorale was the star of the evening as their voices greeted diners from the steps of the Grand Hall. As guests were seated the chorale captivated gala guests with its signature "Surround Sing."

Music Director Grant Gershon conducted the delightful "Il est bel et bon" by Pierre Passereau, the moving "Danny Boy," arranged by Roger Wagner; and the rousing spiritual "Hold On!" arranged by Jester Harston.

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