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By Jane Napier Neely | November 19, 2009
We are just a week away from Thanksgiving Day. Of course, that means that the day after the big national feast it is time to put up the holiday lights and try to remember where you stashed the garland that goes around the lamp post as the community prepares for the festive season ahead. This past weekend, two theaters in the greater Los Angeles area opened their curtains for exciting family holiday entertainment. Last Saturday afternoon the musical, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tried to upset the citizens of Whoville at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
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By Jane Napier Neely | February 12, 2014
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.
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December 7, 2006
Back-to-back matinees of 'Holiday Wonders,' the Los Angeles Master Chorale's signature yuletide family concert conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon will take place this Saturday. The show, geared for children and adults of all ages, abounds with festive carols and memory-making sing-alongs, making it one of the city's most popular holiday traditions for children and adults of all ages. Santa Claus drops in for a special appearance and the magnificent Disney Hall organ comes alive under the masterful touch of organist William Beck.
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September 11, 2008
The Los Angeles Children?s Chorus (LACC) and the Los Angeles Master Chorale will appear as guest artists with the Los Angeles Philharmonic to mark Esa-Pekka Salonen?s final appearance at the Hollywood Bowl as the orchestra?s music director on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The combined forces will perform Mahler?s monumental Symphony No. 8, ?Symphony of a Thousand,? in which vast vocal forces are used as instruments. While Symphony No. 8 is considered Mahler?s grandest composition, it is rarely heard due to the large performance resources required.
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December 15, 2005
The Los Angeles Master Chorale will perform the holiday tradition Monday, Dec. 19. Organist William Beck will provide accompaniment.A quarter of a century ago, the Los Angeles Master Chorale helped pioneer what has become one of the city's most beloved holiday traditions: the "Messiah Sing-Along." The Chorale will do George Frideric Handel proud when it celebrates the silver anniversary of its famed "Messiah Sing-Along" in grand style at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Monday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Backed by the driving organ accompaniment of guest organist William Beck, Music Director Grant Gershon conducts a quartet of outstanding soloists from the Chorale with the audience singing the chorus parts, including the universally loved "Hallelujah Chorus."
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November 30, 2006
Professional vocalist Daniel Chaney will be the tenor soloist in a performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 11 at Disney Concert Hall. Chaney is known by many in the La Cañada and greater Crescenta Valley area as a member of the St. George Episcopal Choir. "I have been with St. George for about a year and a half," Chaney said. "I love it. It is the only place where I have been able to sing from Bach to Manhattan Transfer." Prior to St. George, he sang in the choir at St. Martin of Tours in Brentwood.
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December 16, 2004
The Pasadena Symphony will present two performances of Handel's oratorio Messiah, featuring the Los Angeles Master Chorale, at the long-anticipated reopening of Pasadena's legendary Ambassador Auditorium on Dec. 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. Renowned soloists, soprano Elissa Johnston, mezzo-soprano Suzanna Guzman, tenor Randall Bills and baritone Rodney Gilfry will be among the performers. "Music lovers throughout the world have mourned the loss of this incomparable venue since it closed in 1994," said Barbara Steinwedell, president of the Pasadena Symphony's board of directors.
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By Jane Napier Neely | February 12, 2014
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.
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By Jane Napier Neely | November 19, 2009
We are just a week away from Thanksgiving Day. Of course, that means that the day after the big national feast it is time to put up the holiday lights and try to remember where you stashed the garland that goes around the lamp post as the community prepares for the festive season ahead. This past weekend, two theaters in the greater Los Angeles area opened their curtains for exciting family holiday entertainment. Last Saturday afternoon the musical, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” tried to upset the citizens of Whoville at the historic Pantages Theatre in Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2006
Back-to-back matinees of 'Holiday Wonders,' the Los Angeles Master Chorale's signature yuletide family concert conducted by Music Director Grant Gershon will take place this Saturday. The show, geared for children and adults of all ages, abounds with festive carols and memory-making sing-alongs, making it one of the city's most popular holiday traditions for children and adults of all ages. Santa Claus drops in for a special appearance and the magnificent Disney Hall organ comes alive under the masterful touch of organist William Beck.
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