Angel City Chorale Presents ELEMENTS, Featuring Grammy Winning Christopher Tin, 6/7-8
Angel City Chorale (ACC) will reunite with acclaimed Composer Christopher Tin at its upcoming spring concerts, Elements, on Saturday, June 7, and Sunday, June 8, 2014 at the Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Conducted by ACC Founder and Artistic Director Sue Fink, the first half of the concerts will feature selections that explore the four elements in a variety of musical styles including pop (Earth, Wind & Fire), classical (Brahms), as well as spirituals ("Ain'a That Good News"). The second half of the program features the West Coast Premiere of Tin's new song cycle, The Drop that Contained the Sea, the much-anticipated follow-up to Tin's Grammy Award-winning album, Calling All Dawns, which was hailed by critics as a masterpiece. Tin's new classical/world music fusion work features stunning juxtapositions of rhythms and cultures. Songs depict global visions of water from the snows of Mongolia to the rains of Africa. Each of the 10 pieces is sung in a different language, including Proto-Indo-European, Turkish, and Xhosa. ACC also performed the West Coast premiere of Tin's Calling All Dawns at its 20th Anniversary Concerts last spring.
Elements will start at 7:00pm, on both evenings, at the historic Wilshire United Methodist Church (4350 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90010). The audience is invited to join the performers for a dessert reception after each performance. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, with discounts for children (ages 5-12) and seniors. Advance tickets are available via the ACC website here. For additional information on ACC, please visit www.angelcitychorale.org.
"Angel City Chorale is thrilled to collaborate once again with Los Angeles' own Christopher Tin, who I believe is the most brilliant composer of our time," says Fink. "We are incredibly lucky to be the very first to sing this sweepingly cinematic music that captures the vibrancy and color in divergent world cultures while finding deep streams of commonality between us all."
In addition to the upcoming Elements concerts, Angel City Chorale also recently recorded with Tin at famed West Los Angeles studio The Village, on his new album, The Drop that Contained the Sea. Tin's new work features the return of many of the guest artists who performed on Calling All Dawns, and several new ones as well. In addition to ACC, performing on the new album are the Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir, a capella quartet Anonymous 4, the Grammy-winning Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares, and Portuguese folk artist Dulce Pontes. ACC sang on 6 of 10 tracks on the album. It is scheduled for a May 2014 release. Prior to the spring concerts, ACC will also perform onstage at the World Premiere of The Drop that Contained the Sea at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Sunday, April 13, 2014, before bringing the work home to ACC's Los Angeles audience.
The fully orchestrated Los Angeles performances will feature a live ensemble including strings, French horn, trumpets, harp, piano, synthesizers, upright and electric bass, and percussion. Also on the Elements program, in contrast to Tin's work, ACC will perform the beautiful a capella choral piece Earth Song, by well-respected Composer and USC Composition Professor Frank Ticheli. The Elementsconcert date also coincides with World Oceans Day, which is held annually on June 8th. The planet's biggest celebration of the ocean, its aim is to remember the life-giving role of oceans.