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PROGRAM
THE GOLDEN SHORE

Rachmaninoff and the music of displacement

 

THE PASADENA CHORALE

EDWARD MURRAY, ORGANIST

 

JEFFREY BERNSTEIN, CONDUCTOR
 

Epiphany (world premiere) | Jeffrey Bernstein

commissioned for the Pasadena Chorale by Eric Vesbit, in honor of his father, organist John Vesbit

 

All-Night Vigil, op. 37 (#1 - 3) | Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

Da Pacem Domine | Caroline Mallonee

 

All-Night Vigil, op. 37 (#6) | Sergei Rachmaninoff

 

A Thirst for Water (world premiere) | Vera Ivanova

text by Rachel Kaufman

commissioned by the Pasadena Chorale

 

All-Night Vigil, op. 37 (#9) | Sergei Rachmaninoff

Israel Segura, tenor

 

My Heart Be Brave | Marques L.A. Garrett

EDWARD MURRAY (ORGANIST) is Director of Music and Organist at historic Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Los Angeles. He holds degrees from the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University and has done advanced work at the University of Southern California. He has been a prize-winner in numerous important competitions, notably the American Guild of Organists National Organ Playing Competition, the Concours Suisse de l’orgue, and the international competition in Geneva. Well-known in the Southland as a harpsichordist, he played more than ten seasons with the Los Angeles Baroque Orchestra and has performed with Musica Angelica, the American Bach Soloists, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Opera, and others. He has also championed new music for organ, giving local and regional premieres of works by Petr Eben, Daniel Pinkham, Libby Larsen, George Crumb, David Diamond, and others, including Olivier Messiaen’s monumental Livre du Saint Sacrement. He gave the southern California premiere of Stephen Paulus’ First Organ Concerto before a capacity crowd in San Diego’s Balboa Park. He has served on the adjunct faculties of California State University at Los Angeles, Occidental College, and USC. He has performed as organist with many Southern California choirs, not least the Millennium Consort Singers since their founding by Martin Neary.

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The Pasadena Chorale is supported by grants from the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.

THE PASADENA CHORALE

Cindy Abbott

Michael Azevedo

Maggie Bacharach

Kit Bellamy

Lenard Berglund

Heather Bland

Erika Boychenko 

Sara Brock

Denise Brown

Regelin Castillo

Dan Clouse

Nicholas Cofrancesco

David Cooper

David Coren

Christopher Davidson

Siobhán Dougall

Sarah Egan

Valerie Estle

Jenny Farrell

Sarah Finley

Zach First

Valerie Flores

Ian Flores

Inga Funck

Christopher Galasso

Betty Gao

Mary Harmon

Krista Hart

Kevin Hartnett

Max Henke

Cristina Hernandez

GariLynn Hiscott

Anna Hjorth 

Meredith Hooper

Haley Hughes

Luke Jacobs

Jadrian Johnson

Henry Johnson

Patty Judy

Martha Kahane

Matiss Karklins

Lindsay Kearney

Cathy Kim

Ellen Kirstein

Kim Knight

Becca Koester

Lisa Kohlenberger

Maria Lat

Belinda Lau

Paul Lazarus

Margaret Lazzarini

Kellum Lewis

Kevin Locarro

Denise Lumarda

Lori McKenna

Sydney Moss

Casey Murray

Brian Oakey

Jean Pallares Leonard

Frances Pang

Jeff Parkin

Arlene Peraza

Domingas Person

Sandy Price

Marintha Prieto 

Libby Rainey

Jim Rispin

Hannah Robertson

Sarah Schulist

Megan Schulze

Michael Schwartz

Israel Segura

Wendy Shattuck 

Helen Sokol

Amador Solis

Tobin Sparfeld

Alison Spielmann

Bonny Tennant

Chris Tickner

Thandi Tolmay

Stephen Tully

Hailey Turner 

Eric Vesbit

Dianne Waldman

Jen Wang

Jenny Werner

Eric Werner

Brittney Wheeler 

Mandi White 

Helga Zambrano

LIBRETTO

For complete text for tonight's concert, click here.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Rachmaninoff and his family fled war in Russia in December 1917 and sailed to New York in November 1918. He was never to return to his native country. His life in America consisted almost entirely of concertizing; he was an accalimed and popular pianist, giving 60-80 recitals per year. The travel schedule and necessary practice left little time for composing. In fact, all but a handful of Rachmaninoff's pieces were composed before he left Russia.

The All-Night Vigil, a perennial choral favorite composed in 1915, was an unqualified success for Rachmaninoff, and the piece held a special place in his heart. More than 25 years later, as he was composing what would be his last work, the Symphonic Dances, he quoted a climactic section from the All-Night Vigil, a passage that speaks about resurrection and eternal life. 

Rachmaninoff's journey away from his homeland was made by necessity, not by choice, and such journeys of displacement are unfortunately part of the human experience. All the pieces on the program respond to this idea in some way. Epiphany portrays a journey like Rachmaninoff's, from music-filled youth, though a void of sorts, and with a revelation and return at the end. Da Pacem Domine pleads for someone to be a champion of the oppressed, and Caroline Mallonee composed it specifically in response to the sixth movement of Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil. A Thirst for Water explores the idea of place and of the elements and how they drive basic human need, often factors in the experience of displacement. My Heart Be Brave encourages fortitude in the face of hopelessness, a heartwarming anthem with text by Harlem Renaissance poet James Weldon Johnson.

STAFF

THE PASADENA CHORALE

 

STAFF

FOUNDING ARTISTIC & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jeffrey Bernstein

 

ACCOMPANIST

Tali Tadmor

MARKETING & DEVELOPMENT

Bernie Fabig

PRODUCTION COORDINATOR

Annie Ranzani Makarchuk

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Cynthia Abbott

VIDEOGRAPHER

Louis Ng/Lenson Productions

BOARD

CHAIR

Eric Vesbit


SECRETARY

Cynthia Abbott

 

TREASURER

Ellen Kirstein

 

BOARD MEMBERS

David Cooper

Jean Pallares-Leonard

Jeffrey Parkin

Jeannie Sears

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