Friday, March 20, 2015

L.A. MASTER CHORALE DIRECTOR GRANT GERSHON AND THE WATER PASSION

LOOKS KINDA SCARY, DOESN'T IT?...

Last week I got to interview the director of the L.A. Master Chorale, native Angeleno Grant Gershon.

He couldn't have been more helpful or accommodating. I enjoyed our conversation to pieces.

Here's how the piece begins:

The L.A. Master Chorale has been called “the most exciting chorus in the country” under the leadership of Grant Gershon by the L.A. Times.

Director Gershon, a native of Alhambra, is currently in his 14th season. Composer John Adams says, “Grant Gershon is one of those rarities we call ‘the complete musician.’ My respect for his musicality — for his conducting, his extraordinary musical intuition and his formidable ear — knows no bounds.”

For the 2014-2015 season, Gershon chose three pieces about the Passion: Richard Einhorn’s “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion,” and for the weekend after Easter, “The Water Passion After St. Matthew” by Chinese composer Tan Dun.

“It’s quite a trio of contrasting pieces, sonically and emotionally,” Gershon observes. “They’ve been the pillars of our season this year.”


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